Welcome back to what is sure to be a busy term for Ahlberg class. I hope you had a lovely and very relaxing Summer.
Over the next six weeks Ahlberg class will be following a unit of work called `Island Life’.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum – The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – The characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – This will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, Art and International.
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
* About different islands we know about
* Learning about new islands and comparing with existing knowledge
* About where different islands are located in the world and finding them on maps
* About the geographical features on different islands
* About the features of a river
* How to use a compass and map
* How to use 4 figure grid references
* About how different islands are formed
* About an island in detail
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
* About fabrics from different islands
* How to create an island inspired stamp
* About artists and architects who have been inspired by islands
* How to create an island sunset artwork
In International, we’ll be finding out:
* About the unique cultural aspects of place
* How island culture is under threat
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of english, maths, RE and music will be interwoven with our topic learning.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Together with your child, you may wish to explore an island that is of interest to them. You may wish to consider the culture (music, fashion, dance and food from the island) and the geography of the island. This can contribute to the Exit Point of the unit during which they will they will share their information about an island of their choice as an ‘Island Expert.’
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work for them. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom, and that you will have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.
Please continue to support your children to become independent and reflective learners. Remind them that homework must be in on time every time and of our EPOW (Every Piece of Work) matters pledge.
If you have any queries please do pop in and see me at the end of the day or arrange an appointment via the school office.
Homework is given out on Tuesdays and Fridays.
It is also vitally important to read every night and practise times tables as the children are tested every Friday morning.