Willow Class

2016-17

 

This term the children will have PE on a Monday and Swimming on a Friday, a list will be coming home to tell you the dates in which your child will be swimming.

We are planning a trip to a local fire brigade museum and a cheese farm, more details to follow shortly.

Finally we will be having a ‘Fire of London’ day on Monday 23rd February 2015, where the children will be asked to dress up. Again, more details will follow.

Creative Curriculum

We have a new exciting topic, which includes learning about the Plague of 1665 and the Fire of London in 1666. We will be finding out when and how the fire started and what happened after the event. We will focus on London and famous landmarks, including the Monument, Big ben and the Tower of London. We will also be completing a local study on Wrotham and comparing the two locations. The children will also learn about the dangers of Fire and have a visit from a real fire fighter!.

Maths

Partition numbers in different ways (for example, 23 = 20 + 3 and 23 = 10 + 13, Compare numbers for 0-100 –say which is more /less using < or > and explain reasoning, Addition and subtraction including problem solving, recall number bonds to 20 and apply in mental situations, fractions including Recognise the equivalence of ½ and 2/4 . Telling the time on the half hour and hour and recognise  quarter too and past, division and multiplication using multiples of 2, 5 and 10.

  • Work practically with mass /weight
  • Understand how to use weighing  scales to measure/weight  accurately
  • Understand how to read a simple scale on weighing scales

Science

We will continue our focus on seasonal changes in the UK and how they affect plants and living things.

Literacy

Our writing this term will be inspired by the plague and the Great Fire of London. We will be inventing and writing instructions for our own cures; writing Great Fire poems, newspaper articles and create diary entries!

Art and Craft

The children will be making fire sculptures, painting using marbling techniques to make fiery backgrounds and later on in the term we will have a D.T. day  when the children will all design and make a 3D model of a Tudor house- more details to come.

RE

Our RE topic is about Christianity and learning about the Easter story.

PE

For PE please ensure your child has a full fitting PE kit in school at all times. This is to include a plain PE t-shirt (white or house coloured), shorts (blue/black), and black or white trainers. Also, if your child wears tights to school, please could you provide a pair of socks in their kit bag too. Please could you also ensure that long hair is tied back on PE days and earrings are not to be worn on PE days.

Homework

There will be a spelling list sent home for your child to learn. These will be sent out on a Monday and tested the following Monday.  The children will also have a homework grid in which they can choose an activity from.  There will also be a practical counting/number activity for them to complete.

Homework will be sent home in your child’s contact book. Please free to use this as another form of communication.

Uniform/clothing

The weather is very often very changeable during the next two terms, so a coat is also essential every day. A change of footwear for outdoors is encouraged as the children will have play and lunchtimes outside as much as possible, but sensible school shoes for indoors please. Please ensure that your child is wearing acceptable uniform at all times. We would also encourage your child to bring a water bottle with a sports cap throughout the year.

Reading

Reading is an invaluable skill so please encourage your child to read regularly at home.   It is also valuable to share and discuss texts they are reading, encouraging them to give their thoughts and express opinions.

General Reminders

Please send your child with a named bottle of water, which they can keep on their desk.

If you have an issues with your child completing their home work, or if you do not have access to the Internet, please make us aware of this and we will organise support for your child in school.

Maple Class children should enter their classroom when the bell rings at 8.45 in the morning and be collected from the outside classroom door at the end of the day at 3.15.  If your child attends Breakfast club they should come in through Beech Classroom door at 8 o’clock.

Kind regards

Mrs Vickers and Mrs Montgomery