Welcome to Kingfisher Class
Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Kingfisher Class. Our class teachers are Mrs Dillimore and Mrs Wiseman
This Spring term, our new topic is ‘Mighty Mountains’. Our learning will include finding out about how mountains are formed, where they are located, the climate and what it is like to climb some of the highest mountains in the world. We will also learning about mountain sports and tourism which will include their impact upon the environment. More details about the questions we will be attempting to answer through our learning and the specific subject related vocabulary we will be encountering can be found in the topic knowledge organisers that we will send home.
In RE we are learning about Sikhism and the Gurus. In PSHE we are learning about keeping safe and saving lives and we will also be learning more about the Christian value Justice and exploring what it means to have justice and equality for all people.
In Science we will be learning about plants as part of our ‘Ready, Steady, Grow!’ topic. In addition we have a school trip planned to Lopham and Redgrave Fen where the pupils will be learning more about habitats (creating mini nature reserves using mapping techniques) and they will use orienteering and compass skills to complete a habitat trail. They will investigate landscapes and landscape change, looking at the past and present and to make predications for the future.
In Literacy we will begin by studying fictional texts and how authors create suspense in the story-line. These will be based upon the plot of a journey story and will include poetry and drama to enable the children to internalise a text before modifying and writing their own versions of the story. There will be a big focus on Wilby’s ‘non-negotiables in writing and taking pride in all written work. Most Literacy topics will be linked to the main topic of mountains, enabling children to transfer the knowledge and vocabulary they gain in other curriculum subjects, to their writing. We will continue to promote a love of reading and will start with ‘The Abominables’ as the class book. We will be doing group reading lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays to promote comprehension skills. Our first group texts will be How to Train Your Dragon, The Twits and Farm Animals. In the second half of the term we will have a professional author visiting the school as part of our World Book Day celebrations-details to follow.
In maths we will continue to embed previous topics with the addition of 5-a-day revision questions. Our topics will include Multiplication and Division, shape (2d and 3d) and angle, Fractions and Decimals and Measurement: Mass, Capacity and Temperature. We will offer children a range of learning approaches including practical resources and group work to deeply embed and cement skills). The small steps we use in learning are designed to enhance pupils’ fluency, reasoning and mathematical problem solving skills.
In Art/ DT this term we will begin with a topic based project linked with mountains before going on to a DT topic on ‘Biscuits’ in the second half of the Spring term.
Music and ICT lessons with Mr Haynes and French with Mrs Walpole will be taught on Mondays.
On Mondays spellings and sentence homework will be set. This must be completed every week and handed in on the following Monday. Sentence must be completed in pencil or using school handwriting pen. Spellings will be tested on Mondays. Times-tables facts will also be tested on Mondays and based on this pupils will be told which tables to learn for the following week.
Maths homework tasks will be set on Thursdays in addition to times tables homework tasks and the children will be tested on these on the following Thursday.
Please ensure PE kits are in school on Friday afternoons. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to ask or leave a note in the Kingfisher message book
Mrs Dillimore and Mrs Wiseman
Class Information - things to remember
- Monday - Spellings and times tables will be tested-hand in sentence level homework
- Friday- PE kits required