Miss Ashtiyani is the class teacher for the Super Seals (Year 3 and 4 mixed) with support from two Teaching Assistants (Mrs Slater and Mrs Lench).
Learning topics in 'The Reef' are cross curricular and largely influenced by the children. The National Curriculum is then magically woven throughout the lesson experiences, keeping learning engaging and purposeful to each individual child. In the past topics have involved children setting up their own museums and talking to parents about their exhibitions, children have started up their own small businesses and used the profit to fund class experiences, children have become tour guides and directed visitors around a fictional Roman town and during one topic we were visited by an alien and a MI5 agent!
Spellings - Spelliarmus
The children are given a set of spellings to take home and learn for the following week. For each correct spelling they collect a brick which they use to construct their own buildings using the Lego Digital Designer programme.
Handwriting - Pen-Jitsu
We follow the school’s Pen-Jitsu scheme, which helps children to focus on presentation and handwriting. The children work their way up Grandmaster Greybeards belt grades to improve their handwriting by working on letter formation and cursive writing. Progress and achievements are rewarded with certificates, badges, special writing pencils, pencil cases, rulers, rubbers and pens. The grand aim being to earn their 'Pen Powers' where the children receive a special pen and metallic badge to wear at all times.
This scheme helps to motivate the children to read a wide variety of texts as often as possible. Children are rewarded for the amount of times they read with an adult and are encouraged to read books from a variety of different genres. The children in the class decide how they would like to be rewarded once they hit a certain milestone with rewards such as certificates, stickers, house points and extra points in Class Dojo.
Learning in mathematics is fun and exciting. Children have lots of opportunities to learn new concepts using practical apparatus.