We hope you have had a lovely half term break and are feeling refreshed and ready for the last part of term. We have another busy and exciting term ahead with lots of new learning to do!
This half term our topic will be:
Our topic will investigate how families had fun in the past and whether this has changed in the year 2017.
This half term we will be looking at ‘seaside’ themed stories including ‘Blackbeard Bob’s Adventure’ and writing their own versions. This will help with their descriptive language and vocabulary.
We will be focussing on the spelling patterns the children have brought home as spellings. Please continue to practise these at home ready for the spelling test on a Monday morning.
This half term children will continue to extend knowledge of:
Maths Minutes will continue to be sent home weekly. These focus on the rapid recall of calculation facts. Please support your child in practising these skills.
The children’s home learning this half term is a series of different activities. Please see separate home learning sheet. Your child is welcome to complete as many activities as they would like, but must complete at least two. It’s lovely for the children to share their home learning in school.
Children will be taught to:
· Use printing techniques to create patterns
· Colour mix to produce beach paintings
· Recreate work similar to Claude Monet
Our focus will be on sorting and classifying natural and man-made materials and objects. Children will compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. We will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. We will also be looking into which materials are able to float and which do not.
We will investigate changes over time with visits to the seaside. Children will also be learning about railway builders including George and Robert Stephenson and The Rocket Locomotive.
Lots will be covered during this topic including:
· Physical and human features of Taunton and Weston-super-Mare
· Fieldwork skills including compass directions, interpreting maps, drawing own maps and using aerial photographs.
Athletics, summer/ beach games will be covered this half term.
In RE we will be continuing the unit ‘Why is our world special?’
Children will continue to bring a reading book home every night. Please sign and date the reading diary as you hear your child read. Little and often is the key to reading success.
Each time your child reads at home, he/she is entered into our class reading raffle which is selected at random on Friday afternoons. We will check reading diaries every morning. Even if your child has not had time to read at home, please make sure you bring their book and diary in each day as this means we can read with them in school.
Lime Class will still be doing P.E. on Tuesday and Fridays. PE Kit is needed in school every day as this may change depending on weather and other circumstances. These are best left in school on your child’s peg.
PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL CLOTHES ARE NAMED!
Forest School will continue to be led by Miss Davis on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothes and footwear in school. Wellies can be left in school but please name them.
If you have anything you wish to discuss, please let me know.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Home Learning Activities - How did families have fun in the past?
Date Due: Friday 21 July 2017 (or any time before)
Classes: Maple and Lime
Research the history of the seaside and what it used to look like in the past. What are the difference and similarities between the past and present seaside?
Make a powerpoint presentation about things you can do at the seaside.
Go to the seaside on a fossil/interesting shell hunt.
Bring the fossils or shells into class to share what you have found with the class. Maybe you could find out some facts about the objects you find.
Can you make art using objects found at the seaside or in the garden?
Create a poster about what we can do to stay safe when we visit the seaside.
Make a boat that can float on water.
Use any materials you want to but think about what materials are better at floating.
Write a magical story about finding an object on the beach. It can be anything you want. What might happen?
Don’t forget your capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
Create poem or song about the seaside.
Please try to do at least two of the above. Share your home learning with us! Bring items, pictures or photos into school. All home learning is celebrated with the class and put on display. Happy home learning!