Welcome to Pear Tree Class!
I hope you’ve had a lovely break during the summer holidays and are ready for an exciting first term of this school year!
This term’s theme is ‘Land Ahoy’ where we will be keen explorers, learning all about the adventures of Captain Cook! We have had our WOW day where the children discovered an old letter written by a mystery explorer. They have spent the day making binoculars, hats and old maps. They even went on a treasure hunt looking for clues!
Here's what we'll be learning about in our other subjects:
Art: We will learn about the story/dream inspired Aboriginal artwork and create our own display!
Design Technology: Our DT will take place during the second part of the term, meaning it will be time to make Christmas cards! We will be thinking about how to make cards with moving parts!
History and Geography: We will learn about the famous explorer, Captain James Cook. We will learn about his adventures on the high seas and how important his travel discoveries were. We will also use map work to track the explorations of Captain Cook, learning the names of continents and oceans along the way.
Science: We will examine, describe and investigate different materials, thinking about what they’re made of and whether they would be a good material to use to make a ship! We will learn to identify and compare these materials.
I.C.T: This term we will be getting used to logging onto the computers and will learn about how a computer works. We will also become more familiar with Microsoft Word and will begin to explore what we can do with this program!
Music: We will be learning songs with an International focus, learning about culture in Asian countries. Pear Tree’s focus is on Japan!
R.E: We will learn about the faiths of Christianity and Judaism. This will include the parables told by Jesus, symbols used in Christianity and Judaism and special celebrations such as Christmas and Hanukah.
Spanish: We will be learning some basic words and phrases in Spanish, including greetings, colours and numbers.
P.S.H.E: We will be learning how to talk about and control our emotions. We will also set our own goals and work out how we can achieve these goals.
P.E: This term, our outdoor P.E session will be on a Monday afternoon where we will be learning many skills such as special awareness of others, ball control and change in direction.
Our indoor P.E session will be on a Tuesday afternoon and we are lucky enough to have a specialist coach for the first half of this term! The children will be learning new games and skills as well as keeping up their fitness.
Please make sure that your child has an indoor AND outdoor PE kit, suitable for all weather. This includes plimsols (indoors) and trainers (outdoors), a plain white t-shirt, a navy jumper, shorts and suitable bottoms for colder outside P.E such as tracksuit bottoms. If your child wears earrings, they must be able to take these out, or have their own tape to cover them up for PE lessons. Alternatively, they could be taken out before they arrive at school on P.E days. Long hair must be tied up.
Homework will be set on a Tuesday and needs to be handed in the following Monday. Tricky word books and blue folders also need to be handed in on Mondays. I will encourage the children not to hand their tricky word books in before Monday as they should practise them as much as possible!
Please continue to support your child with their homework and encourage them to regularly read a book at least 3-4 times a week. Please make sure that your child reads their book twice before handing it in, by placing it in the basket to be changed. By reading it twice, your child will really develop their understanding and sight words.
Any questions or queries you may have please come and talk to me (Miss Cook)!
Appointments can also be made through the school office. 😊