Welcome to Rabbits class
Happy 2017 to you all! I hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and welcome back.
We have a busy and fun term ahead with lots of exciting learning opportunities to enjoy.
Every week there will be a message in your child's home school diary explaining what we have been learning. It would be lovely for you to share what you have been doing at home too.
We will continue to doing P.E on Wednesday afternoons but please can P.E kits stay in school all week as sometimes it my be necessary to change the day. Thank you. Our swimming lessons at Diss pool, will continue to be on Thursday mornings.
Every Friday your child will have spellings to learn at home and they will be tested on them the following week. Please help your child to practise these regularly!. It is also important for your child to practise reading at home every day too. You are welcome to change reading books with your child when necessary, recording the title in their reading diaries. There is a weekly prize draw in our Friday star assembly for children who have read at home every day. Please remember to bring reading and spelling books into school every day. If you would like to come and listen to children read in class, you will be very welcome (subject to all the usual checks). Please come and see me to arrange a time.
Please remember if you should have any queries or concerns please come and see me.
Thank you for your support.
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Rabbits Class Curriculum Information for Parents- Spring 2017
Topic: Who Lives Here?
Our memorable experiences this term will include-
Learn to sew
Learn from an older person
Storm a castle
Visit an old ruin/castle/old building
English will include reading and writing fairy stories and traditional tales. Retelling stories, discussing characters and the settings. We will be looking at non-fiction texts and we will be researching and then writing our own non-fiction text, focusing on the different features of a non-fiction text. We will also be exploring traditional poems and writing our own nonsense poems. There will be specific spelling, grammar and punctuation activities. Children will be developing their spoken language, handwriting and reading comprehension skills.
In math we will be counting, learning about place value and number bonds. We will also practise addition and subtracting. We will be learning about time, length and height. We will be also begin to learn about multiplication and division and numbers and fractions.
We will be looking at seasonal changes across the four seasons, focusing this term on Winter and then Spring. Working outside to identify changes in plants/trees, the weather and day length.
We will be looking at everyday materials, identifying and sorting objects by what they are made from. Finding out which materials are used to make different types of houses around the world. Investigating materials and their properties, how to keep warm in a castle/cold places.
Some aspects of computing will be learnt by application throughout the curriculum. The specific areas of learning this term will be:
Basic computer skills, exploring iPads. How to research on the internet using web browsers.
Internet safety. The importance of keeping personal information safe, expressing concerns.
Art and Design
We will be looking carefully at the work of the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, focusing on his work'Concentric Circles'. We will be mixing paint to make colours lighter/darker and choosing cold colours to make our own 'Concentric Circles'. We will also be looking closely at animals that live in cold places and painting detailed pictures of them. We will be making model helmets, shields, crowns and hats.
We will be designing, choosing, making and evaluating our own castles, using different techniques to join/strengthen materials. We will also design, choose, sew and evaluate a castle wall hanging. prepare food for a banquet and enjoy taking part in banquet!
Personal, Health and Social Education
We will be following the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and also use circle time to promote self-expression and confidence. This term the aspect that we will be investigating are; Good to be me and Going for Goals.
In Geography we will be comparing east Anglia to the Arctic/Antarctic. Exploring weather and climate in the United Kingdom and Arctic/Antarctic. Describe human/physical features of both places. look carefully where castles are situated in the UK, investigating why, using geographical language for description.
Looking at and researching castles, houses and homes through the ages. Making timelines, researching questions, answers and finding evidence.
The planned sessions for P.E this half term are Gymnastics and swimming, and gymnastics and games.
The children will go swimming every Thursday morning.
Beliefs and Values
The current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus provides the framework for teaching Beliefs and Values (RE) in our school. This term we learn about Christianity, the Easter story and the symbol of the cross. Judaism and symbols. Spiritual homes, synagogues and churches.
Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE lessons. Please let us know if this is something you are considering.