In Year 1, our lessons incorporate a combination of whole class teaching, small group work; with Kagan structures at the core of our teaching and learning. Within our classrooms there are 6 areas of learning; these include Role Play, Writing, Reading, Creative, Construction and Numeracy. In each area there are activities for the children to complete, to consolidate prior learning. These become more structured as the year progresses.
The rationale behind this approach is to empower children to develop the skills they need to become independent life long learners. At Beaver Road Primary School we have set out Learning Essentials for each year group. This document looks at six areas to develop skills in: these include Self Management, Effective Participation, Resourceful thinking, Reflective learning, Independent Enquiry and Teamwork. The continuous areas of learning ensure that children are given opportunities to develop these skills and also consolidate learning objectives independently.
The Learning Environment makes an active contribution to children's independent learning. Interactive displays, high frequency words, technical and ambitious vocabulary, text features, book corners and easily accessible resources all contribute towards pupil progress.
Each classroom has a topic display board outside. This shows the learning journey a class has taken from the previous half term, including pictures and examples of work. The display should include; what the children’s perceptions and understanding were at the beginning of the topic, what key questions the children wanted to find out and the tasks they were involved in to answer these questions.