Welcome back after the half term.
Over the second half of autumn term Dahl class will be following a unit of work called will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘Food’. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new 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 – which 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 Science, Geography, History, Art, Technology, Society and International.
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
• Why we need to eat food and what the best foods are
• How some of our food grows
• How to carry out science investigations
• About our sense of test
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
• Where our food comes from
• What food is eaten in our home and host country
• Why different foods grow and are eaten in different countries
In History, we’ll be finding out:
• About the food that our parents and grandparents ate when they were young
• How and why the choice of food in our shops has changed
• What our ancient ancestors ate
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
• About artists that use food for their ideas
• How to draw and paint fruit and vegetables
• How artists are involved in things we see around us, including advertising
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• How to plan, make and evaluate a healthy pizza
• How to make a box for a pizza
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
• How food plays a role in celebrations and festivals
• About our favourite family recipes
In International, we’ll be finding out:
• What is the same and what is different between the lives and home countries of the different children in our class
• About famine and drought around the world
• Where drinking water comes from
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, RE and Music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and developing our understanding of spellings, punctuation and grammar. In Numeracy, we will be developing and applying the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating. We will also be exploring fractions, measure, statistics and understanding geometry (properties of shape).
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. Talk with your child about the meals you eat at home and the nutritional value of different foods. If possible, let them watch or help you prepare a meal.
Importantly, this term we will be continuing to build independent and reflective learners. Please encourage your child to be independent with their choices at home and this will play dividends at school. I hope the class will continue to have fun and be enthusiastic in their learning.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call in and see me after school or call the office to make an appointment.
Reading Books and Tricky Words
Please read regularly with your child and help them to learn their tricky words. Also comment in your child's diary each time you read with them. Reading books will be changed on a Monday and each child will take home two books. Pupils will also have the opportunity to bring a book home from the school library. Please make sure children have their books available to read everyday.If your child is learning their tricky words these will be changed on a weekly basis.
Pupils will be set homework on a Friday the homework will consist of spellings and a piece of work from an area of the curriculum. Also each child will be expected to complete their daily work program on DoodleMaths.
This term indoor and outdoor P.E will take place on a Monday. The children will require a sky blue polo top with a school badge, plain royal blue shorts, royal blue track suit and trainers. P.E kits should be kept in school in case of any timetable changes and will be sent home fortnightly to be washed. For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.
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