Each half-term, we use a quality core text from which we plan the majority of our learning. We work as a staff team to ensure that across the year, all objectives are met for both Year 1 and Year 2 in all curriculum areas. In addition to our planned activities, the children have Busy Learning periods every day where they can guide their own learning and access independent challenges which are linked to our main text.
The whole of our continuous provision environment is utilised in this planning, both indoors and out.
We promote the use of literacy and maths skills throughout our continuous provision to ensure that the children are using what they have been taught previously. This application and transfer of skills supports the children in creating deeper understanding.
The children also take control of their extended learning through weekly Learning Walks. These take place once the main text is understood and we develop thinking skills using the approach of ;sustained shared thinking'. Adults and peers support each child to develop their thinking and creating an ethos of challenge and perseverance. These learning walks are displayed in the classroom to ensure that all partners in learning are aware of ideas.
We then have a Learning Talk discussion later in the week to ensure that the ideas have been worked on and to create further adaptations to thinking.
We save our Learning Walks in our floor books with examples of the learning that has been undertaken. This is useful evidence to support the assessment of the whole child related to their characteristics of learning. Please see the photos below for some examples of our floor book pages.
Our aim is to develop purposeful learners who think outside the box, challenge themselves and persevere, listening and sharing ideas throughout.