Happy New Year for 2020!
This Spring Term Reception children are becoming Arctic Adventurers and Time Travellers. As we travel across the snowy landscapes we will learn about penguins, eskimoes, ice and follow any other icy interests that the children are excited and motivated by.
The wonderful book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers starts us thinking about penguins prompting us to ask the question...
I wonder what it is like to live where penguins live.
The book also allows us to explore what a real friend is and how we can be the same.
As Time Travellers we whizz back to a time where huge beasts lived...yes the dinosaurs. We explore how their remains can give us clues to how they lived in the past. We will discover how they lived, how they survived and what finally happened to them.
Year 1 Children will be exploring the Far East by learning about China.
As Geographers we will be exploring the country of China, considering both its human and physical features. Using this knowledge we will compare Beijing or other Chinese towns and cities to our own town North Walsham.
As Scientists we will be discovering the world of animals – including identification, diet and food chains. We will look particularly closely at Chinese animals and the different habitats in this vast landscape.
As Historians we will find out about the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, and his magnificent Terracotta army, which was discovered in 1974. We will also enjoy traditional tales and find out about Chinese New year in February.
As Artists we learn about colourful and creative dragons. We will also explore watercolour landscapes and Chinese lanterns.
As Musicians we will explore rhythm, relaxation and movement through listening to and creating our own Chinese influenced music.
As Designers we will design a 3D dragon boat (and find out about the ‘Dragon Boat Festival’ in China). We will consider the appearance of the boat as well as the materials we choose in order to make it float and be water proof.
All the children will have daily lessons for Maths, Phonics and Literacy, reinforcing and improving those fundamental skills that run through all our learning. We adopt a practical approach that allows them to use and apply their knowledge in different contexts.