Happy New Year!
Welcome back to the second term from the Kingfisher Class.
From January to March, our new topic is Underground. We will be looking at all the different things we find right under our feet and exploring all the different things that happen underground.
The cross curriculum approach will develop from the book………‘What’s Under the Bed? By Mick Manning. The book’s colourful illustrations show the layers of underground, and communicates facts which will support the children’s learning over two weeks for each depth. We will use British sign language to help us recall the repeating pattern of text, and make booklets as a way of recording our learning of underground.
Our role play area will begin as a slice of the land Beneath our Street. Cardboard tubes will help construct the pipes, cables and wires found under us and how they supply us in everyday life. Masses of maths will be learnt in the processes and lots of communicating on walky-talkies will help make sure there’s no burst pipes or disconnections.
When we look at ‘Life Underground’, we’ll explore animals, minibeasts and their habitats; The vegetables that grow underground will be prepared and cooked then eaten as a stew,
As we travel deeper we’ll discover the ‘Underground Wonderland’ of caves; the history of them and the different materials they evolve from. The use of different art media will no doubt show off the stalagmites and stalactites which we’ll display on the wall.
An underground topic wouldn’t be the same without a visit down the mine. So, if you fancy helping when we go to the National Coal Mining Museum at Wakefield, please let me know. (A separate letter will be out soon about this)
The ‘Underground Treasures’ which we’ll discover throughout this topic will produce an interesting ‘Research Centre’, which will link with our science learning of natural or man-made materials.
Below and beyond, before we know it the term will be covered and we’ll be tidying up like the Wombles and going underground to rest for the next terms work. Hopefully the children will have lots of underground wonders to remember about life beneath us, which will be good foundations for their future ahead.
If you have any resources for this topic, such as unwanted, clean guttering, pipes or books we would be very interested in seeing them.
As always, we have an open-door policy for you to approach us if you have any queries or information to pass on.
P.E kits are needed on Mondays and Thursdays.
You can help support your child at home by reading regularly with them, practising their spellings or help them learn their maths in their number work book.
Don’t forget to look at the school website for other information such as, general events and the home school link.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Mrs Law, Miss Flower, Mrs Kerslake and Miss Mackey.
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You can help support your child at home by reading regularly with them, practising their spellings or help them learn their times tables for 10s, 5s 2s and 3s.
Dear Parents, Carers of KS1 children,
I am writing to give you some information regarding spelling in KS1.
This year we felt it was necessary to look at spelling across the school and so the teachers and support staff are carrying out some research in their classes to try and find the most effective way to teach spelling and for children to retain this knowledge.
In addition this year, we have a new National Curriculum which started in September 2014. Each year group has a bank of words to learn in that year. We have put this word list on the website and over the year (September to July) the teachers will be covering these.
Should you wish to help your child with these, they can be found on our website under the classes Kingfisher, Robins and Doves. Please feel free to have a look and download them.
Don’t try and learn them all at once!! You have all year. If your child knows all these words you can help them by getting them to put one of the words into a sentence. If they master this then challenge them to write a story using as many words from the list as they can.
If you have any difficulty finding them please give us a ring and we will try and help.
What is the Phonics screening check? How can you help at home? Some useful links click ‘free phonics play’ click phases 5 Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den Click Phase 5 again
Phonics Screening Check
What is the Phonics screening check?
How can you help at home?
Some useful links
click ‘free phonics play’
click phases 5
Choose game: Buried Treasure, Picnic on Pluto or Dragons Den
Click Phase 5 again