Curriculum Letter Spring Term 2021 Foss Class
Dear Parents and families,
This is a strange letter to write because I’ve already been in touch with you all however here is a few reminders and an overview of what is happening and will hopefully occur moving forwards. I will keep sending the daily emails with the power points with attached worksheets and activities as and when appropriate. This week has been challenging and I have no doubt it is the same for all of you. We do understand your issues with work, school, life and balancing everything. We will be as flexible and accommodating as we can be while following the procedures laid out for schools.
We have a new topic to get our teeth into ‘Street Detectives’ with lots of areas for development to continue advancing our skills, interests, personalities and all-round learning. Reading books will not be coming home, for those in school, but we are asking that children use Bug Club/Active Learn. This has been updated and the school code is ka9t alongside each child’s personal log in.
Much of our language work will be intertwined with our topic work through related books and text types. A large portion of this term is taken up by non-fiction reading and writing; using recipes, instructions, captions as well as reports and explanations. There will also be some time and weeks allotted to poetry work. Show and Tell (Spoken Language) - we appreciate your help in aiding your child prepare for this slot. You can do this virtually and email in as a photo collage, film, picture or as a word document. The theme is ‘My Pets and Me or My Favourite Animal’ (if you don’t have a pet) real animals only please. Can you share a photo or picture and an explanation of what you do together, how you care for them, what type of animal, what it has to classify it (mammal, fish, bird, amphibian, insect, reptile). To be emailed to email@example.com
This all relates to our science work Animals Including Humans (People and Pets). From this work we will;
o Understand that there are many different types of pets.
o Be able to observe the behaviour of different pets, looking at their similarities and differences.
o Record observations in photographs to talk about together.
o Record their observations in annotated photographs and create a class graph, tally and scale where questions are asked and answered.
8th Jan - Mrs C / Mrs B
15th Jan – Skye / Rowan / Iris
22nd Jan – Alfie / Dolly / Abi
29th Jan – Thomas W / Cassie / Izzy
5th Feb – Stanley / Thomas B / Seb
12th Feb – Megan / Albie / Hattie-Mae
26th Feb – Isabelle / Alfred / Ziva
5th March – Henry / Joni / Scarlett
12th March – Ruby / Oliver / Poppy
19th March – Harry / Kenneth / SPARE
Please remember school has registered with Timetable Rockstars (computer programme) as well as Mathletics and Purple Mash to support learning and as homework tasks. We will be focussing on the 2x and 10x tables, then advancing to the 5x and eventually the 3x and 4x table. All log in details are inside the yellow reading records.
The termly breakdown looks like this
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 - Number: Multiplication & Division (Y1: Place Value to 50 included)
Week5 Week 6 Week 7 - Number: Fractions
Week 8 Week 9 - Yr 1 - Measurement: Length & Height Yr 2 - Geometry: Shape
Week 10 Week 11 - Measurement: Mass, Capacity & Temperature
Our topic is entitled ‘Street Detectives’’- the biggest focus areas in this is geography, history, art and design but will also cover computing, music, design and technology, forest schools and spoken language with a lot of English language work. We will be performing again as we prepare ‘Croak’ a musical play that relates to creatures, habitats and life cycles. This will take place towards the end of term, before Easter. We have no clue if we will be in anyway able to have a physical audience but we will find a way to share it with you. I’ll be in touch as the term continues about parts, costumes, line learning, etc….
In the teaching of Science this term the children will be studying seasonal and weather change and looking at animals including humans. I am also, with the help of some parents and families hoping to develop our knowledge and links to our local communities and ways of life with animal and farming activities.
Please remember we are still all working together for the good of the children and one another. I am happy to correspond via email and phone with you as and when is necessary. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email account is checked every day during the working week and hours.
Mrs. Kathryn Cummings (Mrs. C.)