West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

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Rowan Class Spring 2017/18 Topic


This half term Rowan Class has two topics.

Year R’s topic will be ‘My Home’. We will start off by naming different parts of the outside of the home, moving on to thinking about the rooms we find inside. Then we will link each room with the activities that happen in it, ie cooking in the kitchen. Following on from this we will focus on what we might find in the garden. We will plant our own bulbs and seeds which will lead us into a mini topic on new life linking to our Easter celebrations in school. In Maths we will continue to practise counting and recognising numbers up to 20. We will work practically on adding one more as well as taking one away and finding out what happens to our total.

Our topic in Years 1, 2 and 3 is ‘Light and Dark’ following on from our focus last half term on the story ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. Our emphasis will be on fact finding using a variety of sources, factual writing and giving explanations. We will start by finding out about the sun and then move on to explore a variety of light sources.  We will then spend time exploring shadows and how we can make and change them. At the end of the half term we will switch focus to the Easter story linking the story to the new life we see around us. In Maths we will focus on 3d shape, time, measuring as well as halving and doubling numbers.


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.