We hope you had a fantastic half term break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. Thank you all for working so hard in spring 1. It has been a very challenging time and we appreciate how much effort parents and children have put into managing the demands of remote learning in the first half of the term. Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will again be an important focus when all children return to school on Monday 8th March after the extended lockdown period. It has been lovely to keep in touch with you in our twice daily Zoom calls over the past weeks, but we are really looking forward to returning to face to face teaching in school so the children can reconnect with their friends and engage with the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for the rest of this term.
This half term, our core book is Hermelin by Mini Grey. Although Hermelin is just a mouse, he is also a brilliant detective! The occupants of Offley Street are delighted when their missing items are found, but not so happy to learn that their brilliant detective is a mouse! Will he be appreciated for his talents? Will he ever find a friend to help him? The children will use this story as inspiration to create a newspaper article about gender roles, stereotypes and human rights. They will write informative leaflets, which will be distributed via Google Classroom, the school website and via email to families and the school community. In reading, children will focus on a range of reading skills including inference, making connections, summarising, evaluating, clarifying and questioning. They will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our global theme of Social Justice and Human Rights
During this half term, children will be developing their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. They will use their knowledge to investigate and solve problems in real life context involving shapes. In addition, they will find out fractions of shapes, amounts and numbers. The children will learn to compare fractions and use their skills to find equivalent fractions.
In science this half term, they will learn different life cycles of the animals including humans. This will lead them to analysing and comparing different stages of life cycles. In addition, we now have a collection of live caterpillars in school so we can observe their transformation! They will witness the caterpillars’ metamorphosis first hand and this will provide opportunities for life drawings and recording the changes over time
Art/Design Technology Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on the inspirational painting of Vincent Van Gogh ‘The Moths’. The children will create a butterfly in the style of Van Gogh and they will experiment with colours, textures and techniques to make the desired effect. In addition, the children will reflect and evaluate their work with peers to make improvements..
This term, children will focus on games such as net games using their hands and tennis rackets. They will practise catching and throwing and they will learn how to control the racket and hit the ball accurately. In gymnastics, they will be taught by a gymnastics coach to learn different postures and positions to show balance and flexibility.
The children will continue to research about the work and life of Dr Barnardo and they will compare Victorian and modern schools. They will develop their viewpoints about different historical events which occurred during the Victorian Times. In geography, they will explore the important buildings in London and compare them with the Croydon landscape and architecture
Children will have PE twice a week, with an indoor gymnastics session every Monday and an outdoor session every Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.
Reading Records and Passports
Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We are very pleased to announce that every child also now has access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents.
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, reading books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY, the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. Some of the children have already received their Bronze reading certificates which is fantastic!
Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day as our water fountains are out of use. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.
Children receive either an English or Maths-based homework sheet to complete each week. These will alternate weekly and will reflect the learning that has taken place in class.
Also , children will receive a curriculum map, where they will pick two activities to complete over the half term. These will be shared at the end of the half term and celebrated in class.
Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested on the following Friday. We are also focusing on to improving our handwriting this term, so will send home handwriting activities every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.