Our Local Area: Drayton Village
Welcome Back to term 4!
We hope you have had a restful half term and have enjoyed the spring sunshine over the past few days. We can’t wait to get started with lots of fun learning for the rest of this term and hope for more dry and bright weather – we have lots of outside events planned!
Our local area topic will teach Puffins about their locality beyond the school gate, building on children’s knowledge and understanding of their school environment. Children will explore their local area using first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness along with developing essential map and fieldwork skills. This topic will provide a perfect opportunity for Puffins to gain a greater insight into where they live!
As always, our writing will be linked to our topic. Puffins will be using their persuasive letter writing skills to persuade Mr Knight to allow us to visit the local park to undertake a field study. I wonder if we can be persuasive enough? You will also be receiving a letter from your own child, as we are hoping to persuade YOU to sponsor US as we undertake a sponsored walk around the village! Keep your eyes peeled for letters coming home, later in the term.
In maths, we will complete and assess the work we have done on addition and subtraction within 20. We will move on to place value within 50; counting forwards and backwards within 50, representing numbers up to 50 and comparing objects and numbers within 50. We will also be looking at geometry with a focus on position and direction; children will learn how to describe turns and position as part of this unit.
In Science we will complete our unit of work on materials and will also have an emphasis on investigative science. British Science Week takes place this term (11th-20th March), and as part of this, each year group will be posing their own scientific question, which they will investigate. They will think about how best to carry out their investigation, what they will need, how they will make it fair and how they will record their findings etc. We will share our findings with you!
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.
Forest school groups will be swapping around this term, so if your child didn’t do forest school last term, they will be doing it this term. A parent mail will be sent out regarding this.
Please do look at the curriculum map for more details of what we will be focussing on this term.
Do remember to keep an eye on Tapestry too, as we will do our best to share work/photographs at regular intervals throughout the term.
We look forward to talking to you all at the upcoming parents’ evenings which will take place later this term.