Abingdon and the river Thames
We are SO happy to open the doors of our classroom to all of our wonderful Puffins! We can’t wait to get started with lots of fun learning for the rest of this short term.
As you will know, our class topic is Abingdon and the river Thames. We have already had a whistle stop tour of Abingdon’s history, looking at some of the key buildings such as the County Hall museum, the Old Goal and the old monastery ruins that formed part of the Abbey over 1000 years ago.
From here we will switch our focus to look at man-made and physical features in Abingdon, which will lead us nicely to our emphasis on the river Thames. We will be thinking about where rivers come from, why they are bendy and where they end up! Abingdon sits on three rivers so we will be finding out a little more about these.
Our writing will be linked to river animals and why these rivers and their banks are good habitats for certain animals. We will be writing a non-chronological report about river otters – yes they can be found in the Thames and whilst it’s chilly at this time of year, their thick coats keep them warm in the water! We wonder how many children will want to tell you about a creature’s ‘scat’, as we are sure this will be popular!
Science will be focusing on materials and which objects are made from which materials. We will think about why properties of certain materials are good for certain jobs. This will lead us to an investigation on the best materials for our river animals’ belongings.
In maths, we will recap some of the learning from Seesaw, especially addition and subtraction within 20, place value within 50 and comparison of number sentences. We will then move on to continuing our counting in 2's and begin to look at our counting in 5's and 10's (this will continue after Easter too!). We will also be looking at the practical elements of length and height.
In RE we will (virtually) be looking and some of the churches in our local area, to link in with our topic work and then we will learn all about the Easter story.
We will be improving our DT (design and technology) skills this term, as we will learning all about levers and making moving parts in our exciting Easter cards - all top secret stuff however!!
Our whole class reading book, ‘The Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up’ (by Jill Thomlinson), will link nicely with some of the themes of Spring and will teach us the importance of perseverance and resilience.
Please do look at the curriculum map for more details of what we will be focussing on this term.
We very much hope that all of our Puffins will settle back into their new routine quickly and look forward to teaching them all face to face.
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It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the recent 'Meet the Teachers' Zoom meeting. Thank you for your time and we hope that it was useful in some way. For those of you who were unable to make it, we have included the PowerPoint slides for your reference.
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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 and the children are already learning quite a bit about it. 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 have been 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.
Daily phonics will continue throughout the year and will be taught using the Read Write Inc scheme. In addition, children will have focus spellings - 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 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 on our curriculum map, so please look out for them on here.
We look forward to getting to know you all and working with your children.
Many Thanks, The Puffin's Team.