Welcome to Zebra Class with
17th April 2018
Thank you to everyone who came to Child Learning Reviews last term. This term is full of exciting activities and learning opportunities.
Our topic this term is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and parts of the classroom environment have been dressed accordingly! The children have already started enjoying listening and reading the story, writing Lucy’s diary of her first experience of the world inside the wardrobe, and sketching some different Canadian forest trees.
The rest of our topic learning will encompass finding geographical similarities and differences between a city, such as London and a community living in or near a forest, such as in North America, and some historical elements of World War Two, tying the book in quite nicely with our previous WW11 learning! We will of course be very creative with our Art and DT activities, with one display project already underway.
The benefit of having a book as our topic allows us to enjoy the book in more depth, each chapter being a new topic of learning. For English, we shall be covering a wide range of writing genres including narratives, reports, descriptions, poetry, play scripts and much more.
In Maths, we are continuing to learning new topics and revising previous ones to ensure the children do not forget their skills. Addition and subtraction are examples of sometimes easily forgotten skills and it is important to ensure your child is always able to develop their mental arithmetic skills, as well as remembering useful written strategies such as column addition and subtraction methods. As well as practising their times table regularly, any practise using these skills would be extremely beneficial.
P.E this term is swimming, and recorders are still continuing, both of which are on Wednesday afternoon. Please can I ask that recorders and swimming kits are in school for Wednesday. P.E with Mr Moran will still continue on a Thursday, so P.E kits and trainers in school are still necessary.
We are covering Plants in Science. If any parents have any flowering plants in a pot that they would happy for us to observe during one of our Science lessons, we would be most grateful. Additionally, any flowering plants that you would not want back would be fantastic, as dissecting plants is an excellent way of learning how they work!
For R.E, we are continuing with Christianity, focusing on Pentecost and asking the BIG question ‘When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?’, and in ICT we are having a go at being presenters. If your child would like to shoot some footage at home and bring it in to show the class, we would enjoy viewing them for part of our topic.
Finally, I have some requests for materials. Please could we have shoeboxes, with or without lids for a project we will start in week 3 or 4, and pot or jars with tight metal lids to make snow globes in week 5 or 6.
Miss Ovenden & Mrs O’Rawe