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In our class...

The Characteristics of Learning overarch all of the children's learning and we aim to make them explicit to the children as they move through the day.  By the end of the year words such as perseverence and cooperation have become part of their everyday vocabulary.  

 

 

Talk is at the heart of everything we do and we try to provide  exciting opportunities  to encourage a variety of talk, from creative thinking to collaboration and evalution.

 

 Here are just a few of the things we have investigated lately.

 "That's a stalk...I found some seeds!...My Grandad's plants, you have to water them and put soil on them...The bees stir the pollen round and each has a go. They make honey for the baby bees."

Every parent has access to their child's online learning journal and we have found this invaluable for helping parents encourage children to talk about their learning. ("What a thrill it is to see my daughter's work and her teachers' comments. Thank you for making time to do this.")

 

 

Role play is of course invaluable for encouraging different kinds of talk.  We provide opportunities for role playing various occupations as well as stories and story telling.

Electrician role play: "I'm trying to find a place to plug in the telly fan. I'm making an outside TV...We've been working for an hour. All the wires isn't working all over the house...My name is Mr We-Can-Fix-It. I'd better get back to my work. I've got to get all the wires mended up..."

 See if you can guess each scenario in these photos.

 

Cookery is superb for crossing all areas of learning from social skills and science to maths, literacy and physical skills.  The list is endless, which is why we make a point of cooking with the children every week.  See if you can work out the learning from each of these photos.

 

"Golden syrup is made out of honey because it's all sticky. It's not the same as honey because there's a special thing in it to make it more sticky."

"The jelly cubes look smaller. They are melting. They are going away..We get bigger when we get hot...It's gonna freeze like ice in the fridge."

F wanted to share the orange segments with his friend. "We've got the same - No! I've got 7. Take one away. Now we're the same."

W  remembered that he had made jelly for his party. "We need to take the wrapper off, then you need to pull the squares apart - they've got corners - then put it in the pot. Put hot water in and it will turn into orange juice....Look! It's got melted down...It's halfway up - 40!"

 

Physical skills are an important part of the curriculum, not just in the traditional sense of P.E. but in the development of fine motor skills too and, to this end, we offer dedicated sessions of both  P.E. and fine motor skills.  The latter we call Funky Fingers, which the children love, and involve fun activities to practise important pivotal movements through  the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers.  Take a look at our gallery to see some of these in action.

 

 

We call our maths sessions Nifty Numbers in an effort to distance the children from negative adult comments about maths. We do maths everywhere, indoor, outdoor, in the kitchen, during water play...and we try to make it as meaningful, varied and fun as possible.  We allow the children to move at their own pace through carefully selected activities so that they are in control of their learning and take new challenges in their stride as and when they are ready.  Click here for more photos to dispel the myth that maths is boring!

 

 

Our children are very creative and regularly decide on their own projects during sessions that we call Art Attack.  

"I like the roller. It's bigger than a brush. It's faster...This roller is better cos it's crumbly. It's faster cos it goes softer..."

N made a house and decorated it with a paper chain. "I made it high so nobody will tread on it in the house. Sellotape is stronger than glue...and I've put sparkles on. Mr Putt lives in this house because he saw it and said,'I love it!'"

From time to time we also embark on a project together, whilst still preserving that all important element of choice.

The children love to mix media and experiment with new techniques.  The bowls they made, inspired by Goldilocks and the Three Bears would not look out of place in any art gallery!

Once the bowls were finished, the children wrote about them and even tested them out at snack time!  Click here to see the photos!

 

 

Sand and water play is another great learning experience.  The children's experimentation just gets more and more elaborate as they move their thinking on. 

 

E was full of ideas during water play. He wanted to attach a funnel, then a bottle to the end of a wet pipe. "Put the tape underneath...Dry it with a tea towel...Try again!" He tried lots of different ideas for attaching it as various problems occurred.  He later explained that once the water had gone down the pipe and filled the bottle any extra water would back up the pipe until that was full too. Click here for photos.

 

Forest School is always a popular activity.  

It gives the children opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Click here for photos.

J wanted to build a den to hide in from the troll. He found a tarpaulin and hung it in the tree. To lift the flap he tried inserting a stick through the metal hole but couldn't manage it. "I know - we need a peg! Shall I go and get one?"  J pegged the tarpaulin onto a stick he had pushed into the ground. Now for the other end. There was a slit in the fabric so he pushed through a piece of string and persevered until he had tied it with a knot to the stile.

B decided to make a see-saw. His first effort was good and he asked a friend to sit on it, but then he wanted to make it better so tried with a longer plank. That worked well so then B asked another friend to help test it and together they decided to add 'handles'...

 

Block play is great for developing children's maths, scientific, social and cognitive skills.

"It's all right - we can just build it up again...That's a slide...This is a wall and there's lots of slides on it...I just put the blocks on gently so they don't fall down." 

Again we aim for a healthy mix of self chosen and suggested challenges.  Click here for more photos.