Welcome to Discovery Class
Discovery class aims to build upon the the progress achieved in the Nurture Classes of Victory and Eclipse. In Discovery, pupils still have an opportunity to engage in a range of multi-sensory learning tasks but there is an emphasis on developing a greater independence in preparation for the Junior section of the school.
The learning units they study, as a topic format such as 'The Romans' or Electricity', ensure a more comprehensive learning experience; allowing them to link pieces of information together to make a more holistic learning approach.
Daily phonics sessions and regular reading tasks help to develop the pupils' confidence in tackling these fundamental literacy skills. Activities are differentiated to meet the particular learning needs of each child. Writing tasks are closely linked to the learning topic set out for each half-term.
Maths teaching follows the programme set out by the National Curriculum and is based upon the the revised Abacus Maths Teaching Scheme. The children learn number skills in a systematic to build upon their existing understanding.
The Discovery Class moto is 'Carpe Diem' - seize the day, which hopefully encourages students to make the most of every learning opportunity , lesson and day. Staff seek to support and encourage pupils to make the most of each learning experience , and help them to gain from their experiences.
Students in Discovery Class have the chance to choose and look after freshwater fish. This responsibility has proved extremely popular and enables pupils to develop a sense of responsibility and care. They are also encouraged to help with a range of classrooms jobs to promote independence and care for their learning environment. Discovery Class has a number of calm spaces for pupils to take time out to resolve their concerns and anxieties.
We are learning
This half term we will be learning about rivers, in both the UK and the world. In Geography, we will be studying the River Stour and seeing how the river changes as it runs through the local countryside. By having first-hand experiences of looking at the course of this local river, we will gain knowledge of how the waterway and the the landscape that surrounds it, changes the river's journey. By using our mapping skills, observational skills and developing fieldwork techniques, we will learn new geographical vocabulary and will be able to name and describe the features of a watercourse.
Linking with our Geography lessons, the focus in Science will be finding out the water cycle and conducting investigations into evaporation and condensation. We will also learn about food chains and the classification of animals by looking at the creatures in our local environment.
In Art lessons, we will look closely at pieces by the impressionist painters Georges Seurat and Claude Monet. Using techniques similar to the ones used by these artists, we will create our own artwork inspired by their famous interpretations of water.
Writing a narrative will be the theme of our English Lessons. Developing our work on characterisation and settings will help support us when we write our very own adventure story entitled the 'raindrop'.
In Jigsaw (PHSE), we will be looking at the topic 'Healthy Me' and will be finding out how to stay both physically and mentally healthy.