Owls – Parent Letter: Term 3

Dear Parents/Carers of Owls,
I hope you had a fun and relaxing Christmas break and New Year!
This term we will be learning all about our world, with the focus being ‘Our Amazing World!’.

Literacy: We will continue to use Talk for Writing in our literacy lessons. The children will engage in a range of literacy activities to support their language, reading and writing development of non-fiction letter writing. We will be reading a range of non-fiction and fiction stories linked to our topic of Our Amazing World, but our focus texts will be ’10 Things I Can Do to Help My World’ by Melanie Walsh and ‘Dear Greenpeace’ by Simon James .

Maths: Our focus this term is Number and Place Value within 20 and Addition and Subtraction within 20. We will also practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

Science: This term we will be revisiting Animals, including Humans, with a specific focus on animals. We will study birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Art: The main focus in art this term will be mark making, colour mixing and weaving. The children will explore patterns in Tiger/Leopard/Giraffe/Zebra print using graphite, oil pastels and poster paint. They will also explore which marks create the best fur. The children will be introduced to Edward Tingatinga and explore the Tinga Tinga style of African art and create their own animal using this style. They will then use paper to weave a coloured background in warm colours.

R.E: The theme for this term is ‘Gospel’ and the big question the children will focus on is ‘What is the good news that Jesus brings?’.

Geography: We will start a new subject of Geography this term instead of History. In Geography we will learn about where we live and the seven continents of the world.

PSHE: In PSHE we will be thinking about our school value of honesty and living in the wider world.

Independent Learning: Independent learning is a whole school project to enhance independence and pupil control over learning. Each child completes their own project, linked to a whole school theme. This term our independent learning theme will be linked to our topic of Our Amazing World. The children will be completing their independent learning project at school however we are happy for them to bring in resources that we don’t have at school, i.e. recycled items. Please speak to your child about what they are planning to do for their independent learning and support them with bringing in any resources if needed (please note we will not be discussing independent learning until week 2). If you child has an idea that we can not facilitate at school we are happy for them to complete their idea at home, or to start it at home and finish it off at school.

To enhance the children’s independence we encourage them to take responsibility of their belongs. It would be appreciated if on your way to school you remind your child to get their reading books and home learning books out of their book bags each morning please. It will also be helpful if you could remind your child to get ALL of their belongings out of their lockers at the end of each day. The children will now be getting their things ready for home independently. We are are also teaching them how to do their coat zips up, I would appreciated it if you could practise this at home too.

– P.E is on a Friday.
– Please try to read daily with your child and record any engagement of reading at home in their reading record books. Every child will be read with at least once a week at school (unless events take place on their reading day).
– Your child must be sent into school every day with their blazer, school headwear (caps/berets) and a coat.
– Please ensure all uniform is labelled clearly and encourage your children to look after their belongings and check their lockers.
– Please remember to send your child in with a water bottle in every day.
– Please practise zipping up coats, putting on gloves and scarves with your child at home.

If there are any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Best Wishes, Miss Philpott, Miss Hayward and Mrs Reeve

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