Derwent Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021
It is lovely to see the children back in school after the holidays all looking very smart in their uniforms. We have had a good start to the new term and the children seem to be quickly settling into the routines. We have an exciting term ahead in Derwent Class. Outlined below is a summary of the learning that will be taking place between now and Christmas.
Our first mini topic this term is Me and My Community. This supports the children with settling into the new rules and routines of school and encourages them to make new friends and feel confident in their class. This project helps teach the children how they are unique and special, the importance of friendship and how people in their family, school and local community are important and can help them. Our second mini topic is Exploring Autumn. Through this topic the children will learn about the natural changes that happen during the season of autumn, including how the weather changes, why trees lose their leaves and how wild animals prepare for winter. Our main topic this term is Once Upon A Time…..This topic supports the children to develop a love of stories and reading by encouraging the children to learn, retell and act out familiar and traditional tales.
Throughout these topic the subjects in the curriculum will be taught. Each week the learning will be based on a different story. ‘Once There Were Giants’, explores the changes that take place from a baby to an adult. Leaf Man and Squirrel’s Busy Day will support children’s understanding about the changes that occur in autumn. Whilst studying the more traditional tales the children will find out what happens when we plant ‘magic’ beans in the school garden. They will make wanted posters to help find the wicked queen who delivered the poisoned apples. They will write instructions for making perfect porridge and wear a crown when they are the ruler for a day making their own rule! The children will look at different character types, and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’ and they’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales. The children will have the opportunity to play imaginatively with story boxes, model castles and small world characters and use varied materials and shapes to build castles and palaces.
A visit to Malton library is planned for the children to find out how books are sorted, categorised and checked in and out. Then will have stories read to them as well as the opportunity to take part in creative activities and to take out a book from the library to read at home.
Towards the end of term our mini topic will be ‘Sparkle and Shine’. This project teaches children about the celebrations that take place during the autumn and winter seasons and focuses on the significance and symbolism of light at this time of year.
Our science will be closely linked to our topic. The children will learn about changes as we grow and to name the body parts. They will identify what we can do to help our environment and enjoy autumnal and winter walks to collect natural materials and identify the features of autumn and winter. They will find out how plants reproduce and look at seeds and learn to match seeds to their trees. They will identify and sort animals into groups and distinguish between wild local animals and tame pets.
Creative activities will include developing their drawing and painting skills by making self-portraits, and painting story characters, experimenting with colour and design to make friendship rainbows, manipulating natural materials to make autumn garlands and conker creatures. They will build a castle or palace from re-cycled materials and make crowns, swords, shields and jewellery for their role play. Following that the children will practise painting, printing, collage and modelling to make decorations for the festivals occurring at this time of the year! Music will be comprised of the daily singing of nursery rhymes, performing songs, and listening to music linked to our topic, the children will learn to play untuned musical instruments and rehearse for our Christmas production.
In addition to the English and Maths work that the children will cover through their topic work this term, the children will have regular practise of the basic skills.
Guided reading will take place in our class daily, so that each child will have the opportunity to practise reading and develop their comprehension skills three times a week. Phonics is taught daily in small groups, each with a member of staff, giving each child the opportunity to revise, learn new sounds and practise using them with a group of children who are working in the same phonic phase. In addition to the reading book that they will bring home there will be online books for them to read on the Active learn website. Their log in details for this are on the cover of their home reading record.
In maths the children will initially be concentrating on developing their knowledge of place value by practising counting forwards and backwards, writing and reading numbers in numerals and words ordering numbers and matching numbers to amounts. They will have the opportunity to recognise both 2d and 3d shapes and to identify some of their properties. The children will then practise addition and subtraction in which they will use a range of methods to support their fluency and then solve problems using objects and diagrams. They will have opportunities to measure and weigh and record lengths and heights and to investigate capacity using a range of containers. The children can practise their maths work on the Mathletics website. Their log in details for this are on the cover of their home reading record.
In RE this half term the children will be learning about stories that are special. They will listen to stories from the Bible that are special to Christians, and they will learn about the Qur’an and why some stories are special to Muslims. After half term, the children will be learning why Sukkot is a special time for Jews and why the Hindus celebrate Diwali. This will lead into the Christians very special time of Christmas and the children will begin their festive activities to celebrate!
P.E. – The children will be working outside, whenever possible, learning to master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination. They will participate in team games and perform dances. As the weather turns more inclement, the children will develop their dance and gymnastic skills in the school hall.
P.E. will be on a Monday and Tuesday; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities.
In computing the children will be using Purple Mash which is a cross curricular website for primary school children.( Their log in details are on the cover of their home reading record) This reception children will be working through the Mini-Mash activities. These activities will be linked to our topics and will support the children to achieve their early learning goals. This term the goals that they will be working towards are the Personal, social and emotional and literacy goals. The year one children will complete their work on Purple Mash. This term they will be learning how to stay safe on line, how to group and sort, make pictograms and use algorithms.
PSHE – Our theme for this half term is ‘Me and My Relationships’ which focuses on developing children's skills of empathy, self-awareness and social skills. In November the work will be based around the anti- bullying theme followed by learning about ‘Keeping Myself Safe.’
If at any time you are anxious or have any questions, please come into class to see me or e-mail me on the Derwent class e-mail and I will be happy to help.
Mrs Rosemary Laverack