We hope you had a relaxing summer holiday, and that children are refreshed and ready to begin a new school year. It has been lovely getting to know your children over the last few days and we are excited about the term ahead.
Our topic this term is The Great Barrier Reef. As the largest reef in the world and one which can be seen from space, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Children will be learning about the location of The Great Barrier Reef and will be exploring life beneath the surface. To begin with we will be encouraging children to generate their own questions about this magnificent structure…
How long has it been there?
How big is it?
What creatures live there?
Why is it endangered?
This term, our whole class reading book is Manfish – the story of Jacques Cousteau. We have chosen this story as it is beautifully and poetically written and links perfectly with our descriptive writing focus this term! As well as whole class reading, where children will be answering a range of questions linked to vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieval and sequencing (VIPERS), we will also listen to children read at least once a week.
Daily phonics will continue throughout the year and will be taught using the Read Write Inc scheme. In addition, children will have weekly spellings sent home – these are spelling that your child is expected to know by the end of Year 1 (to start in term 2).
We will seek to explain a bit more about levelled books and spellings at our ‘Meet the Teachers’ meeting which will be on Tuesday 17th September at 6:00pm.
Gymnastics is our PE focus for this term- please ensure PE Kits are in school daily as we may require these at times outside of our timetabled slot (currently Friday afternoon).
We do ask that children make their way from the playground into their classroom with their teachers. This promotes independence and allows us to settle into our day as quickly as possible.
We are excited about a packed term of learning which will include our first class trip later in the term – watch this space for more information! Please see the attached curriculum map for more details on curriculum coverage this term.
We look forward to getting to know you all soon.
Many Thanks, The Puffins Team.