Welcome to Pear Tree Class!
I hope you’ve had a lovely break during Easter and are ready for an exciting and busy final term of this school year!
This term’s theme is 'At the Bottom of the Garden', where we will be keen scientists throughout the term! We’re looking forward to planting seeds and looking after them and watching them grow, getting outdoors to learn about the plants growing around us and even planting out our seedlings! We will be observing them each week to see the changes We will also be investigating what a plant needs in order to grow, by placing some in the fridge and cupboard!
We have already enjoyed planting seeds and beans and we've started watching them carefully as they grow.
This term is also Pear Tree’s turn for ‘Forest School’! This will be held every Tuesday afternoon in 2 alternating groups! Please make sure your child has their wellies for their week!
This term we will also be practising for our class assembly performance! (After May half-term)
Here's what we'll be learning about in our other subjects:
Art: We will be learning about Vincent Van Gogh and using his paintings to influence our own pieces and develop related skills. Do you have a favourite Van Gogh painting that you can show your child and discuss?
Design Technology: We will be researching different bird feeders and then designing and making our own using a range of materials. Do birds visit your garden? What could you feed them?
History: Changes in our countryside and how over the last century farming and equipment have changed dramatically.
Geography: Developing our field work skills to collect information about our local environment and map what we have found. We will focus our learning on North Walsham. Perhaps you have some old maps that we could use in our learning that you could lend us?
I.C.T: Learning about what a computer is. We will also create a poster on ‘Microsoft Word’, with different sized font and colour.
Music: We will focus on songs based around traditional tales.
R.E.: We'll be learning about figures who have an influence on others locally, nationally and globally in religions and worldviews, and why. We will learn about important religious figures such as Jesus, Mohammed, Elijah, David.
Spanish: We will continue to learn about Spain and learn some basic phrases.
P.S.H.E.: Money, money, money! We'll be learning all about money; spending money, and saving money.
P.E: This term, with the weather improving, we will enjoy outdoor PE sessions! We will also be taught dance on a Friday by our dance coach! The moves we are learning are linked to our theme ‘At the bottom of the garden’!
This term, Year 1 will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday afternoon (the other half of the class will be outside doing ‘forest school’ activities. Please do make sure that your child has an outdoor PE kit, suitable for the weather. As the weather improves, you will need a cap or hat for your child to keep in their PE bag to use in lessons.
Your child will also need their indoor PE kit for Fridays for the dance sessions.
If your child does have earrings, they must be able to take these out, or have their own tape to cover them up for PE lessons. Long hair must be tied up.
Homework is set on a Friday and needs to be handed in the following Wednesday. Tricky word books are also due in on Wednesdays. I have been encouraging the children not to hand these in before then as they should practise them as much as possible!
The children have been working hard on their tricky words and their phonics, they will be checked in school each week too. Please continue to support your child with their phonics and tricky words as the Year 1 phonics test will be this term.
Please continue to support your child with their homework and encourage them to regularly read their 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
Myself (Miss Cook) or Mrs HP on a Wednesday!
Appointments can also be made through the school office. 😊