Giraffe Class Rationale 2019/2020
Giraffe’s are a Key Stage 1 class who follow the National Curriculum as part of a structured school day which includes routines designed to help the children work on their independence and communication skills. We deliver a thematic curriculum to cover foundation subjects in a stimulating and exciting way. Giraffe class pupils respond well to structure in the class and this in turn allows them more opportunities to reach their full potential.
We aim to deliver a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to all of our pupils. The content is driven by each pupil’s ECHP outcomes within each of the four areas: Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional, Medical & Health and Physical and Sensory.
We also offer a range of enrichment activities alongside the wider curriculum opportunities. These include sessions such as forest school, swimming, soft play, sensory room, focus days related to modern foreign languages and activities related to and supporting local and national events pertinent to our growth and understanding of the greater world.
The pupils follow a structured learning day consisting of daily routines, adult led learning and ample opportunities for child initiated learning. All learning opportunities are personalised taking into account the various learning styles within the group. There is a high staff: pupil ratio to allow each pupil to reach their full potential.
The classroom is structured into various learning zones so that whole class teaching and small group work can be carried out successfully. There are also other areas available within school affording quieter distraction free learning zones to facilitate meeting all pupils’ needs.
Weekly swimming and P.E. sessions occur which all pupils’ access. They also have weekly timetabled sessions of soft play and sensory room access which allows teaching staff to facilitate peer interaction in a more social setting.
Forest school is a magical learning time that all of our class enjoy. They learn within the outdoor environment and develop awareness of the greater world and things they can do to improve their world.
All pupils are given every opportunity to reach their full potential. Learning is personalised and meaningful. The holistic approach used develops not only academic skills but also has focus on the importance of independence and interpersonal skills.