Elaine Education Centre
In Ash Class, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling them to make links throughout their learning. We ensure all our lessons include challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences, and through feedback from both adults and peers. We have high expectations for both pupils and staff, and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.
We will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts. For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from Giraffes Can’t Dance! By Giles Andreae. They will explore the themes of diversity, identity and friendship, whilst using PE and the Arts to drive their learning across the curriculum. The children will have the opportunity to write their own descriptions of the characters using increasingly varied and complex vocabulary. In Music, the children will use percussion instruments to express their emotions and identity. This will then be shared with peers in a special assembly at the end of the half term. Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers. To accompany our published writing, the children will be creating observational drawings of giraffes and using print to create giraffe patterns.
As we move into the second half term, Ash Class will continue to draw from the theme of identity with our core text ‘The Fox and the Star’. As a class we will use our Design and Technology skills to create bird feeders to support the wildlife in our local area. We will also develop our story telling skills by creating our own version of the text.
Across the term our Topic Learning will support our cross-curricular ethos as the children explore the common themes and topics from their core texts. In Science, Ash Class will be learning about healthy bodies and healthy minds. The children will have the opportunity to learn about ways they can keep themselves healthy as well as calming techniques such as mindfulness. In PE, the children will continue to develop their fundamental movement skills alongside the sport of football.
Our Maths learning will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving. We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems with all four operations. We will continue to take on daily ‘challenges’ in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics and core texts to inspire us with real life problem solving.
Children will receive 3 reading books a week. Pupils will get books levelled matched to their levels and picture books to share at home. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due every Wednesday. Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English activities, as well as assignments related to our topic learning. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.
Our learning during the Autumn Term will have an overarching theme of Mental Wellbeing, and will be based around our core texts: ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho-Yen and ‘Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis. We will use these inspiring novels to explore various areas of the curriculum and the global learning goals in an exciting and creative way, giving our pupils opportunities to grow and develop via relatable experiences that will allow them to reflect on their own mental wellbeing and how their current decisions can impact their future.
Over the first half term in English, we will be developing our fictional writing. As we read our core text, ‘Boy in the Tower’, we will be building an awareness of the characters, the relationships they create and the choices they make by writing a narrative based on key events in the story. We will be looking at how figurative language and sentence structure have an effect on a reader. During the second half term, we will be learning the skills required to write a split narrative perspective from two main character’s points of view.
In Maths, we are focusing on developing our understanding of place value, addition and subtraction. We will then apply our knowledge of these methods to solve a range of real-life problems. In the second half of the Autumn term, we will continue our learning of the four operations by moving on to multiplication and division before moving on to statistics, area and perimeter.
In Science, we will focus on the topic: ‘Properties of Materials’. We will be sorting and classifying everyday objects based on their properties. We will be conducting lots of experiments to investigate reversible and irreversible changes, and which solids and liquids will create a solution. We will be building towards applying our learning when carrying out a scientific enquiry in order to plan a comparative test and explain and present results in a clear way.
In Art, we will be focusing on the work of Colin Ruffell; we will explore his approach to landscapes to create our own tower blocks. The children will consider mark making and observational drawings, linking closely to our core text. Linking to our core text in Autumn 2, children will be exploring portraits through the use of various media.
This term, we will be exploring the global theme of “identity and diversity”. During Autumn 1, the children will take part in a project that highlights and builds awareness of positive mental health through various activities. In Autumn 2, we will look at gender/gender stereotypes in our community and wider communities and will complete a project based on this.
Pupils are able to change their reading book each week. Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.
In line with the weekly theme, there is regular homework, which consists of Maths and English tasks, and occasional project work linked to our topic.