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Lime Tree Class Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2016

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Welcome back to Spring term in Lime Tree Class! We hope you and your children had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to begin the New Year! Most of our timetable will remain the same – the only slight change is that there will now be no show and tell. If your child has something related to our topic that they would like to bring and share with the class, we will try and do that during snack time, but they will not have a regular ‘slot’.

Our topic this term is:

“On Safari”

In the Spring term our learning will look at the areas below:

  • Our English unit is about ‘Traditional tales’. This will focus on both tales from the UK and traditional tales from Africa.  In the second half of the term our learning will be around non-chronological reports using our topic as a focus. Spelling, punctuation and grammar work will continue to play a key role in all our English lessons.
  • Maths - Children will be really getting to grips with their 2x, 5x and 10 times tables so they are very secure in their knowledge and understanding. They will begin to solve simple divisions and understand how this links in with multiplication. We will also be looking at fractions including ½ and ¼. It is equally important to practise maths with your child at home as doing reading or spellings. Children at this age learn best when things are very visual and practical. It would help your child to do some halving and doubling using objects around the home. You can talk about fractions while dishing out dinner and go through the times tables while in the car. If your child prefers games on the computer, there are some relevant maths games on the website www.topmarks.co.uk . We have already sent home the new Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFS) for the first spring half term. Please can you practise these with your child on a regular basis?
  • Humanities – in the first half of the term, we will be looking at the geographical similarities and differences between the area that we live in and a contrasting area in Kenya, Africa. In the second half of the term the children will be looking at the first aeroplane flight.
  • In Science, our focus will be on Animals and Humans. We will learn about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores and classify different animals under these headings. The children will begin to identify, label and draw the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.
  • In DT we will be learning to use appropriate tools to prepare different foods. We will be looking at what makes a healthy and varied diet and designing a balanced plate of food for a long journey to Africa. Please make sure the school is aware of any food allergies, as this will involve tasting foods.
  • During Art we will learn how to make 3D safari animals using a variety of mediums.


PE will continue to take place on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their (named) PE kit in school each day. It is important that shorts and t-shirts are in the PE kit as well as a tracksuit/joggers as these are not safe on the gym equipment. Please remember that children will still need plimsolls as well as trainers for PE lessons to prevent splinters in the hall. We will continue to enjoy Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Hammond. Again, please ensure all the children bring in the right clothing for working in the forest.

Our topic for RE this half term is stories and books in the Christian faith. Our collective worship value for this half term is ‘hope’. We will be focussing on this area in assemblies and also other curriculum areas. Our class assembly will take place on Friday 18th March at 9am. All are welcome to come and join us.

A short home task will be sent home each Wednesday and should be returned on or by the following Monday. Spellings will continue to go home on Friday and be tested the following Friday. Please can I remind you of the importance of doing both homework and spellings with your child.

An adult will hear children read each week both individually and/or as part of a group in guided reading. It is still very important for your child to be heard to read at home with an adult at least three times a week. We understand that this is sometimes tricky but makes a huge difference to your child’s learning. Please make sure your child has their reading book and record in school each day. The children will be given the opportunity to change their books during snack time in the mornings.

In the second half of the spring term, the students that we had visiting us in the Autumn term will return to teach in Lime Tree Class. They will be taking on more of the teaching in the classroom. However, we will always be there to supervise and oversee the class.

Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to an exciting Spring term.

Yours faithfully

,Hannah Besley and Kristine Foreman