Spring Term 1, 2017
Welcome back to Nautilus class!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and you’re looking forward to a new year for your children in Nautilus class. I look forward to continuing on a positive learning journey with your children supporting them to make progress with their learning, and developing as an individual.
‘Once there were Giants’ will be the overarching theme for this first half term and will be an important factor in making curricular links. The main focus for this theme will be History, exploring the historic events that have affected out lives today. ‘Terrific Transformations’ will be the principal theme for the second half term. The main focus for this theme will be Science. It will be an exciting and fun filled term with plenty of creative activities linked to these themes.
Our learning for the Spring Term will include
Narrative –‘ Traction man is here’
Non-Chronological report – ‘There’s a triceratops in the tree house’
Poetry – ‘What I like’
Narrative – ‘Lord of the forest’
We will continue to approach the new curriculum with the idea of mastery. The areas covered this term will be:
- Number and place value. Measurement (money)
- Measurement (money)
- Number – multiplication and division.
- Measurement (money)
- Measurement (time)
We will take every opportunity to link our maths to real life scenarios and explore maths on our doorstep and in the world around us.
This term, the children will be developing their scientific knowledge of seasonal changes. Over the course of the term the children will learn to observe changes across the four seasons, observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.
In history we will have two main focuses for the term. We will be learning about some of the brave explorers of the past such as Christopher Columbus and Captain Cook. We will learn about what they discovered and investigate what it means to be an explorer. During the course of the term, we will also be learning about The Great Fire of London and how fire services differ now and in the past.
Art and design:
This term, the children will use a range of materials creatively and through drawing, painting and sculpture, the children will create a self-portrait of themselves.
Through the ‘Design, Make, Evaluate’ principle of design technology, the children will experiment and create a range of products linked to out theme ‘Adventurers and Explorers’.
Through let’s explore and a creative curriculum, the children will be able to consolidate their learning through imaginative an inventive activities. We continue to encourage independent learning and let’s explore is the perfect opportunity for it.
Important things to remember:
COATS: unless the weather is really hot, your child will need a coat in school every day;
SNACK TIME: We provide fruit every day, and encourage your children to eat it, but if you know that your child likes a certain piece of fruit then they can bring it to school in a named food bag and keep it in their tray;
NAMING UNIFORM: Please ensure that all items of clothing and book bags are named; it’s so much easier for your child and the staff to recognise. Please do not put water bottles into book bags. We encourage the children to carry their own book bags to promote independence.
HOME LEARNING: Home learning is given out every Thursday and collected every Wednesday. Your child will really benefit from completing home learning with you each week and we look forward to seeing how they have tried every week. Alongside weekly home learning, I may also send home some additional learning home. This may be a concept or objective that your child has found challenging during the week. This additional home learning does not have a due dateii, it just enables you to give your child additional support to help them succeed and progress well.
READING BOOKS: your child’s reading books will be changed on a Tuesday.
PE KIT: PE takes place on a Monday and Wednesday so please make sure your child brings their PE kit in at the beginning of the week.
➢ Book bags and reading records should be brought to school everyday.
Reading with your child
Encouraging you child to read at home is essential for developing skill and confidence.
Here are some useful tips on how to best help you child learn to read:
• Discuss the book before you even start to read it, talk about the cover and read the blurb at the back, ask your child what they think might happen in the story.
• Whilst reading the book, discuss characters, pictures and details.
• Give your child time to recognise and correct their own mistakes.
• If your child is struggling to read a word, prompt them to look at the pictures for clues, or to sound out the first letter. If they really cannot work it out, then tell them the word so that they don't get frustrated.
• Once your child has finished the book, have a conversation about what happened in the story and discuss the different characters. It is also very important to make sure you child understands what the book is about.
• Avoid forcing your child to read if they don't want to. If they are reluctant, try reading to them and encouraging them to join in.
• Encourage your child to read their favorite books as this will develop their confidence and promote a love of reading.
• Try to read to your child as often as possible. This could be a shopping list, a menu, or a set of instructions.
• Remember that there are words all around us! Encourage your child to read names, signs, adverts and labels.
I am looking forward to an exciting and successful term with you and your child. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to come and talk with us.
Miss Whelan and Lin