THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
A very big welcome to all of our new Puffins and Puffin Parents!
We hope that our web page will act as a method of communication, and keep you up to date with what is happening in the classroom. We will do our very best to update Puffin's page often, to include useful information and pictures/videos of what we've been up to.
At the start of every term we will include a curriculum map, which will provide details on curriculum coverage for that term.
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. 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, explanation, retrieval and sequencing (VIPERS), we will also seek to listen to children read at least once a week.
Over the first few days of the new term we will be listening to children read. They will be given a levelled reading book and a reading journal. Please log any reads that you do with your child in their reading journal. When your child needs to change their book, this should be put in the 'change my book' tray (as they come into class), so we can issue a new book.
Daily phonics will continue throughout the year and will be taught using the Read Write Inc scheme. In addition, children will have focus spellings (taught as part of our early morning work from term 2). These are spelling that your child is expected to know by the end of Year 1. We will also share 'Red Words' with you (in our useful documents section) and would very much appreciate your help with getting your child to read (not spell) these words. Red Words are phonetically irregular words -they are quite simply words that can't be sounded out and need to be learnt. Each term, we will include both the spelling and Red Word focus words for that term on our curriculum map, so please look out for them on here.
A parent mail will be sent with information about Forest School and PE. Our days for these lessons will be:
Forest School: Monday
PE: Tuesday and Thursday
We hope this gives you some useful information to start, but will look forward to talking to you more at the 'Meet the Teachers' meeting (date tbc via parent mail).