Welcome to the Spring term!
Over the next 6 weeks, Westall class will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on islands all over the world. The unit is called Earth as an 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, Physical Education and International.
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
In International, we’ll be finding out:
In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
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. 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.
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.
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.
Children will receive homework twice per week
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 questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office to book a meeting. I look forward to an exciting term, full of creative learning. Keep checking our page and twitter account to keep up with what we have been doing!