Happy New Year everyone! I hope that you have had an enjoyable and restful Christmas break. I am very excited to begin the Spring term and we have lots of super learning in store for Zebras Class.
Our PE day is now a Wednesday. This term we will be doing Athletics and Swimming, we will be starting with athletics in Spring 1 and will change to swimming in Spring 2. Please ensure that children have the appropriate, named kit on these days.
Homework will be set weekly. Please ensure that this is completed. It will be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned the following Tuesday. Children should continue to bring their reading books along with their reading records to school daily. I would like children to aim to read five times a week and ask that parents/carers would sign children's reading records to show that they are working in partnership with us as a school to support the children's reading. I hope that many of you have completed the competition sent by Bookman. I think he may be visiting us again soon to see how we are getting on with our reading!
We have lots of exciting learning planned for this term. Here is a brief summary of what we will be learning in each subject.
In our English learning this term, we will be using the focus texts ‘The Queen’s Nose’ and ‘Iron Man’. Through these texts we will be developing our skills of creating narratives and writing recounts such as newspaper reports. We will be building on the writing skills that we have been working on this term and applying them into different writing contexts. We begin with Iron Man and know that the children are going to love this text.
In Maths our focus will be on measurement. We will be developing our skills in measuring length, mass, volume before moving onto money and time in the second half of the term. We will continue to revisit the skills that we have been practising in the autumn term and applying our calculation skills within our learning about measurement
Our Science topic for this term is ‘Rocks and Fossils’. This will involve developing an understanding of different types of rocks and how they are formed. Children will also explore how fossils are formed.
In the first half of spring term, in History, we are learning about Ancient Egyptian civilisations. We will explore what life was like in Ancient Egypt, their traditions and beliefs as well as developing an understanding of the features of the Ancient Egyptian society. Children will look at the different ways that the past is represented, using sources of information and making observations, inferences and deductions.
In the second half of the spring term, in Geography, we will be exploring the wonders of the world and developing knowledge of continents and oceans. We will be linking this with our learning about Egypt and the pyramids.
In Art we are moving on to develop our skills in sculpture, before moving on to working with materials and textiles. Our DT learning is around preparing food to suit a healthy and varied diet. In Music we will be developing our listening and appraising, singing, improvising, composing and evaluation skills using R&B, Michael Jackson, Western Classical, Musicals, Motown and Soul music. Our key learning questions for our RE learning this term are ‘What is it like to follow God’ and ‘What do humanists value most in life?’ In C4L for Spring 1 we will be exploring safety and how to keep ourselves safe in different situations. In PE this term, we are developing our skills in swimming and athletics. In our French learning, we will be developing our French vocabulary linked to Numbers 0-6 , 5 colours - reading/writing, questioning and answering about our name. We will use stories such as Roule galette and L’automne arrive to support this.
I am available before and after school if you have any queries or questions. Please do not hesitate to ask!
In English, we have been learning about the story 'The Ice Palace'. To understand more about the plot of the story, we role played being heroes and villains and created some questions to ask each other during our hot-seating activity. We discovered lots about why heroes and villains act in certain ways!
Last week, we were very lucky because we had the opportunity to work with a talented poet, Neal Zetter. We worked with Neal to develop our performance skills before delivering our poem during the whole school Poetry Slam. We had so much fun and the Zebras did a fantastic job!
In RE we are learning about Christian beliefs about creation. We started this unit by thinking about WOW factors in the world. We went outside to find and explore things that are amazing in nature. Here are some pictures that the children thought were an amazing part of creation.
Welcome back Zebras!
We hope that you have had a wonderful summer holiday and are ready for the exciting year ahead.
I have been very busy preparing the classroom and planning lots of exciting and engaging lessons that I know you’re going to enjoy.
Miss Nicholls is our teaching assistant throughout the whole week and we also have Mrs Laughton (HLTA) on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning.
There are some important pieces of information that we have listed below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to us.
- PE day is Tuesday. This half term we will be doing Swimming and Dance. Dance for the first 3 weeks (10/09, 17/09, 24/09) and Swimming for the last 3 weeks (02/10, 09/10, 15/10). Please ensure that you have the appropriate, named kit on these days.
- Homework will be set weekly. Please ensure this is completed.
- Children will be given a reading book and reading record throughout the course of our first week back. These should be brought to school daily. We would like children to aim to read five times a week and would ask that parents/carers would sign their reading records to show that they are working partnership with us as a school to support the children’s reading.
We have lots to learn this half term and we know that it’s going to be a fun and rewarding learning journey.
In English we are going to use the text ‘Cliffhanger’ by Jacqueline Wilson as our stimulus for writing. We are going to be creating a recount, writing in role as the main character Tim before moving on to explore persuasive writing and creating our own brochure for an adventure camp.
Our Maths learning begins by focusing on developing ‘Place Value’ skills. Children will be working with three digit numbers and ensuring they understand their values. We will then move on to developing our addition and subtraction skills using mental methods as well as written methods to add and subtract.
We will investigate light through our Science topic. This will involve developing an understanding of why we need light, looking at the dangers of sunlight and how to protect ourselves, investigating how light reflects from surfaces, and exploring shadows, how they’re formed and how they change.
Our History learning focuses on The Stone Age to Iron Age. We will discover what it was like to live in prehistoric times for the first humans in Britain. We will look at how life evolved and changed throughout this era.
In Music, children are extremely fortunate to have whole class music tuition, learning to play the J-Sax (junior saxophone). Our Art work will focus on developing our drawing skills, looking at using proportion, shape, colour, shade and form. In RE we are looking at what Christians learn from the creation story. In D&T we will be creating structures. The children will begin to learn French now that they are in Key Stage 2. This will begin with learning some greetings and classroom commands. In our Curriculum for Life skills lessons we will be looking at Rules and the need for rules in different areas of life.
We will be keeping our class page updated with details and photos of our learning. This is a great tool to use to talk to the children about their school day.
I am available before and after school if you have any need to talk to me. Please do not hesitate to do so!