Welcome to Seahorses

Teacher Sarah Denton
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Welcome to Seahorses Class!

We are a lovely class of 10 busy and active children learning alongside 5 adults.
We like to use a variety of multi-sensory approaches and incorporate a variety of learning
approaches to help us learn and meet our individual needs.
In Seahorses we are working on our communication skills alongside developing our
number, reading and writing.
We love achieving our goals and sharing these throughout the day and in the
afternoon we celebrate our achievements with Golden Time.

Seahorse Timetable – Autumn Term 2 – 23/24




Curriculum Information for parents: Autumn Term 2 23/24Topic: Community, houses & homes
SubjectProfiles & Ideas for Home Learning
English Our topic this half term is Community, houses and homes. We will be focussing on traditional tales and stories set in familiar settings this half term. We will continue to have daily phonics sessions to support the children with their reading and writing using the Twinkl Phonics scheme. On Thursday we will be visiting the library to develop our reading skills. It would be fantastic if you could have discussions about their homes and the communities around them to help the children to develop their vocabulary so this can be incorporated into their writing.
MathsIn Maths we will be learning about numbers and shapes. We will be finding different ways to subitise and represent numbers to 5. We will also be finding 1 more and 1 less than a number. At home you could investigate numbers to 5 by counting different objects around the house. Could they find one more than that object? How many do they have? We will also be learning about different 2D shapes. We will be looking at how many sides a shape has and how identify them. It would be great if you could get the children to look around their environment and try to identify the different shapes they will be learning about.
ScienceIn Science we will be learning about different types of homes. We will be looking at the different materials that could be used to build the houses and which would be the strongest (Reading The Three Little Pigs). We will provide real examples of straw, sticks and bricks for children to explore and experiment with – can they come up with ways to test the strength of these materials? We will look at and discuss the temperature of the 3 Bears porridge that Goldilocks tried. Can children say whose was hottest? Coldest? Just Right? How do they know? We will also be learning about the properties of materials Hard, soft and ‘just right’ – children will explore different textures and surfaces to develop their understanding of ‘hard’, ‘soft’ and ‘just right’. At home children could investigate different materials and talk about their properties e.g. cotton wool is fluffy, wood is hard.
PSHEIn PSHE we will be learning about responsibilities within communities We will learn about what rules are, why they are needed, and why different rules are needed for different situations We will explore how people and other living things have different needs; about the responsibilities of caring for them. We will also learn about things that we can do to help look after our environment.
ComputingIn computing we will be introducing the concept of grouping and ‘collecting data’. We will be labelling pupils by their hair colour, eye colour or by their favourite television programme. We will be using computer programmes to help us to gather and record the data we found. At home the children could go round the family to collect data e.g. what is your favourite colour? How could they record what they found?
Humanities History - Hannah Geography – In Geography we will be looking at ‘Who lives in my home with me? We will also be looking at what are the key rooms in my house? We will be finding out about our local areas and seeing where we live. It would be great if you could talk with your children about where they live and also which village town they live in. History – In History we will be looking at how our community has changed over time.
PEIn PE we will be focussing on parachute and co-operation games. Parachute games are great fun and encourage cooperative and non-cooperative play. The games are active and before the games start to we explain some basic rules to the children in order that they get the maximum fun out of the activity. These games are useful in helping develop team play, motor skills, light physical fitness and can be used as an aid to many aspects of school life. Any physical activity at home would be great. Perhaps you could play some games that focus on working together and communicating ideas.
DTIn DT we will designing and making models of buildings in our community. We will be looking at how to make our structures by looking at a variety of different shaped boxes and trying to work out which boxes will be suitable for the type of building they are going to make. When you are out and about you could discuss the different types of buildings the children see so they can start thinking about the building they are going to design.
Music - Hannah In Music we will be focussing on singing games. These games will help the children with their use of language, fluency of speech, memory, concentration, listening skills and social skills.
REIn RE we will be learning about Christianity. We will be learning about the story of Christmas. We will also be looking at different Christian symbols and religious expression.
MFLIn MFL we will be looking at Language and culture and focussing on Italy. We will learning some simple Italian language e.g. si – yes, grazie – thank-you. We will also be finding about life in Italy e.g what they eat, where they live.