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Welcome to the Summer term!

 

Over the next nine weeks Westall class will be following a unit of work called `Building a Village’ that focuses on different types of settlement around the world. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn through learning goals, these are split into 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 within the UK curriculum. 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 based on National Curriculum. During this unit we will be focusing on Geography, History, Technology, Science, Society and International studies.

 

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different types of settlements
  • About our local area and the services in provides
  • About village life in our home and host countries
  • How to map and record geographical information

 

In History, we’’ll be finding out:

  • About the history of our local area
  • About the history of two settlements from our host and host countries
  • How evidence is used to research and record history
  • How to create a settlements museum

 

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • What materials are used in local buildings
  • How to make concrete
  • How to make a Roman road
  • About eco-friendly buildings and settlements

 

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to sort different materials
  • How materials can be tested for hardness
  • How to test materials for water resistance

 

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the quality of life in the home and host countries
  • What a ‘global village’ is and how it affects us

 

In Society, we’ll be finding out:

  • How we can encourage friendship and togetherness in our local area
  • About extra services for our local area

 

Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of english, maths, R.E., P.E. 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 childs work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Discussions about societies and how they are formed/sustained will help to support your child in their understanding of this unit by making modern day links.

 

For this unit, we are looking for a member of the community, who has lived in the area for many years as well as a local construction worker to come in to support and enrich the children’s learning. If you feel that you would be suitable for this, please email the school office at admin@oaklands.hets.sch.uk for further details.

 

If your child has some work to research, please allow them to complete this themselves with background support from you where appropriate. If you have the opportunity to further their interest in the themes of this topic by visiting a historical museum or similar, please allow them to do so.

 

P.E.

 

This term, P.E. will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. As a result, it is important that your child has their outdoor trainers with them at all times. Otherwise, children will take part in their usual school PE kit, which consists of a sky blue polo top with a school badge, plain royal blue shorts, royal blue track suit and trainers. PE kits should be kept in school all week in case of timetable changes and will be sent home fortnightly to be washed.  For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all P.E lessons and long hair must be tied up.

 

Homework

 

Reading                                                  Every night (15 minutes – please comment on your child’s reading record)

Curriculum activities                           Given out on Wednesday                   Returned on Monday

Spelling & times tables                       Given out on Friday                             Returned on Wednesday

 

By the end of the unit, we aim for your child to achieve their learning targets. We hope they have an enjoyable time in the classroom and that you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your childs learning, please get in touch.

 

Kind regards,

 

Mr Pilsworth

 

Westall Class Teacher / Key Stage Two Leader

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