Miss Tregunna, our Deputy Headteacher, ably supported by Mrs Holdich, teaches Horsebridge class which brilliantly bridges the jump between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Their topics for learning recognise their growing awareness of the world around them and provide challenging opportunities for them to ask questions and learn in greater depth about their own culture and that of others.
Learning is carefully planned as part of the wider infant team and children’s interests and growing knowledge is taken into account. Phonics stills plays a huge part in learning at this age and children’s knowledge is continued from their earlier starting point using Letters & Sounds. Children are independent readers who are beginning to read more widely, often loving non-fiction at this age and moving into reading a wider selection of books that are their own choice.
To ensure equity of experience, Horsebridge and Redbridge children (who share Year 2), both study the same topics and, just like the children in Redbridge, Horsebridge children love to learn new things. In the second half of the Autumn term they will be learning all about toys.
They will begin the half term exploring toys from the past and thinking about the similarities and differences between the toys they play with and the toys their parents and grandparents may have played with. We will be building timelines to ensure we understand the chronology of these toys and we will think about how everyday life impacts on the toys that children like to play with.
When thinking about toys from the past we will consider the lack of power sources and the use of different forces. We will develop fair tests when finding the ‘best toy car’ for a toy box. Once we have learnt about the features of these toy cars we will then use our knowledge of forces, axles and wheels to design and make our own moving vehicles.
Horsebridge have been learning about Sukkot this term and the ‘big idea’ of a RITUAL. Our RE and cultural learning is underpinned by this ‘big idea’ so that children explore it first within their own lives and then how it applies to other faiths and beliefs. They have had great fun and generated lots of questions about how and why people celebrate rituals and special occasions but ended up focusing on Sukkot. Through drama, they understood the story behind Sukkot, built their own sukkahs and learned some of the aspects of this important Jewish festival. The pictures below tell their own story!
We visited the local Solar farm where we learnt about solar power. We also studied the biodiversity of the site as we were worried that habitats may have been destroyed in the building of the farm.
In the autumn term we held a Victorian day with Redbridge Class as part of our learning about life in the past. We decided that we quite like being at school in 2017 after all!
Your child has an individual log on for their Mathletics account and we encourage them to use this at least 4 times in the week. There will always be a challenge set by the class teacher which is relevant to the learning they are doing in school that week. Once this is completed, they are free to undertake and tackle maths challenges of their choice.
You can register as a parent and be linked to your child so that you can find out exactly how successful they’ve been and what areas of maths they’ve tackled. Follow the link here to get registered.