Welcome to our class.
Our class is Ms Calway (Teacher), Ms Derrick, Sr Gamez and Mr Jenkins (Teaching Assistants). Continuing principles, that are embedded in the boys’ routines earlier in the school, we aim to support the boys as they continue in their social, emotional and academic development. In Explorer, we develop our social skills through circle time discussions, PSHE sessions and role play opportunities. We access the curriculum through a range of Learning Experiences, which cover the programmes of study in the upper KS2 Primary curriculum. We make progress in our emotional development through our 'Let's Explore' social, team building and extending learning activities. In Explorer we know that it’s great to make mistakes and use opportunities to challenge ourselves in a secure, structured learning environment. We do our best learning when we feel safe to try new things and explore new concepts. We use a range of strategies to support our learning including visual aids (such as timetables and symbol-assisted signs) and kinaesthetic activities.
We are learning
Science, History and DT Topic
Can I Fall into Space?
This Learning Experience explores the Earth's role in the Solar System and how planets orbit the sun. We will focus on Earth and Space Science, which directly investigates the planets within the solar system, their key features, distance from each other and the sun, and their orbiting path. By considering the Earth's rotation, we will be able to explain day and night and describe the movement of the Earth. By investigating the work of scientists such as Ptolemy, Alhazen and Copernicus, we will understand how the solar system has been modelled. Developing our knowledge of gravity, and Newton's theory, we will be able to explain that gravity is a force. Raising questions about falling objects and the effects of friction, air and water resistance will help us in our scientific study.
On Wednesday 8th January, we were lucky and had a hook day with 'Chemical Cressida' from Fun Science. In our workshop, we participated in some exciting practical work on forces. Our whole school science week begins on 20th January. We have some great activities planned which includes a carousel of science workshops, viewing real space rocks (on loan from NASA) working with our visitor, Jo Richardson, and exploring space in the Space Dome.
Within DT lessons, we will be challenged to design and make a parachute (or parachutes) that will enable a spacecraft to land safely. We will recognise that some mechanisms, including levers and pulleys, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. Using our knowledge, we will design, make and test a retrieval device to lift the spacecraft from the water.
To put our learning into context, we will study the history of the space race. Using historical enquiry, to discover world firsts such as the first man on the moon, first woman in space and the first spacewalk.
Taking inspiration from the artists Wassily Kandinsky and Joan Miro, will help us to create space art and constellations.