Happy Days - Bright Futures
Rowan Class Autumn 2017/18 Topic
Our English topic for the Autumn term in Rowan Class is ‘Once Upon a Time’. This topic will enable us to explore a great variety of traditional tales focussing on the characters, setting and structure in the stories. We will be listening to and reading the stories together, talking about their different elements as well as making links with other stories which may be similar in certain ways. We will be thinking carefully about the sorts of words used in the stories and retelling parts of the stories in our own words. We will make our own puppets and use these to tell the stories and think about the words the different characters might say to each other. Once we know a story well we will think of ways to change it and so make a new story. We will be writing our ideas down as well as writing speech bubbles and parts of our favourite stories focussing on writing complete sentences.
In Maths we will sharpen our mental maths skills every day through activities such as counting, finding out ‘1 more’ or ‘1 less’ than specific numbers and recalling number bonds. Our focus in the main part of our maths sessions will be on counting, reading and writing numbers. We will be comparing numbers using the words more, less, most, least and in-between. We will also be building on our knowledge of addition and subtraction. Just before half term we will suspend our story topic in order to find out about and describe the different foods we like to eat in preparation for our whole school Harvest celebrations.
Vision statement for Rowan class (SLCN centre)
Rowan Class is a specialist centre for children, aged between 4 and 8 with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. Our children who are of Reception age integrate into their mainstream classes for the morning and receive specialist teaching and speech and language therapy in the afternoon. Children from the centre who are in Key Stagse 1 and 2 are taught Maths and English in a specialist environment in the morning as well as receiving speech and language therapy and integrate into a mainstream class for Foundation subjects in the afternoon.
In Reception we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Our Reception sessions are planned and organised to give children a wide variety of play opportunities both in the classroom and in our own outside area. The children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are taught using the Primary National Curriculum England, which was introduced in September 2014.
As in the other Key Stages 1 and 2 classes, Maths and English are taught discretely although links are always made with other learning. Each half term a new ‘English’ topic is introduced with the children. This is carefully chosen to ensure a variety of speaking, writing and reading opportunities. For example, our ‘Jolly Postman’ topic began with an exploration of the book by Janet and Alan Albergh making links with the traditional stories mentioned in the book. We found out about the job of a postman as well as writing and posting our own letters. We then went on to write our own Jolly Postman book, which we shared with another class. Each topic gives purpose and motivation to our language work.
A different element of maths is taught each week and this is carefully planned over a term to ensure breadth but also time to revisit topics. Emphasis is put on linking our maths with every day life, using maths language correctly as well as verbalising learning.
All sessions, for each age range, are very much tailored to moving each child on in their learning from wherever their starting point. Time is given to modelling spoken and written language as well as giving the children as many opportunities as possible to talk in different situations both in and out of school.