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
This term’s topic is ‘Explorers and Trailblazers’. We will be focusing on geographical skills, which will include knowing the compass points, understanding map symbols and reading grid references. We shall also look at some famous historical explorers and people who have been considered trailblazers; including some more modern individuals who are challenging the way people look at the world. Explorers and adventurers undertake extreme physical challenges, as they travel to places around the world. We will consider this in our cookery sessions and think about the nutrition required for them to maintain their health and fitness. Looking at the way in which modern transportation has enabled people the world over to have an ever-growing variety of foods on demand, we will reflect on issues surrounding food miles. We will think about the impact of importing foods, regardless of the season, and compare this to using home-grown seasonal produce in cookery.
Within English, we shall be looking at the story ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. Seeing how authors use language to engage a reader from the beginning of their stories, we will also learn how to write persuasively to encourage people to protect part of our planet. Within these written pieces, we will be developing our use of parenthesis to add additional information to sentences. Using our knowledge of the difference between fact and opinion, we will be able to show how these are used to persuade.
How can you help at home?
Supporting your child to know their Times Tables. The pupils could also do some research on a favourite explorer or adventurer (this could be a significant person from history e.g. Columbus or a modern adventurer such as Jessica Watson). Ducksters is a website for children that has lots of biographies on. https://www.ducksters.com/biography/explorers/