We wish your child every success for the coming year; here is some information to make the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 as smooth as possible.
This will be set on Thursday and due in on Tuesday. The children will have a homework folder to keep their home school diary, maths homework book and spelling book in.
This should be signed by both parents and teachers on weekly basis. There will also be a homework challenge sheet from which children can choose and complete at least two challenges each half term.
Children should have their PE kits in school every day due to timetable variations. Your child needs to have a white t-shirt, shorts and a pair of plimsolls and trainers for PE.
We also advise providing a tracksuit for outside PE. Please put all kit in a named bag and label each item. In the Summer term, children will have swimming lessons at the Dolphin Leisure Centre.
The class teachers have Planning and Assessment time on a Wednesday afternoon. During this time Mrs Webster, Mrs Whelan or Mrs Martin and Mrs Garden or Mrs Bland will take French, R.E. and PSHE sessions.
We encourage children to bring in a healthy snack which they can eat during the morning break.
To help develop speaking and listening skills each child will have the opportunity during the year, to take home a special ‘Show and Tell’ bag, this will give them the chance to plan and gather any items for a short presentation on a subject of their choice. It may be about an item or event that is particularly important to them. Children will share these presentations in school on a Friday.
This year we have a class pet of the cuddly variety named Spencer (Copper Beech), Bonnie (Silver Birch) and Barnaby (Poplar). Every Friday we will choose a child to take home our pet and to write a diary entry about their weekend adventure from the pet’s point of view. Please encourage your child to write the diary entry and to take photos or draw illustrations to accompany their writing.
This term begins with our learning focussed on volcanoes and dinosaurs.
In English the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Ballit is a springboard to understanding character and setting, building towards writing a descriptive story.
Through our dinosaur text ‘Uneversaurus’ by Professor Potts we learn about dinosaurs and write a palaeontologist’s report, developing an understanding of how to write a non-fiction report.
In Science we explore how volcanoes are formed, creating our own volcanoes. The children then conduct an experiment to make their volcanoes erupt. We then progress to learn about different rock types through observation work and a rock trail in the school grounds. We also investigate how fossils are formed bringing this to life through the creation of our own fossils.
In History we learn about the eruption of Pompeii whilst recognising our understanding of the past is constructed from a range of sources. Our work on Pompeii also gives us the opportunity through Geography to develop our locational knowledge and map Pompeii using atlases, globes and digital sources. We also consider the impact of volcanoes on human life.
In Art we look at various artists who have painted volcanoes in varying different styles e.g. Warhol and Turner. The children then use pastels to create their own picture of an erupting volcano.
In PSHE our Jigsaw piece is ‘Dreams and Goals,’ which is an opportunity for the children to develop resilience and perseverance skills to overcome challenges they may face.