What is a taproot? The acorn sends a shoot upward, the taproot. This is the first stage in the transformation of the acorn into the mighty oak tree. The taproot searches out and provides vital nutrients and water as well as anchoring the tree to the ground. In Taproot Class we gain vital knowledge which forms the roots of our learning and enables us to grow into strong and stable learners.
Taproot class is a mixed class of Year One and Year Two children. In Taproot our teachers are Mrs Paine (Monday to Thursday) and Mrs Hartley (Friday). In our class we also have Mrs English, Mrs Wood and Mrs Cooper who help us with our learning. Our topic this term is ‘Explorers and Invaders’, and this links into many of our subjects. We’ll be learning about pirates and other significant explorers, while thinking of places in the UK and around the world which we would like to explore and by what means!
We have Maths, English and Phonics every morning and other subjects, such as Geography, Music, Art, History, ICT, PSHE in the afternoons. PE will be on a Monday and Thursday.
There is an element of play based learning in our lessons and we work in different groups throughout the day, gradually becoming more independent in our written work over the two years that we spend in this class. We sing lots of songs to help us remember important things and often play learning games inside and outside of the classroom.
Every year the PTFA very kindly gives us some money to spend on resources for the classroom. This money is essential to help us buy all those "extra" bits and bobs that really help the children to engage in their learning and bring that learning to life. The fundraising ideas are always inventive and great fun for all involved.