Welcome to the spring term.
Over the first half of spring term Dahl class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on pirates. The unit is called Treasure Island.
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, Technology, Music and International.
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
About the islands that you find around the world
About the names of places that pirates travelled
About the islands that make up the UK and other locations, and the different features you see there
About the weather and climate in different places that pirates visited
About how pirates navigated around the world
How to plan a pirate island
How to give directions using a map
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
About different coin designs
How to design, create and evaluate our own pirate coins
How to design, create and evaluate a treasure chest
In Music, we’ll be finding out:
How to sing pirate songs
How to compose and play music inspired by pirates and the sea
How to listen to, and evaluate music we have made
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
About the foods pirates ate
About where food comes from in the world
About a healthy diet
How to plan a pirate packed lunch
In International, we’ll be finding out:
About rules that pirates followed
About the roles and responsibilities pirates had on board
How to stay safe near the water
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths and R.E 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 pirates. What pirate facts do you know? Together, find out about pirates of the past. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work for them.
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.
Five Star Work