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
States of Matter
This half term we have an exciting, science-based curriculum. We will be exploring all things investigation through a series of 'Big Questions'. We will be making predictions, selecting equipment, carrying out fair tests, and recording and evaluating our results.
Throughout the term, we will building our confidence to carry out independent investigations, thinking about how can can answer a given question, as well as asking questions. We will also be carrying out some cooking activities that will challenge our thinking about changing states and how the particles in some materials can only change state once.
In English, we will be learning about instructional writing. We will build up the grammatical skills and language devices to create our own instructions based on recipes.
Our Jigsaw PHSE scheme this term is based on Dreams and Goals; recognising challenges we may face whilst trying to achieve these, and finding ways to work through an overcome those challenges.
This term we are excited to be taking part in Science Week. We will be taking part in whole-school science challenges, welcome some exciting scientists for engaging workshops and have a chance to explore the worlds beyond our own!