Our names are Mrs James and Mrs Cousins and we are the class teachers in Otters class. Mrs James will teach the class on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Cousins will teach the class on a Thursday and Friday. The other adults who will be working in our classroom during the week are Mrs Beddis, Mrs Mansell and Mrs Farrugia.
We will begin this year by focusing on the story ‘But why can’t I?’ We will spend time getting to know the story using role play and story-telling. In PSHE we will focus on rules, in particular the rules we need to follow to keep safe during the present pandemic as well as recapping the school and classroom rules.
The topic title for the rest of the term will be ‘Real Life Super Heroes’. During this time we will focus on the life of Florence Nightingale whilst developing the children’s historical knowledge and understanding of her significance. We will be exploring what life would have been like during this time for the soldiers who fought in the Crimean war and what impact Florence Nightingale had during this time. We will compare life then to life nowadays. We will also look at an important historical figure from our locality – Edward Jenner. Whilst studying these real life heroes we will write newspaper reports, chronological reports, diaries and create poems.
We will continue the theme of Real Life Super Heroes through other areas of the curriculum. In Music, we will be using our voices creatively when singing and focusing on chants, rhymes and songs relating to Florence Nightingale. During Art, we will look at the work of Paul Klee and use his work as inspiration for our own collages. In Science we will be investigating light and dark. We plan to carry out investigations about shadows and light sources.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure that your child wears their P.E kit to school on these days so that they are able to fully participate. P.E. will take place outside – weather permitting – so please ensure appropriate clothing is worn.
We will also set a homework pack with weekly activities to complete. The activity pack will be handed out in the first couple of weeks and can be returned at the end of term, or weekly if preferred. The children receive R1’s (rewards) for each completed piece of homework handed in. It is also essential that you hear your child read daily and support them with their phonic packs. An R1 will be given each time your child reads at home. Please remember to sign their Link Book to let us know they have read so they can progress up the ‘Reach for the Stars’ reading ladder in the classroom. (Children receive a little present and a certificate when they have read 35 times).
We look forward to an exciting and busy term filled with engaging learning opportunities.