Exploring, questioning, making links – as the children in Years 1 and 2 develop a sense of the world around them and their place within it, we’re here to encourage and inspire them.
That means throwing open the classroom doors and breaking down rigid boundaries between subjects, because learning isn’t all about set lessons. Opportunities are everywhere, all day and every day.
Here’s how it might work in practice. Say we’re learning the story of the owl who was afraid of the dark in English. We might link that to the habitats of nocturnal animals in geography and look for them in our Forest School, make owl animations in IT, find out about owl pellets in science and make owl cushions and collages in art. To top it off, we organise a visit from the Raptor Foundation, who run workshops, allow each pupil to handle an owl and give a flight show – and that brings on a flood of creative writing.
All our cross-curricular topics start with a discussion of what the children already know and what they want to find out, so they are genuinely involved and excited about what they’ll discover next.
No wonder our children live their learning and love every minute of it.