Class Teacher: Mr Hobson
ETA : Miss Littler
Initially we will be focusing on our holidays; celebrating the exciting activities we have enjoyed and even the destinations we have visited. We will use the globe and maps of the UK to locate places we may have visited. We will begin to learn about the countries of the UK and its surrounding seas.
We will also be learning all about our bodies; our bones and even our senses.
We will explore our outdoor environment as we begin our seasonal diaries; discovering how the world changes in Autumn and beginning to identify some of the trees around school.
We will be focusing our learning on toys and how they have changed over the years. Our exciting visit to the Toy Museum will enrich our learning; not only will we see a wide range of old toys, we will make toys and even play with a wide range too. In Literacy we will be focusing on familiar and traditional tales surrounding bears; ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ being one of the favourites!
We will be exploring a number of important historical and cultural events; Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Eid and of course the Nativity Story.
We will continue to involve our outdoor area in our learning across the curriculum and will continue our seasonal diaries.
This half term we will comparing Netherthong/Holmfirth with other destinations in the UK; London and Whitby. Through our learning in Literacy we will look closely at London in particular; the buildings, the landscape, the transport and the interesting tourist attractions. ‘Katie in London’, an exciting fictional story, will help us learn amazing facts about London attractions.
We will also be making comparisons with an exciting Arctic location; ‘Pangnirtung’ on Baffin Island. We will compare the lifestyle, landscape, wildlife, climate etc with those we experience in Netherthong.
We will be celebrating ‘Chinese New Year’ and will even make our very own chinese stir fry!
We will be discovering a wide range of exciting facts about the animals that may reside in our woodland area; squirrels, badgers, rabbits, foxes and birds such as owls etc to name just a few.
We will also learn amazing facts surrounding local history; we will discover details about the lives of children who worked in the local mines in the 1800s. Our visit to the National Mining Museum and the exciting historical artefacts will enrich our learning.
We will also begin to learn how Netherthong looked in the 1800s; the shops, the landscape, the people and particularly the large workhouse, hospital and even the woollen mill.
We will continue to observe how our environment changes across the seasons.
We will be planting a wide range of vegetables and watching them closely as they begin to grow. Our learning in Literacy will link very closely to our Scientific learning as we focus on traditional tales such as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ or ‘The Enormous Turnip’.
We will once again use our wonderful woodland area to help us learn as much as we can about invertebrates (minibeasts). We will look closely at their body structure and their movement, as well as their habitats.
This half term we will also be comparing Netherthong to a small village in a hot country; ‘Chembokolli’ in India. We will once again explore the differences in diet, climate, landscape, wildlife and lifestyle for example.
We will be looking closely at some of our sea-life creatures; in particular fish, but also penguins, seals and dolphins for example. We will also learn about some amphibians; toads and frogs for example. Our visit to ‘The Deep’ will enhance our learning enormously. Once again Literacy will be very closely linked to our topic; ‘The Frog Prince’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’ are just two of the texts we may explore.
Not only will we continue to explore historical changes in Netherthong over the years, but we will also begin to learn about some very important historical people; ‘The Wright Brothers’ and ‘Neil Armstrong’ to name just two.
We will complete our seasonal diaries, noting the changes to the plants and trees in our environment as well as the weather. We will aim to sell our own vegetables in the Summer Fayre; a great incentive to take special care of them as we grow them!