In Giraffe Class we encourage the children to be independent, as we believe that through a mixture of teacher-led activities and enquiry based learning the children will become successful learners.
Throughout the day we cover Phonics, English, Reading and Maths which is often linked to our class topic and incorporates aspects of Science, Geography, History, Art and D.T.
Children in Giraffe Class are able to change their reading book and free choice book whenever they wish as long as their reading diary has been signed by an adult at home. Reading at home is extremely important for children of this age and should be a pleasant experience for both adult and child! As an incentive for children to read at least 3 times a week at home we are again running a stamp card reward system where the children will work towards receiving a prize when their card is complete. The children will also enjoy practising their reading skills at school through guided reading sessions and individual reading to an adult in class at least once a week.
This term - Spring 2017, our topic is 'Our World of Opposites' and we have been exploring opposites across the curriculum.
By exploring “Past and Present” “Old and New” and “Now and Then” the children have looked at how clothes, transport, homes and schools have changed over time.
Our class book “Blanche and Rocky” has introduced “Hot and Cold” climates and the children have looked at different climates both in England as the Seasons change and in differing countries across the world. We have also had our very own “Weather Station” in the classroom. The children have also enjoyed making their own Blanche and Rocky pictures.
Role Play Area.
Throughout the year we encourage the children to think about “Healthy and Unhealthy” life styles. Our Role Play Area this term is a Doctor’s Surgery which gives the children a chance to learn through play about keeping themselves healthy and to help them make healthy choices.
In Giraffe Class we are fortunate to have many Maths Games and Resources. A selection of these are available for the children to choose during independent learning times within our Maths Area. This term the children have been measuring temperature, collecting weather data, comparing and representing numbers, counting in twos, adding and subtracting.
Phonics continues to be a focus for our Year 1 children and our display is always available to support reading and writing. We have a designated area for independent practising of sounds and a selection of reading and writing opportunities available.
Of course there is always an opportunity for the children to explore their own interests through play, with many children becoming experts in construction through making Lego models or using similar construction materials.