Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021 Foss Class

Dear Parents,

A big welcome back to school after the holidays. I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the next year as I take up the role of class teacher in Foss Class. We are joined by our wonderful Tas - Mrs. McAfee is back from maternity leave and will be with us on a Monday & Tuesday. Mrs. Gwatkin will be with us from Wednesday to Friday. Mrs C will help to cover the class when I have my PPA on Tuesday.

Our topic this half term is Magnificent Monarchs. We will be exploring significant Kings and Queens throughout history, from King Alfred to our current monarch Queen Elizabeth II. We will be reading books about royalty in our reading castle, completing a timeline of six significant monarchs and painting royal portraits to go on display in our classroom art gallery. After half term we will be exploring space with Moon Zoom. This topic will help us to develop our knowledge of technology, space and materials. We will learn how to design and make model spaceships, considering the properties of materials. We might even meet an alien...

Much of our English will be linked to our topic. This half term we will be creating comics based on Nicholas Allen’s book The Queen’s Knickers, exploring information leaflets about royal residences and creating Kenning poems inspired by our significant Kings and Queens. After half term we will be writing descriptive adverts for spaceships, creating reports about our favourite planets and exploring science fiction texts. Spelling, grammar and handwriting will be taught through these compositions but will also receive dedicated time each week in discreet teaching sessions. In addition, we will be taking part in daily phonics lessons in smaller, mixed-class groups.

Show And Tell (Spoken Language)
We appreciate your help in aiding your child prepare for this slot.

This term, to tie in with our theme of Magnificent Monarchs our show and tell topic is I am the King/Queen of…. Have you earned a swimming badge? Perhaps you are good at looking after your younger sibling or making cakes. Are you a good reader, a brilliant builder or an amazing athlete? This is your chance to tell us all about something you are great at.

Show and tell is on Friday, see the table below for when your slot is. You can bring in physical objects to show the class or email in pictures for Miss Oscroft to put up on the interactive whiteboard (

Week 2 - Annie & Seth - Sept 17th
Week 3 – Dolly & Rowan - Sept 24th
Week 4 – Isabelle & Oliver Taylor - Oct 1st
Week 5 – Izzy & Eleanor - Oct 8th
Week 6 – Skye, Miles & Arabella – Oct 15th
Week 7 – Emily & Erin - Oct 22nd
HALF TERM - Oct 29th
Week 8 – Stanley & Will - Nov 5th
Week 9 – Alfie & Orlaith - Nov 12th
Week 10 - Alfred & Nathan - Nov 19th
Week 11 – Ruby & Francis - Nov 26th
Week 12 - Oliver Towse & Thomas - Dec 3rd
Week 13 - Jack & Harley - Dec 10th
Week 14 – Tess & Ferdi - Dec 17th

Over the next term we are investigating the composition of numbers to 20/100 and place value. We will practice counting to one hundred in steps of 1, 2, 3, 5 and 10. Before half term we will be practicing number bonds and using them to help us with addition and subtraction. When we return, we will be looking at the properties shapes and begin counting with money. Year Two will start to learn about multiplication and division ahead of Spring Term. Alongside this, the class will take part in Big Maths sessions with Mrs. C on a Tuesday. These sessions will help the children to develop their fluency and mastery in Maths.

On a Tuesday afternoon (with Mrs. C) Foss class will be completing activities in Music and Science. Our Science work is very much linked to the class topic work. For the first half term we will be studying Animals including humans and living things and their habitats. There may at times be home learning tasks and requests linked to these.

In addition to this, we will be undertaking Forest School sessions on a Friday afternoon. Please can you provide your children with outdoor boots or trainers in a separate bag for these sessions as it can tend to be wet and muddy in the Leafy Glade.

In music we will be studying two different projects that allow for listening, appraising singing and performing. These are connected to the in class topics and address the programs of study and key stage objectives of the National Curriculum.
Hey You! looks at the hip-hop genre and develops knowledge and skills as to how pulse, rhythm and pitch work together. Rhythm In The Way We Walk and Banana Rap Pulse, continue with rhythm and pitch, rapping, dancing and singing. In both the hip-hop and reggae style.

P.E. will be on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. Mr Cairns will be teaching P.E. on Mondays, and this will be outside as much as possible. Therefore, as we head into the colder months, please ensure that your child has a tracksuit, hoodie, and outdoor trainers. For Thursday indoor sessions, shorts, t-shirts, and plimsolls will be required. During the first half of the term we will be practicing our gymnastic skills with an Animal Antics twist, and after half term we will be taking part in some winter themed dance sessions. Please make sure to label your child’s clothes to help avoid any clothing mix-ups.

Do feel free to say hello and introduce yourself when you see me in the playground, it would be lovely to put some names to faces. I am always happy to help with any questions you may have or matters you need to discuss. You can send me an email ( or find me before or after school for a quick conversation.

Kind Regards,
Miss Oscroft