In the Classroom
This term, Red class have been exploring adjectives, adverbs, instructional writing and extended captions, as well as innovation to create our own three-part story, inspired by The Odd Egg, as per our animal topic.
Using animal-themed literary texts as hooks, as well as real life experiences such as cooking, as per cross-curricular learning and transference of knowledge, the boys have used non-fiction and real-life events to influence their writing.
Red class have been exploring captions and labels, including adjectives and positioning language! Using selected Space-themed literary texts as hooks and beebots, as per transference of knowledge and cross-curricular learning, the boys have explored both fiction and non-fiction to aid story sequencing, innovation, predictions and fact files!
We have also used virtual reality as literary hooks in literacy, not only to aid engagement, but to enhance and develop social and emotional development, while allowing for pupils to distinguish fantasy from reality.
Red class are exploring phase 2 and 3 phonics! Using sensory based experiences, we have been mark making sounds and CVC words into a number of differing resources, from sand and dough, to glitter and spaghetti!
Every day, Red class explore our sound bag to find the sound of the day, before forming our new sounds and associated CVC words in such materials alike! We pride ourselves on the ability to incorporate fun, sensory-based, real-life experiences into our phonics learning, in bids to make phonics teaching a memorable, joyful experience – laying the foundations for reading for pleasure.
During term 2, we have been exploring measurement. Using both non-standard and standard units of measurement we have estimated and measured lengths of animals, as per our current topic, both inside and outside of the classroom, to aid early counting, use of rulers and number recognition.
Following our exploration of measurement this term, we have also used autonomy to learn about money! We have used role play to explore giving and receiving change, as well as adding coins of different value together.
Currently, we are exploring time as a form of measurement. We have been using clocks, stopwatches and visual timers to estimate and time ourselves completing daily tasks, thus incorporating P.E into our maths learning.
This term, the Red boys have been exploring ordinality, 1:1 correspondence and addition, in efforts to support early counting. We have used a number of physical and manipulative resources to aid our progress in numeracy, as well as relatable, visual images such as Space, as per our topic, allowing for transference of knowledge, also.
This term, Red class have been learning about Animals, including humans! We have used lots of sensory play, real life experiences and fine/gross motor skills to explore habitats, classification, sea pollution, extinction, fossils, the human body including senses and healthy eating, and the human evolution! We have also used extra-curricular subjects such as cooking and forest school to consolidate our learning in this regard, with amazing results!
This term, Red class have been learning about Space! We have used sensory experiences and real life experiences, enhancing our fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination to explore the planets, constellations and shadows! We have also used extra-curricular subjects such as cooking and forest school to consolidate our learning in this regard, with amazing results!
This term, Red class have been learning about minibeasts, habitats and classification! We have enjoyed using the outdoors and forest school to explore these areas of learning, as well as physically manipulative Venn diagrams to sort and classify animals. Based on our literary text, Duffy’s Great Escape, Red class have also explored sea pollution, leading us to explore extinction.
As per our animals including human’s topic, during the latter half of our term we have been exploring the stages of extinction further, looking at dinosaur bones and fossils, leading into the stages of human life, human senses at forest school and Darwin’s Theory of Evolution!
During term 1, Red class have been exploring plants! As per our space topic, we have chosen to grow our plants based on a chosen planet property (Oliver chosen the freezer to replicate Neptune)! We made predictions, before concluding whether plants could grow on other planets, using our Plant growth diaries to record data through drawings and labels, as per our literacy learning. This led us naturally into the exploration of seasons, where Red class particularly enjoyed measuring temperature in recreated seasons, as well creating their own season collages through a range of materials.