Happy New Year, I hope you all had a restful Christmas! This term is sure to be another busy one for Fox Class, and one that will be filled with lots of fun and exciting learning opportunities for the children. As we begin a new year and a new school term, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs Kirk into Fox Class, who will be working with us as our new Learning Support Assistant.
Our Learning This Term:
In Maths this term, we will be revising our knowledge of metric measures as we practise reading measurements for length, weight and volume. We will also be learning about imperial measures (such as miles, inches and feet) and how to convert them. We will then spend some time working on decimals and percentages. Having already completed two units of work on fractions, we will be drawing together our knowledge of how we can represent parts of a whole in different, equivalent forms. A secure times tables knowledge will continue to be essential, so please practise these whenever you can!
Our English lessons will continue to be structured around a reading and writing model, with explicit reading skills being taught through our whole class text of The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We will continue to apply VIPERS to our reading lessons, allowing us to become fully immersed in the text. Our writing tasks this term will include: character descriptions, narrative and a balanced argument.
Our Humanities topic this term will have a Geography focus as we complete work on ‘Frozen Kingdoms’. We will continue to familiarise ourselves with locational knowledge (learning about longitude and latitude) and map reading skills. We will then dive into life in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, learning about climate, landscapes, animals, indigenous people and significant events. There will also be cross-curricular links made, as we explore Inuit culture through an Art topic and learn about Shackleton’s infamous voyage to Antarctica.
In Science, we will be learning about electricity and electrical circuits – an interesting physics-based unit. This will include learning about circuit components, circuit symbols, cells and voltage.
This academic year will see the return of Home Learning. This will be set on Tuesdays to be completed by the following Monday. All Home Learning will be set on Google Classroom. The tasks set will focus around our wider learning topics and will therefore require a range of skills across the term.
REMINDER: please ensure your child has a water bottle in school with them every day. Fox Class have their PE lesson on a Friday. From Term 3, your child is invited to wear their PE kit into school on this day.