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Autumn 2:

What a busy half term we have had!  I hope that the children have had lots of rest over the holidays and are raring to go. The children thoroughly enjoyed our topic ‘Amazing Animals’ and they especially enjoyed learning lots of interesting facts about animals from around the world.

For this half term, our topic is ‘Fire! Fire!’ and as usual we have many exciting things planned! In History, we will be finding out as much as we can about the Great Fire of London.  This will lead onto the children writing a newspaper article about what happened in 1666.  We will hopefully be visiting the new fire station to compare modern fire-fighting methods to those they would have used in the past.  In Art, the children will be using pastels and charcoal to draw Tudor houses and will be creating their own 3D houses, which we will use to recreate the Great Fire of London! In English, we will be reading ‘George and the Dragon’ by Chris Wormell and learning a lot of exciting vocabulary to use in our dragon story!  We have another reading challenge in Orange Class this half term so please make sure that you write a comment and initial their reading diaries so that we can keep a record of how often they are reading. In Maths, we will be using numbers to help us to solve addition and subtraction problems. In Music this half term, we will be listening to music about fire and the children will be learning to rehearse and perform their own version of ‘London’s Burning’.  In Science, we will be using the Wildlife area to record changes in the weather and the environment around us.

This term we have PE on a Monday afternoon and a Thursday morning.   Please ensure that P.E. kit is in school on these days. We are also continuing to work outdoors every Friday afternoon for our Forest School lessons.  Your child will need warm clothing (coat, hat, scarf and gloves) in school as we go outside whatever the weather!

The creative homework last half term was fabulous and overleaf are some more ideas that reinforce the learning we are doing in class. I hope that they will enjoy completing some of the tasks. As always, it is a chance for them to show you what they are learning at school and to continue their learning at home.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Orange Class! I have been very much looking forward to meeting our new class and it is nice to see that the children have settled in and are ready to learn. This year, I will be teaching alongside our wonderful teaching assistants Mrs Miller and Mr Cooper.

Our topic this half term is ‘Amazing Animals’ and the children are very keen to find out lots of interesting facts about animals around the world. They have been busy discovering the role-play area outside our classroom this week, which enables a smooth transition into KS1. They will also have the opportunity to explore our ‘Lego Lab’ and their story scenes will encourage rich language, which will in turn help their story writing.

In English this term, we will be reading ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and we will be using lots of
drama to inspire us to write our own penguin stories. We will also be guided reading everyday as it is so important that your child reads as often as possible. Reading is such an important part of their learning so please encourage your child to read at home every day. In Geography, we will be exploring different kinds of maps and looking at hot and cold places in the world. We will also be creating clay penguins and African  sunset pictures; learning how to use different shades and tones.

As mathematicians we will be learning about numbers to 20, using different resources to help us. As scientists we will be learning about the features of animals in hot and cold countries and they will also be exploring the changes in the seasons. We will be spending one afternoon in the Wildlife area using natural materials and the outdoor space to support their creative learning. Please can you make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves in school as we go out whatever the weather!

We have PE on a Monday and Thursday so please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. We are continuing the challenge of running a mile a day, which was great fun last year. Please make your child has suitable footwear (black trainers/shoes) to run in every day. The creative homework reinforces what the children are learning in class and I hope that they will enjoy completing the tasks. It is a chance for the children to show you what they are learning at school and to continue their learning at home.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me before school and I am also free to catch up after school. I look forward to working with you and your child this year in supporting them to continue making good progress.