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Spring 2:
It is so nice to see that the children have settled back in after such a busy holiday and they are all looking forward to our new topic, ‘Growth and Green Fingers’.

As Scientists, the children will be growing their own beans, seeds and cress to investigate the different parts of a plant and to learn what we need to make a seed grow.  We will also be spending time in our allotment area, looking at how plants grow and at the types of plants that we can eat.  They will also be continuing to record changes in the weather and the environment around us.  As Artists, we will be observing and drawing fruit and vegetables using a variety of media.  We will also be making a collage in the style of Giuseppe Arcimbaldo.  In Maths, the children will be measuring the length and height of plants to see which plant is the tallest/shortest.  In D and T, the children will be designing and making their own healthy fruit salads.  We will also be writing our own newspaper report about evil vegetables and what they have been getting up to in the supermarket.  Ask the children to find out more information!

This half term we have P.E. on a Monday and Tuesday.   Please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. We are also continuing to get out every Thursday afternoon for our Forest School lessons, come rain or shine!  Please ensure your child has a hat and a pair of gloves in school as we try to get out as often as we can.

Well done to the children who sent in their creative homework last half term.  It was fabulous and overleaf are some more ideas that reinforce what the children are learning in class and 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.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me before or after school.  I am very much looking forward to an exciting next few weeks!

Spring 1:
It is so nice to see that the children have settled back in after such a busy holiday and they are all looking forward to our new topic, ‘Hot or Not?’

As writers, we will be reading books by the author Oliver Jeffers and we will be using drama to inspire us to write our own penguin stories.  We will also be designing our own animals and writing a fact file about them.  In Geography, we will be exploring maps and globes to find out about hot and cold places in the world, comparing the weather to Lancaster.  As artists, we will also be creating clay penguins and African sunset pictures; learning how to use different shades and tones to create warm and cold colours. In Maths, we will be adding and subtracting numbers to 20, using different resources to help us.  As Scientists, we will be learning about the features of animals around the world and looking at what makes them special.  We will be spending as much time as we can in the Wildlife area 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!

This half term, we have PE on a Monday and Tuesday so please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. The children are continuing to use the running track at lunchtime.  Please make your child has suitable footwear (black trainers/shoes) to run in every day.

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.

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

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.