Newton Class: Pre-School, Reception and Year 1
April and May 2021
Our topic for this half term will be ‘If you go down to the woods’. One of our favourite books ‘The Gruffalo’ will be our stimulus to start the topic as we learn about woodland habitats and the plants, trees, flowers and animals that grow and live here. We will be retelling the story using story mapping, creating our own versions of the book, writing character descriptions and designing and making our own woodland feast (with an extra large helping of Gruffalo Crumble)! An alternative version of Little Red Riding Hood will be our second book focus with a range of fairytales being explored. How many fairytales can you think of that are set in woods or forests? There are lots to choose from! We will also be doing some history/geography learning about the local area of St Kew. We will be identifying the key features of the area such as the school and the church, comparing old and new buildings, using maps to find our way around and drawing our own maps for our friends to follow. We will be comparing St Kew to other localities and looking for similarities and differences between villages, towns and cities. We are looking forward to getting out and about and putting our observational skills to good use!
June and July 2021
In our 'Minibeasts' topic we will be learning to identify, name, describe and classify a wide range of minibeasts. We will be taking part in regular minibeast hunts and learning how to observe them in a safe and kind way. Learning how to improve our environment to help minibeasts to survive will be a vital part of our learning and will support us in our work on designing and building our very own ‘bug hotels’. Our writing skills will be put to good use as we write our own minibeast factfiles. Our reading of minibeast non fiction texts will support this work alongside our book study of ‘Anansi the Spider’ and a wide range of fiction books based on our theme for this term. As we continue to explore our local area and learn about our home county of Cornwall we will also look to extend this learning by looking more closely at the rest of the UK. We will be identifying and naming the four countries which make up the United Kingdom and locating them on maps. We will also be naming some of the towns and cities in the UK and sharing our experiences of places which we have visited ourselves.
As always there will be lots of time dedicated to following the children’s own interests and we know that our topics for this term will give us many exciting learning opportunities that we won’t have yet planned for – we can’t wait!
Outdoor learning wellies and coats need to be in school all week as we go outside every day for Learning Outside the Classroom. Children need a water bottle in school every day.
PE days are Tuesday and Thursday and PE Kits need to be worn to school on these days.
Children need to bring book bags on Fridays so that we can change reading books and send home additional learning resources.
Please see below for our topic web and more information on Newton Class learning.