Autumn Term 2015

Dear Parents/Carers,

Chestnut Class Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 2015

Welcome to Autumn Term in Chestnut Class! I hope this letter will keep you informed of what your child will be learning about this term.

Our history, geography and science will be structured in blocks across the whole term. In geography we will be finding out about the River Nile, looking at land use patterns and physical features and developing our map reading and research skills. Our history topic of Ancient Egypt follows on neatly from geography. I am hoping to arrange a class trip to Ipswich Museum in the middle part of the term to support this topic . Our science topic is electricity. The children will be making their own circuits with lamps and buzzers and looking at how the brightness of bulbs and the volume of buzzers can be controlled.

Before half term our artwork is based on the work of Alberto Giacometti. After half term our DT work will link to our history project - we will be making a model shaduf and investigating boats suitable for a Nile crossing!

I will be teaching the class each day with Mrs Pratt, our teaching assistant. Mrs Doherty will teach the class each Thursday and Friday afternoon. After half term the class will be taking part in Forest School sessions each Friday afternoon. I will be in touch nearer the time to confirm arrangements.

PE will take place on Friday mornings in addition to swimming at Stowmarket each Monday. Please could you ensure that your child has their (named) PE kit in school each day. It would be helpful they could also have joggers/tracksuit bottoms and trainers as well as plimsolls or lightweight canvas shoes. You may remember that Mrs Doherty contacted you last year explaining that children will not be barefoot in PE lessons due to the risk of splinters from the village hall floor. Outside trainers will not be suitable for indoor gym or dance. Please ensure that all kit is clearly named.

In RE, our theme for the first half term is Christianity - teaching and authority, learning about the gospels and the significance of the Bible for Christians. In the second half term, the theme is the same, this time looking at Islam. Our PSHE topics will cover ‘How should I behave, with a focus on bullying and then ‘growing up’  and ‘the media’.  In French the children will be learning to describe key events in their day and then food.

Our collective worship value for this half term is forgiveness. We will be focussing on this area in assemblies and also other curriculum areas.

Homework becomes more frequent as the children move up the school. The expectation is for pupils to read at least three times a week at home and to note this in their reading record. Spellings will be sent home each Monday and tested on a Friday morning. Pupils will also have a times tables test each Thursday morning. Two further pieces of homework will be given out on a Friday to complete and return to school by the following Thursday. If your child is struggling with homework for any reason, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The format for sharing assemblies will continue to be the same a last year, with one class leading the assembly and sharing their work. Chestnut Class will be leading the assembly on Friday 6th November. Parents are warmly invited to join us for this assembly.

We will be having a daily snack (fruit) and story time each morning before assembly. If you would like your child to have fruit please send this in daily.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Kirsten Sharpe