Year 1 & 2
The children have returned to school eager and ready to start their Spring term of learning after a well-deserved Christmas break.
We have chosen ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ as the class text although the children will also be looking at other Fairy Tales linked to this. Much of the work this term will be based around these excellent books, their characters and their settings.
Darren will continue to teach the children music and this term, he is focusing on rehearsing familiar songs in preparation for their end of year concert. They will also be practicing the beat and rhythm on different instruments and performing a rap that they will create on the IPads. We have recently started incorporating learning our Times tables to a beat as a warm up in Darren’s music lessons, the children are really enjoying this.
Every week the children will continue to participate in a whole school Forest School session when they take their learning outside the classroom. This is an inspirational process that offers regular opportunities for the children to achieve and develop their confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in their natural environment.
Louise Palmer will continue to teach Information Technology weekly. This term she is focusing on computer control using the new Blue Bots, using Scratch on the iPads and laptops, making an iMovie of the Goldilocks and The Three Bears story and writing emails and blogs and learning more about e-safety (keeping personal information safe). They will also be involved in an Integrated STEM lesson on rockets.
The children will enjoy up to three hours of P.E. each week which will include ball skills, gymnastics and dance.
Our new Art teacher Miss Wilkinson, will continue to teach Art and this term she has planned some great activities linked to the class text using an array of resources.
We ensure that our children are aware of the British Values and each term we focus on a different ‘value’. At Combs we strongly believe that each child should leave our school with skills in order to continue to develop and demonstrate abilities and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in, contributing positively in the outside environment.
This term we are looking closely at ‘Individual Liberty’ and ‘Rules’ and what these values mean to us. Our children will be given lots of opportunities to understand what these mean through role play, group discussions, assemblies and general everyday practice they see in and around their school environment.
Homework will consist of a literacy and mathematics activity linking to their learning in the classroom. We also expect parents to support their child by hearing them read as often as possible and to read to their children each evening. We hear the children read frequently in school and feel that ‘little and often’ is a very successful technique to enable our children to become fluent, enthusiastic readers.
The children have a very busy term ahead of them indeed including lots of enjoyable, hands on, child initiated activities to help along the way.