Fiona Marshall and Sian Dewdney
Miss Bates, Mrs Russell, Miss Davies, Miss Amuzu and Mrs Brennan
We wish your children every success in the year ahead. Please feel free to come and see us with any concerns that you may have.
Our half term begins with an alien spacecraft crash landing in the school grounds! The year 1 detectives investigate the crime scene and theorise what may have happened. Having established there may be aliens around, we explore the poem, Here Come The Aliens! Using the story Beegu, the children consider how the aliens might be feeling before considering what we could do to make them feel better. We learn about story structure through Q Pootle 5 and The Way Back Home, which then help us to write our own alien stories.
Our learning in DT provides children with the opportunity to design and make their own alien. They first consider what shape, colour and materials they require before selecting and using the appropriate tools and equipment.
In computing lessons, the children will create a simple document by changing the colour, size and style of font. They will also learn about the importance of asking an adult before using the internet and that it is important they know what you do.
After half term, our focus turns to non-fiction as we learn about the planets and the children create their own non-fiction book about Space.
In history, the children are encouraged to ask questions about the moon landing before using a variety of historical sources to understand the key features of events. They also learn more about Neil Armstrong before embarking on their own astronaut training.
During music lessons, the children will listen to and appraise Gustav Holst’s ‘Mars’ from the Symphony of Planets. Using a variety of percussion instruments, the children will compose their own rhythms in response to Mars before performing to their peers.
This topic will enable us to make the most of our woodland areas and learn about flowering plants and trees. We are planning to use natural outdoor materials to create music and art work and hopefully learn more outdoor skills with the Forest Schools Team.