Learning in Giraffes class is based around an approach that involves both adult-led teaching and child-initiated learning.
We believe children learn best when they are allowed to discover and apply their growing skills within a range of contexts.
That is why we create learning opportunities that have real life contexts and that are fun and engaging for children.
A typical day within Giraffes class will involve phonics, maths or literacy. We also theme our learning via topic and it is here that we cover our science, history or geography learning.
We also have weekly PE lessons, Forest School and music.
This term Giraffes class have PE on Tuesday and Forest School on Wednesday.
Our topic for the autumn term is ‘We are all special’, with children exploring what it means to be an individual, how to celebrate similarities and differences, as well as looking at what makes them who they are.
Our learning will focus on key texts, including The Owl Babies where children will explore how the owls were feeling, as well as investigating the sequencing of the story.
Our literacy learning will cover the correct use of punctuation when writing sentences, specifically full stops, capital letters and question marks. They will use these skills within the topic looking at what they like, what they are good at and also interviewing their class colleagues by coming up with a series of questions they would like to ask each other in order to learn more about each other.
Our literacy learning is supported by the continuing focus on phonics. Children continue to build their knowledge of new sounds, as well as looking at alternative ways of those sounds appearing within words. A growing number of irregular words will be taught across the year and these will also be communicated to parents to enable children to practise reading and spelling these words.
Children in Giraffes class change their reading books three times per week and read to an adult within school every week. We ask parents/carers to support their children by reading with them at least three times per week. This is then recorded within their reading diaries.
In our maths learning for the autumn term we will be looking closely at place value starting initially at numbers to 10 – both the numerals and the written words – and then expanding this to 20. They will then go on to use their developing skills in addition and subtraction to work within numbers to 20.
Problem solving will feature heavily across the year with children able to apply their mathematical skill to real life contexts. This real life context not only demonstrates to children the importance and relevance of maths within everyday life, but through specific questioning, will enable them to reason their conclusions, providing opportunities to deepen their understanding of key mathematical concepts.