After what feels like forever it is a pleasure to welcome you all to Harborne Class. I hope that you are all ready for an exciting and fun filled year of learning.
Our topic this term is ‘MOUNTAINS, RIVERS AND COASTS’.
In this fascinating topic, we will learn what mountains, rivers and coasts actually are, some of the forces that help create and shape these important features, and the effects they have on the world around them. Children will learn about the climates, human interactions, and lifestyles shaped by the mountains, rivers and coasts of the world. We will be paying particular interest to the journey of the river, becoming mountain experts and understanding the effect of the first railways on coastal communities and learning about the great changes that happened during the Victorian Age that transformed British leisure time. In art and design, we will be exploring and creating Monet inspired river art, making mountain collagraph prints and designing and cross stitching our own costal scenes. In PE we will be choreographing a dance reflecting the mood of a river, and music will see us creating our own music using water, which we will later mesh with computing so that we produce a recording of our water compositions using Garage Band.
We have decided to take a break from our ‘normal’ homework this term. We would like you to encourage children to read, read, read and to work on their mental maths skills. There will be no weekly homework set.
Children will be expected to learn their Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) for their appropriate year group this term. Times table knowledge is essential in most areas of the Math’s curriculum so continuing with Times Table Rockstars at home is very important. If you have forgotten your log in please ask!
This year, spellings will continue to be learnt in school and practised each day.
I cannot emphasis the importance of continuing to read and explore different texts at home. I recommend that you continue listening to your children read aloud four times a week. The children will have a library session on either a Monday or Tuesday morning and are encouraged to take books home to share with you, please note that all books will be cleaned and quarantined on return.
The children will have PE on Friday afternoons, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. PE lessons are regularly outside so please make sure your child has trainers and warm tracksuit top and bottoms.
A freshly filled, labelled water bottle needs to be in school every day. We have drinking water in the class so the children can refill their bottles during the day.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries either after school on the playground, in the mornings or via the school office- I am really looking forward to this year and working with you all.
Harborne Class Teacher