Curlews - Mrs Woods
What are the mysteries of the woods?
This term we are going to delve into the mysteries of woodlands. We had an exciting start to term with a visit from Fern, the Green Fairy to our classroom, who has recently taken up residence in Holly Meadows Woodland. She even came and visited our classroom. Sadly, Fern had a problem with Jack Frost and some naughty goblins who were trying to take all the colours from fairyland. Thankfully, using our science skills, we were able to help her out.
Our Science learning will continue with finding out about different habitats and the creatures that live in woodlands. We will move on to plants and what they require to live, focusing on trees in particular. We hope to have a tree expert come and help us plant a tree in our outdoor area and in English will be writing a set of instructions for this activity. We will also cover in English, traditional tales (Fairy Stories), poetry, information writing and adventure story writing. Our class chapter book is The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton and it is lovely seeing how engrossed the children are in the story. Alongside the different genres that we are covering, we will of course continue to learn spelling and grammar rules. Spellings will continue to be sent home each week in a homework book and tested on a Thursday.
In Maths this term, we will continue to cover the basic operations (-. +, ÷ and x) as well as shape, measure, statistics and proportionality (fractions). This will be linked to our theme as far as is possible eg this week we have designed Hansel and Gretel’s gingerbread house using different shapes. The active maths homework, which is sent home each week, will reflect and support work happening in class.
The children will start dance this term as well as gymnastics in PE. We are excited that we will be joining in with other primary schools to perform at the Corn Exchange later this term. Details will follow nearer the time.
I hear wonderful reports of how the children are doing in Music, learning to play the ukulele on a Friday. This has been recognised by their music teacher who has asked them to perform at a music festival. Again, details will follow nearer the time.
As mentioned in my Class Dojo message, I am aiming to take more learning activities outside this term, and have already enjoyed several activities with the children. Thank you for your help in making sure they are dressed warmly and have wellies to wear.
I hope you will take up opportunities to enjoy the woodlands we have locally with your children and help them discover all sorts of mysteries.
Hannah Woods (Class teacher)