Happy Days - Bright Futures
Part of the Bourne Education Trust
Rowan Class Autumn 2018/2019 Topic
This half term our over-arching topic will be entitled ‘This is me’. This topic will enable all the children to start the year feeling positive about themselves, recognise their uniqueness as well as the similarities and differences they share with others. It will be a good way for the children to talk about themselves and their own experiences eg likes and dislikes. As well as a discussion, this will lead to opportunities for descriptive writing as well as a variety of art activities. We will also be exploring our five senses as part of our topic and we will take time to find out about each sense through practical hands on activities and experiments. The half term will end with a week based around ‘Harvest’ and what this means to us linking in with our whole school celebrations. In Maths, Years 1-4 will be covering addition, subtraction, 3d shape and money; always making links with other areas of learning whenever possible.
Our focus in Rowan class is always on speaking and listening, as well as offering a highly differentiated curriculum based on the needs of each child. We will be sending home a vocabulary list, which links directly to the words we will be working on throughout the topic as well as in Speech therapy sessions.
Vision statement for Rowan class (COIN 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.