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Derwent Class Curriculum Letter Summer Term 2022

Dear Parents,

I hope that you have had a lovely Easter holiday and that you were able to take advantage of the glorious weather that we had then!

Our topic for the first half of this term is Animal Safari. This is a science based topic, through which all subjects will be taught. In their science lessons the children will be looking at the similarities and differences between familiar animals. They will be investigating camouflage by taking part in a butterfly hunt and comparing the basic body parts that humans have in common with big cats. In Geography the children will be learning about the hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and discussing why certain climates suit certain animals. They will compare life for people in a non- European country with life here in the United Kingdom. How pollution and litter affect the local environment and what we can do to help will also be a part of their studies. In art and design the children will use a range of painting techniques to create African landscapes and they will use a range of materials to create faces of animals found on safari. They will also design and make animal enclosures and an African necklace.

After the spring bank holiday the topic will be:- Sunshine and Sunflowers. In their science work the children will plant seeds and observe and record their growth. They will learn to identify parts of a plant and to find and name mini beasts and then make a suitable home for them. They will observe how the sun’s position in the sky affects the length of the shadows, by measuring their own shadow at various times in the day. In art and design the children will paint pictures of sunflowers in the style of Van Gogh and paint a dream garden inspired by the work of Monet. They will create a sun using a range of materials and make symmetrical collages. They will design and make a crop protector and a sun hat! In history the children will learn about the life and work of Van Gogh and Claude Monet and their contribution to international achievements. In geography they will locate famous gardens on a world map and draw a plan of their perfect garden.

In PSHE the children will be thinking about how to become an active citizen and express their own opinion realising that we do not always agree or disagree!. They will be re- evaluating our classroom rules and taking on new roles and responsibilities as they learn to take a full part in the life of the classroom. The children will then look at their wider responsibilities as they think about how they can help to improve our environment. After half-term, our thoughts will turn to moving on. The children will talk about their successes and achievements during this academic year and what they would like to learn and improve on as they journey into the next academic year.

In RE (Religious Education) this term the children will be learning about what is special about our world. They will talk about their favourite things in nature and what is special about the world in which we live. They will learn about what Christians tell us about the creation of the world and the stories Muslim people tell about God’s creation. After half term, the children will be thinking about what makes a place special. They will start by thinking about places that are special to them and then places that are special to different religions. They will learn why the Mosque is a sacred place for Muslims and why the Synagogue is a sacred place for Jews. In Music lessons this term, the children will be learning new songs linked to their topics. Playing untuned percussion instruments and furthering their understanding of rhythm, beat and pitch.

In addition to the English and Maths work that they will cover through topic, the children will have regular practise of the basic skills. They will have daily phonics and guided reading using our new Little Wandle programme. In their written work the children will write a recount of their visit to Flamingo Land, listen to poetry about animals and learn one by heart. They will learn to recognise a list poem and an acrostic poem and try writing one of their own. They will write a diary about an African adventure. After the half-term, the grammar and writing genres will be based around the following books that will be read to the children in class: – Van Gogh and the Sunflowers and The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt, The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs, and Butterfly Bouquet by Nicola Davies

Maths this term will start with multiplication and division in which the children will learn to count and group objects in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They will develop their skills with place value by practising counting forwards and backwards and writing and reading numbers in numerals and words. They will continue to practise addition and subtraction within 20 and solve problems. They will be learning how to half and quarter amounts, objects and shapes and will be developing their knowledge and skills with, position & direction, money and time solving problems in each of these areas. The reception children will be continuing to count, read, write, and order numbers to 20. They will practise counting to 100 and counting out objects to 100 using ten frames. They will practise adding and subtracting, doubling, and sharing, recognising odd and even numbers and learning to recognise patterns in numbers.

In computing the children will use a range of phonics and maths programmes to reinforce their class work. The reception children will complete activities on Mini- Mash to support our topics on animals and plants. This will include painting programmes, jigsaws, games, using the mash cam, writing and number activities. The year one children will be learning how to use spreadsheets and furthering their knowledge of outside technology.

P.E. – The children will be working outside whenever possible, taking part in simple games and developing their skills in running, jumping, throwing, catching, and improving their physical aptitude.

They will also be practising the activities for Sports Day later this term.

P.E. will be on a Monday and Tuesday; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for indoor and outdoor activities.

If at any time you are anxious or have any questions please come into class to see me and I will be happy to help.

With Regards

Mrs Rosemary Laverack