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Teacher - Birch Grace Burton
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Curriculum Info: Autumn Term 1 Topic: The Great OutdoorsProfilesIdeas for Home
EnglishWe will be exploring prose, non-fiction and explanation texts. We will be creating fact files on our favourite outdoor activities, objects and animals. We will understand how to collect information from different sources and present in one format. We will be following a ‘book of the week’. You could create a fact file or do some from research from the internet to find some new facts about your favourite outdoor activity. Can you think of some interesting describing words? Continue to share stories and reading books together.
MathsWe will be exploring place value, calculating and measuring using natural resources found in the great outdoors. We will be focusing on size ordering, patterns. We will be extending out mathematical vocabulary, using estimation and measuring with standard and non-standard untints of measurement.Can you collect some natural items when out on a walk, you could talk about the shape and sizes of each items. Which is the biggest? Count how many you can find all together. Try enjoying some cooking together, can you measure ingredients using cups?
ScienceIn Science we will be exploring nature; using all the senses, the parts of plants, for texture, smell colour and shape. We will learn about the parts of plants and what they need to grow. We will conduct experiments with plants, making predictions, using scientific knowledge and observing changes in growing our own seeds.You might like to look in the garden or a local park or supermarket. Can identify some plants, including fruit and vegetables? Where is the flower? Where is the root? Where are the leaves? Do they all look the same? Why? What is different? Think about what they might need to grow.
I.C.TWe will be learning that sounds, signs and symbols convey information within the school. We will begin to recognise familiar sounds, signs and symbols within the school and use the information to make choices. We will begin to make basic maps and extend this when pout in the communityVisit your local town and look around. Where do we find information? Look at signs in the street, visit shops and see labels and price tags, listen to sounds at a pedestrian crossing or railway crossing.
PSHE & CitizenshipAreas for learning include healthy eating, physical health and fit ness and mental wellbeing. We will be learning about health snacks and making these to enjoy with our friends. We will focus our attention on picnics and how to make it well balanced and healthy using different food groups. We will extend our learning in outdoor real life experiences within the community for walks, parks and picnics. We will be taking part in daily wellbeing activities. Enjoy a walk, park and picnic with your friends and family. What different food groups does the picnic contain? Please feel free to communicate freely if there are any elements of PSHE that we can support your child with in school and at home which aims to ensure knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.
ArtWe will be exploring art in nature, involving natural resources. We will explore the school area and collect items to create art in nature. We will explore different mediums and techniques while encouraged students to make choices and become creative and independent.Can you collect some natural resources from the garden or local community. Think about leaves, tree bark, pinecones, nuts and seets, flowers and stones. Try to make a collage or scultpture.
PEWe will be focusing on movement, balance, accuracy through games. We will link PE activities to our ‘book of the week’, encouraging students to use their imagination and creative skills. We will also be taking part in weekly yoga sessions.Try playing your favourite active game together. What is your favourite game? Is it traditional, like ring a ring of roses? Or is it a made up game? Sometimes those games are the best!
D.TDuring DT we will be looking at a variety of wallets, purses, small bags & waist wallets. We will be exploring what would be the best design for when we go outside. We will be looking at the styles and materials that have been used. We will be looking at how the materials are joined together. We will be making a small bag or wallet which will include some simple sewing. When at home and out in the community, continue to explore and talk about different types of wallets, purses, small bags & waist wallets. What do you use in your family household, & who do they belong to? Consider looking on line and choosing your favourites. Can you explain why? Talk about the styles and materials that have been used.
Humanities - History (lead by Nikki Wardell)In History we will be looking at some changes in life since 1948. We will be looking at games that were played outdoors, as well as indoor games and some board games and having a go. We will look at how some kitchen equipment has changed and trying out some. We will compare some forms of transport. Finally, we will be looking at personal photos and images of family and friends which show how we have changed (clothing and hairstyles).When at home and in the community, continue to look at various objects and see how much they have changed a good example is the telephone. Can you compare a mobile phone (modern) to a traditional telephone that would be found in a 1950’s house?