Welcome to our class. We are very lucky to have a brand new building for our new school year; our learning environment is key and we are based behind the Pool House with access to a quiet outdoor area. In Eclipse, we continue the Nurture Principles that are embedded in the boys’ routine in Victory. We develop our social skills through play-based learning, team building activities and social activities such as elevenses.
In Eclipse we know that it’s great to make mistakes! We do our best learning when we feel safe to try new things and explore new concepts. We access the curriculum through a range of Learning Experiences which help us get excited about our learning. Some of our Learning Experiences include ‘History Rocks! The Stone Age’; ‘Remember, Remember’ and ‘Chocolate: From Bean to Bar’. 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 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.