Welcome back everyone! Happy New Year! This term Class 1 are Superheroes! I think you will find we are actually Superheroes all year round but it is our particular topic this term! We will be learning about all of our comic and film favourites such as The Incredibles, Spiderman, Wondergirl and Batman (our outside role play area is the ‘Bat Cave’) as well as real life heroes such as Firefighters, Paramedics and the Police – we have our own class police station- be warned!
In literacy we are already enjoying creating our own Super heroes and Super Villains. We will be describing characters, planning adventures and creating our own comic strips using speech bubbles and ‘comic style’ words to describe sounds and actions. We will be writing ‘wanted posters’ to catch our criminals and incident reports from the class ‘police’. We will be looking at a wide range of Superhero fiction stories to encourage exciting writing. Our phonics activities will continue linked to the children’s weekly spelling lists. Please continue to hear your child read as often as possible, at least three times a week- it really is essential in these early stages of reading to practise little and often and your child will receive merits, raffle tickets and other rewards if they read frequently.
In numeracy the Reception and year 1 children are focusing on numeral recognition (up to 10 then 20 and beyond), accurate counting and addition. As well as working with practical objects to add the reception children will be learning to add 1 and 2 more to a number by counting on along a number line. The year 1s will also be adding larger amounts using this technique. We are also trying to learn some number bonds off by heart- especially our doubles up to double 5. We will then move onto adding 3 one digit numbers.
The year 2 children are being introduced to multiplication and division and any extra support to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables would be beneficial. We will also be learning to recite the days of the week, months of the year, seasons and to tell the time.
Our science work focuses on our Super Bodies this term. The class will be learning about the parts of the body, how they work and what they do. We will be carrying out investigations using our five senses and learning to record findings using tables and diagrams. The class will also learn how our bodies grow and change and we will explore what we need to do to keep our bodies safe and healthy.
For the first half of this term, in CLT (Creative Learning Time), we will look at Pop Art and Abstract Art. We will be mixing colours and painting in the style of Warhol, Mondrian and Kandinsky. We will learn a little about their lives and the techniques used in their art. In the second half of the term we will learn about heroes from the past including Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole , Rosa Parks. Emily Davison and Stan Lee.
The children, and staff really love this term’s topic and they are already very excited and enthusiastic! We are expecting some fabulous work and ideas from this class of Superheroes!!