welcome to class 1
The Magic Carpet
Our topic this term is 'The Magic Carpet' and we will be using the text the Journey to support us with our learning. This text is an incredibly powerful, wordless book. It is exquisitely illustrated and is all about an ordinary girl, who draws a magic door on her bedroom and escapes on an extraordinary journey of magic and adventure. We will be using this text to talk about symbolism and themes in the pictures. We will then be describing a flying machine from the text. This will give the children the opportunity to use all previously taught skills and apply plural form and descriptive phrases in their writing.
The Magic Carpet topic also allows us to investigate hot and cold places of the world in Geography, with opportunities to learn lots of new vocabulary such as equator, North Pole, South Pole, Arctic and Antarctic. We will be looking at the word map and locating the hottest and coldest places in the world.
In History we will be looking at our local town, Kidderminster and looking at the history of the Kidderminster carpet industry. We will even get to visit a local carpet factory to continue our learning first hand!
In DT we will be looking at how carpets were made and investigating how looms weaved threads together to create carpet. We will be looking at doing our own weaving to create our own designs and patterns.
Please read with your child at least 3 times a week. I cannot stress how important this is - it really can make a difference!
Reading percentages are calculated on a Thursday. Reading records are checked twice a week.
PE - Friday Please make sure the children wear a named tracksuit or have a named P.E kit in school. If your child can wear shorts underneath their tracksuit or bring some in this will be helpful during gymnastic and dance sessions. Also long hair must be tied up.
Miss Handy will teach the class on Monday afternoon when Miss Flude has her PPA time.
Forest School - Thursday Please make sure the children have wellies and an old coat, gloves, hat etc. in school and that these are named. We have waterproof suits that an be placed on top.
Homework will be given on Friday and will be returned the following Thursday.
We are focusing on using plural forms within our writing and understanding the rules, to ensure the spelling is correct. We are also having a big focus on spelling common exception words correctly.
We will also be spending some time looking at vocabulary and effective words in texts, based on out class text Journey.
The children will be given daily writing opportunities to build and develop their skills. We will also be continuing to work hard on pre exisiting skills taught e.g. capital letters and full stops.
We are continuing to apply our phonics knowledge to help us to read and write.
Also while sharing and enjoying books we will apply our background knowledge, make predictions, infer, visualise and, notice meaning breakdown and repair it, in the moment of reading.
When reading a text we will decode text by applying our phonics knowledge to read unfamiliar words and also increase our sight recognition of high frequency words. When tackling longer words we will break them into their syllables.
After reading we will discuss the characters and events of the story. We will begin to respond to 'Look back and find the easier answer' and 'Think like a detective' questions about what we have read and record our responses down.
We are covering a range of mathematical topics at present such as multiplication and division, which will include counting in 2's, 5's and 10's, making equal groups, arrays and doubles.
We will then move onto fractions and finding half and a quarter of objects and numbers.
During our RE lessons this term, we will be focusing on:
What do Christians believe God is like?