Over the second half term we will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘Celebrations’. 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 Uninted Kingdom 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.
During this unit we will be focusing on History, Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education, Society and International.
In History, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
How people in our families celebrated in the recent past
How particular past events are still celebrating
In Technology, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
How to plan for a celebration
In Art, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
How decoration is used in celebrations
How the work of artists is used in celebrations
In Music, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
How songs and music are used in celebrations in our own and other countries
In Physical Education, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
How to create a celebration dance
In Society, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
How different groups of people celebrate different events
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
What is the same and what is different between the celebrations in the home countries of the different children in our class
How to work and celebrate with each other
Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, Science 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 Maths, 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). In Science we will exploring animals including humans. We will be studying the life cycle of animals and humans. Build understanding that exercise makes the heart work harder and that it is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and find out about healthy lunch box foods.
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. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. 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 we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.
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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