Derwent Class This Term
Derwent Class Curriculum Letter Spring Term 2023
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas break. It is lovely to see the children back at school and excited to launch into our Superhero topic! Thank you to all the parents who have been reading regularly practicing letter formation with their children at home. I really encourage you to continue this, especially over the next term, as it has such a positive impact on each child’s English and Phonic progress. Home learning has been set on Tapestry; please do share any photos of this, it has been lovely to see what you have been up to so far!
This half term our topic is Superheroes! During this topic we will describe our favourite superheroes, create fact files and read a range of comic books. Learning about real-life heroes from organisations such as the RNLI or Mountain Rescue and from the past, including Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale, will allow us to appreciate human bravery. We’ll also test our superpowers by climbing, running, jumping and moving to music. There will be opportunities for us to make superhero models and work together as a class to make a superhero cape.
Next half term our topic will be “Are We There Yet?” We’ll be thinking about the transport we have taken to go on holiday, we will use maps to consider where we would like to visit next. What should we pack? We will go on a walk and make predictions about how many vehicles we will find around Langton. We will learn about famous explorers & inventors and design our own incredible imaginary vehicles.
This term we will continue daily phonics and guided reading sessions in our year groups. In Drawing Club, we will be mark making and writing stories inspired by stories and short animations about superheroes. We will read about epic adventures before drawing and writing about our own imaginary journeys. Alongside this there will be rich opportunities to practice our writing and reading skills throughout the provision areas, especially in our new Superhero Den!
Show & Tell
On Friday mornings we will be inviting children to share about someone who is special to them. Each child will be given a slot to share in (see below), please help your child to prepare for their turn in advance. It may be helpful to provide them with a picture of the person, so that I can then gently prompt them with questions. Feel free to email any pictures to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Show and Tell’ and I can put them up on the screen in the class.
20th Jan Xander, Jack, William B
27th Jan Rose, Macie, Charlie
3rd Feb Megan, Olivia, Amelie
10th Feb Leifur, Eden RW, Max
24th Feb Monty, Orla, Clara
3rd March Henry, Raffer, Alice
10th March Poppy, Millie, Ben
17th March Molly, Hanna, Ava
24th March Finley, Lizzie, Eden
31st March William N, Jasmine
Over the next term, Year One will continue to explore place value within 50. We will identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most and least. After half-term we will also cover measure and positional language. Through short teacher input and play based learning, Reception will be introduced to the concept of ‘zero’, begin to build number bonds to five and practically explore the characteristics of shape, positional language and measure.
In Science will be exploring materials such as metal, wood, paper and plastic. We will plant sunflowers, ready to watch them grow with us over the rest of the year. After half term we will be identifying the parts of a plant and thinking about what they need to grow.
P.E. will be on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Mr Cairns will be teaching P.E. on Mondays, and this will be outside as much as possible. Please remember your child’s PE hoodie and joggers as the weather gets colder. On Tuesday afternoons, we will be taking part in superhero themed yoga sessions with Miss Oscroft.
As always, I am always happy to help with any questions you may have or matters you need to discuss. You can send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a meeting or catch me before/after school for a quick conversation.