New Term and New Topics

Christmas is behind us and it's time to explore some new and exciting topics.

Our Reception class are investigating sound with their topic What's that Sound? They will go on a sound walk to see what cab be heard and identify where the sounds are coming from. There will be lots of playing with noisy toys, listening to sound and audiobook recordings and make sounds of their own. Playing percussion instruments will be lots of fun (and very noisy). In the outdoor setting, the children will listen carefully and describe the similarities and differences between sounds they can hear. They'll read fiction books about different sounds and join in with rhymes, raps and poems. During music work, they’ll listen to different pieces, march to military music and play a variety of instruments, thinking about loud and quiet sounds, and when these are most appropriate.

Year 1 and Year 2 are taking a lively trip to Brazil for the topic Rio de Vida. This half term, they'll dress up in bright clothes, hang out the bunting and enjoy a carnival party! Afterwards, they will write about carnival experiences, compose carnival poetry, create vibrant dances and play carnival rhythms. They learn to speak some Portuguese (the official language of Brazil) courtesy of Mr Holanda, study maps and globes to locate Brazil and decide what it would be like to live there. As they learn more about Brazil, they will explore famous legends, follow recipes to make Brazilian carnival treats and scour non-fiction books for fascinating facts. Reflecting on what has been learnt about Brazilian culture, the children will think about celebrations in different parts of the world and decide why people celebrate.

Class 3 started their topic of Predator with a visit by Zoolab (the infants also enjoyed this workshop) introducing the children to the concept of predator and prey, with a hands-on, interactive experience; they discovered how they moved, what they felt like and what they ate. They will also program a Beebot robot to move across a grid – will it be caught by a predator? They'll learn about the different parts of a plant and how some plants are predators! An ideal time for David Attenborough's Green Planet to be on television. Through investigations about the human skeleton, the children will find out how muscles make the bones move. They will investigate food chains and learn about how animals find their food.

In Class 4, the children are taking a journey to Ancient Egypt, exploring the history and geography of this incredible country. Already, they have begun to study the mummification process by deseeding tomatoes, weighing them and covering them in natron, the salt used in the embalming process. Over the next few weeks, they will removed from the natron, weighed and re-covered, with observations made about changes in the appearance. Mrs Rogers is also doing this, but using a fish, named Bastet the Bream.

The children will learn more about the country itself: the flag, the currency, the language and the climate. Over the next few weeks they will explore the tomb of Tutankhamun, Egypt's most famous pharaoh.

As the term progresses, each class will share with you the exciting learning and activities they will be taking part in.

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