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
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/