The adults working in Endurance class are Mr Coombes (Teacher) and Miss Carter (Teaching Assistant).
The boys in Endurance Class are all in national curriculum year 6 and we follow a program of study to meet the objectives for Upper Key Stage 2. The curriculum is delivered in many different ways and is tailored to meet individual needs as well as encouraging collaboration and group learning. We promote a calm and purposeful learning environment and maximise learning through cross –curricular topic based themes. These themes run for a half term period, with our working walls and displays reflecting each area of study.
Independence and deeper thinking are encouraged, as we prepare the boys for moving on to secondary provision. Our aim is that they will sit the National end of Key Stage 2, Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), in May, in line with other year 6 pupils across the country.
During the year we take part in residential visits which can help develop further social skills as well as finding fun ways to add to our classroom based learning.
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.