Dear Parents & Children - Welcome to the Spring Term
Over the next half term, Tolkien 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:
About the geographical features of islands
About the growth and development of islands over time, including capital cities
How human geography is impacting island life
How to relocate an island community, taking both human and physical geographical factors into consideration
How to use six-figure grid references
About a case study of an island developing as a trade and transport hub
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to sketch aerial images of islands
About pop artists such as Andy Warhol, and how they created images
How to create our own simple prints
How to choose, mount and display images that we create
In International, we’ll be finding out:
About the global development goals
About how our lives can affect the lives of others, including islanders
How plastics are impacting islands across the world
How we can moderate our behaviour to have a positive impact on the lives of others
How to share our learning with the wider community to affect change
In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
How to follow an orienteering challenge relating to islands
How to follow an orienteering loop course
In Music, we’ll be finding out:
About different genres of island music
How island music is created, and what makes it unique
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
About the different food groups and their importance in our diets
How different foods come from different places, and why that is
How to keep safe when preparing food
How to prepare simple savoury dishes from islands around the world
How to plan, create and evaluate an island-inspired dish
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). This term's science unit will be evolution and inheritance, where we will look at how animals and plants have adapted to survive over millions of years. 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.
Whilst we are learning remotely, P.E. will take place on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has some loose fitting, comfortable clothing and if possible, a safe and clear space to exercise in. For health and safety reasons earrings and watches must 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 comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.
Tolkien Class Teacher / Key Stage Two Leader
Alan Pete Sentence Types
Alan Pete's different sentence types can help the your child to open sentences in different ways. Please have a look at the file when your child is completing any writing based homework to ensure high standard are achieved at home as well as at school.
I have used these before with varying ages of children and seen great outcomes. It allows the children to experiment with variety and fresh ways to write sentences. They go hand in hand with all the other skills and techniques that they have been exposed to throughout their journey through education.