Learning, Fun, Friends
Throughout the year, we cover a range of engaging topics that encompass all areas of the curriculum (English, Maths, Science, Geography, RE, History, Philosophy, Music, Art, Design and Technology, Computing and PE).
In the Autumn term, we start with Over the Drawbridge, a topic focussing on significant historical figures and momentous events linked to the Battle of Hastings and Medieval times. The children create their own artwork, non-fiction and fiction writing, poetry and riddles based on their new knowledge. This all culminates in a trip to Windsor Castle, where we learn about our current Queen, as well as experiencing castle life. The end of the topic is celebrated with a Knights and Castles party day, where staff and students alike dress up and take part in medieval-inspired games.
Following this, we turn our attention to the Great Fire of London, where children learn about an event that helped to shape our capital city as we know it today. We look at the geography of London, the chronology of the fire itself, as well as writing our own diaries inspired by the works of Samuel Pepys. Children even design and create their own 2D structures of Tudor houses made out of wood.
The Spring term starts with Changes, where we look at the different aspects of change; including the earth's cycle, materials and physical changes in the body through exercise. They also get the opportunity to write some imaginative stories, poetry,riddles and reports . They represent their learning through various artistic media, including collage, oil pastels and carpentry.
Summer term kicks off with a look at The Animal Kingdom, where children learn how to classify different types of animals and their habitats. Using the knowledge that they have gained from their independent research, they create their own imaginary animals out of clay. We are visited by 'The Animal Man' which gives us a 'hands on' and a close up look of some of the animals that have been researched.
Info for parents:
Parents have the opportunity to join their children in class from 8.40 until 8.50 on a specified morning for Soft Start, where you have a chance to work with your child on a short activity. Please check the Class News section of the newsletter for information on which day soft start is taking place.
PE occurs on Monday and Friday afternoons, so please ensure that your child has correct and named PE kit in school for these days! Earrings must be covered up and long hair must be tied back. In PE we will cover a range of dance, gymnastics and games.
Children visit the library every Friday afternoon – please ensure your child brings their library book back to ensure that they can get a new one!
Homework is sent home every Friday to be completed and returned the following Wednesday. This will include some Maths homework, as well as some Challenges.
Reading books are changed weekly – please read with your child on a daily basis, and make sure that you sign the Reading Record!