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Autumn 2:

What amazing creative homework we had last term!  It was great to see how hard the children had worked on their projects.  They all thoroughly enjoyed our first topic ‘Fire, Fire!’ and especially learning interesting facts about The Great Fire of London.  I also want to say a big thank you to everyone at home who helped with our reading challenge.  The children have made fantastic progress in their reading already so please encourage them to keep up the good work at home!

Our topic this half term is ‘Follow That Map!’ and we will be learning exciting facts about the United Kingdom.  As Geographers, we will be looking at the four countries of the U.K. and the children will be sampling different foods, music and sport from each country.  As Historians, we will be learning about our Royal Family and will be planning a ‘Royal Celebration’ of our own!  In English, we will be reading lots of Traditional Tales and we will be learning new vocabulary to use in our own stories. As Scientists, we will continue to record changes in the weather and the environment around us for our nature journals.  The children will also be using pastels and charcoal to draw self-portraits, experimenting with different shades and tones.

Vocabulary linked top our topic includes: England, London, Wales, Cardiff, Northern Ireland, Belfast, Scotland, Edinburgh, continent, country, city, Royal Family

This half term we have P.E. on a Monday afternoon and a Tuesday morning.   Please ensure that the children have their P.E. kit is in school on these days. We will be continuing their mile a day at lunchtimes, when the weather is suitable, so please ensure your child has suitable footwear (trainers/pumps) to run in every day.  We are also planning to get out every Thursday afternoon for our Forest School lessons, come rain or shine!

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, Mr Higgins and Miss Morgan.

Our topic this half term is ‘Fire! Fire’ and we have many exciting things planned! As Historians, we will be finding out about the Great Fire of London. We will then make our own information book about what happened in 1666. We are also planning to visit 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 Maths, we will be using resources to help us count and to solve addition and subtraction problems. In English, we will be reading ‘Tell Me a Dragon’ by Jackie Morris and creating our own dragons, which will help us with our writing. We will also have a reading challenge so please make sure that you write a comment and initial their reading diaries. In Music, 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.

Vocabulary your child will be learning includes The Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys, Pudding Lane, firefighter, bakery, Tudor houses, dragons, Tudor, leather bucket, water squirter, River Thames, fire hook diary, fire engine and fire station.

This term, we have PE on a Monday afternoon and a Tuesday morning. Please ensure that P.E. kit is in school on these days. We are also learning 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 overleaf 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. We will also be working towards 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.

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