Our topic  for the summer term is called Games to Play


It is mainly an Arts based topic which includes expressive art and design, dance, music and drama.

We have introduced the topic through a piece of artwork from the 17th Century entitled ’Children’s games’ by Pieter Breugel and the children are already very enthusiastic about their learning.

Our role play is now a pizza parlour and we are hoping for lots of imaginative play and to link this with maths (doubling, halving and sharing).

Please encourage your child to talk about the games they play and both inside and outdoors. It may be nice for parents to talk about their own experiences as a child. 

We are hoping to showcase children’s work through an art gallery  in school towards the end of term.

 

Class 1 visits the River Don


Our children had a fantastic time visiting the River Don that was organised by the Don Catchment Rivers Trust. They learnt all about how the Trust are workiing towards bringing Salmon back to our local river and about the habitats of the wild life that live there. 

The children made bird feeders and hung them along the river pathway. They also examined creatures that live in the stream that flows into the river through magnifying glasses. The visit was very interesting and the children had lots to talk about when we returned to school. 

Here are a few photographs of the things they did. 

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Our Spring term topic is called River Monsters.


It is a mainly Geography based topic and the children have been on a river walk to introduce the topic. Through art work and simple recounts the children have already recorded some of their experiences. We intend to look at habitats and seasonal changes which include a garden bird watch survey through the RSPB. Fiction that we are hoping to link with the topic are: 3 Billy goats gruff, poetry, The pig in the pond and the Rainbow fish.

Our roleplay is now a campsite. Towards the end of the term we will be looking at Lenten and Easter activities.  


 

Class 1 Visit to the Woodland Discovery Centre


We had a fantastic time at the Woodland Discovery Centre at Sheffield where we learnt all about how the stone age people lived. The children explored the woods, collecting berries and nuts. They also searched for animals that would have been hunted in the stone age period. 

In small groups the children searched for branches and made their very own dens that stone age people would have lived in. 

Using the juice of the berries they had collected, they made pictures that would have been used to decorate the walls of their dwellings. During the afternoon the children went on a bug hunting mission where they examined the insects under magnifying glasses. 

It was a brilliant day all round where the children learnt so much about the lives of the stone age people. 

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Our Autumn term topic is called:Stone Age Bone Age

It is a mainly History based topic and the children visited The Woodland  Discovery Centre to learn about life in the Stone Age.

Alongside, we will be learning about  seasonal changes. We will be looking at Fiction and Non-Fiction texts that link in with the topic.

A teacher from St. Bernard’s will be supporting the class with their art work. Hopefully you will see displayed work that reflects their creative activities.  Please encourage your child to talk about what they have been learning at school.

 

Some of the writing and mark making opportunities will be: notes, lists, captions, instructions, messages, letters, stories, recounts, painting, workshop and through ICT.


How you could help your child


Share a book with your child, asking questions related to the pictures and characters.

Mark making is not only a pencil and paper. Paintbrushes with water on walls outdoors, chalk and drawing with fingers in sand are some examples that are just as valuable.

Read Write Inc has been established this week.  A parent’s    meeting has been held to give information about the scheme.

If you need more information about this scheme please ask a member of staff. 

 

Numeracy

We use a scheme called Abacus for maths. There are interactive games online which the children may access at home. Google Chrome is the browser that supports this programme.

 

St. Gerard's Catholic Primary School