Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Class

Welcome to Darwin Class

Welcome to Darwin Class, the learning environment for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, and Year 2. We are taught by Mr Gillespie, Mrs White-Culf, Miss Mynard, Mrs Finch and Mrs Blakemore. If we are not in our classroom, we can be found on our Pirate ship in our outdoor learning area, cooking in our outdoor kitchen, exploring in the conservatory or learning in our Forest School area.

In Darwin class we are inclusive, accepting, and work hard at being the best versions of ourselves. We believe every child is unique and full of potential, so we passionately work to help them progress, achieve, and discover their given talents. Whilst our engaging curriculum and environments encourage learning and independence, our class ethos of respect helps to develop us into kind, caring, responsible young people.

Every morning we all enjoy daily sessions of Phonics following the Read, Write, Inc programme. We learn English, Maths, Reading, and Handwriting every morning too.

In the afternoons, Nursery and Reception enjoy enriching activities such as art, cooking, and forest school alongside child initiated sessions to enable them to develop the key strands of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Key Stage 1 spend their afternoons developing the key knowledge and skills required to ensure they progress in the subjects of Geography, History, Science, Computing, RE, Music, Art and D&T through our termly topics. We enjoy weekly PE and Forest sessions too.

Our topic this term is ‘Working on Water’. Children in Darwin will be learning about the difference in characteristics of land and sea. They will be able to identify and locate the surrounding seas of the UK and name and locate the 5 oceans. Children will learn about the Titanic and the period of time in history surrounding the event.  In Art, children will develop the skills required to paint their own Landscapes using colour, texture, shape, and form. They will also explore a range of landscape artists and talk about their work. In D & T, we will design and make a boat that floats and a raft that can carry objects across water. This will link to our Science learning, exploring the physical properties of a range of materials and thinking about what material would be best to make a boat with. We will also learn about different marine animals.

The Spring term 2020 curriculum can be found here: Darwin class (Reception and Nursery)

The Spring term 2020 curriculum can be found here: 

The Spring term topic plan: Topic plan

The development statements and early learning goals can be found here: Development statements

The early years plan for Tilstock Primary School can be found here: EYFS Policy

The daily routine of pupils in Darwin class can be seen here:  Darwin Class Daily Timetable

The provision of pupils in Darwin class is available here:  Nursery Provision

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