It is such a pleasure to meet you all! It has been fantastic to spend this first week getting to know your lovely children and helping them settle into their new class and new routines.
I wanted to tell you a little bit about what we're planning for this half-term. In science, we'll be looking at the human lifecycle. The children will learn that humans grow from babies into children and then adults. By the end of the half-term they will be able to understand the basic needs animals have for survival, the importance of exercise and a balanced diet.
Our topic in geography is the city of London. The children will learn where it is, who created it, what types of transport exist in London and what historic events almost destroyed the city.
In maths this term we will be working on 2D and 3D shapes, exploring their names and the number of faces, edges and vertices on each of them. You can help by noticing and talking about shape in the environment with your child. The children will also be able to understand fractions such as half, quarter, third and the idea of equivalence.
Our timing is perfect to explore the importance of Easter for Christians in RE! The children will learn about incarnation, salvation and the celebration of hope.
We have signed up to a very exciting project trial created by Artis. This programme of work uses performance to explore 'In the Garden' by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson - a poem rooted in nature. Blending elements of the literacy curriculum with music, drama and movement - the children will grow in confidence in reading and performing. They will respond physically and vocally to the poem; begin to comprehend and use more complex vocabulary; explore rhyme and rhythm; and immerse themselves in the world of poetry.
Don't forget that World Book Day is next Thursday - children do not have to dress up for the day but they may if they choose to. We will be having a special day filled with bookish joy. We will be welcoming a pop up bookshop from our friends at The Bookery in Crediton who will introduce children to some fun age appropriate books and give them a chance to buy a book from the shop. The bookshop will remain open until four o'clock at the end of the day in case any parents or carers would like to visit it. To buy a book children need to bring cash in a sealed, named envelope and give it to the class teacher at the start of the day. Children will be able to buy one book for six pounds or two books for ten pounds.
I'm looking forward to working alongside all of you and keep an open channel for communication between home and the school. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions! My email is AQueiroz@chagfordprimary.org.uk
Have a wonderful term everyone!