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Spring 1

Topic - Black Culture - African Music

The children explored different drumbeats using a range of drums. They also created their own African necklaces ready for our assembly performance. 

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Science - Waterproof or Not

Many of the children had fun exploring different materials to see if they were waterproof.  Sometime the children were disappointed that they weren't waterproof!

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Science - Exploring Flowers

Some of the children have been exploring flowers through sight, touch and smell.  They have pulled some apart looking at the petals and stems. 

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Mathematics - Sorting Coin / Objects

The children have been working hard to match objects and coins.  They have looked carefully to find the 'same'.  We have now been using this in our morning snack time where the children have to now buy the snacks they want to eat using pennies. 

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English - Making a Giant Jam Sandwich

To introduce our book 'The Giant Jam Sandwich' the children role-played making their own giant jam sandwich and trapping the wasps inside!!!!

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Welcome to 2019!  We are looking forward to yet another exciting term in school.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is ‘Black Culture’ and we will be looking at a number of individuals who have had an impact on us all through their actions, music or sporting skills.  The children will participate in a range of activities to help them to recognise these people and what they have done. They will be involved in role play activities and this will also link with our Expressive Arts topic of ‘This is Me’.  Through music they will also explore elements of black culture. In Art / Design and Technology the children will create work celebrating diversity and acceptance as well as specific activities linked to Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Usain Bolt and Bob Marley.

 

Our Values focus for the first half term is Determination.  We will look for opportunities to celebrate the children demonstrating the skill of determination and this will be recognised in our assemblies.  

 

In the cookery lessons this term the children will be making a variety of omelettes using a range of fresh healthy produce, following recipes and verbal / visual prompts.  

 

English

In English this half term we will be reading ‘The Giant Jam Sandwich’.  The children will have opportunity to explore rhyme as well as sentence development, comprehension and sequence using written and verbal instructions.

 

Amazon’s description of the book: One hot summer in Itching Down, Four million wasps flew into town. What are the villagers going to do about this noisy, nasty nuisance of a swarm? Make a giant jam sandwich - that's what!

 

On Mondays we will be sharing the children's weekend News.  It would really help us if you could let us know what your child has done over the weekend so we can support them in recalling past events so that they can share their news with others.  This could be a simple note, a photograph, a leaflet, a receipt or a little drawing in / or placed in the home - school diary.

 

We will also be participating in regular phonics sessions three times a week and the children's reading skills will be supported through matching activities, flashcards, games and reading books as appropriate throughout the week.     

 

The children will have further opportunities to develop their fine motor and handwriting skills through weekly activities such as Dough Disco, Write Dance and handwriting activities.

 

Mathematics

The Mathematics curriculum is taught through a rolling rota of Number, Geometry and Measure.  These differentiated sessions will focus on comparing length, more / less, enough / not enough, capacity, estimating and counting as well as recognising similarities or differences and using money.

 

Computing

The focus of Computing is ‘Design and Animation’’ where the children will use a variety of computer programs to develop their skills in designing familiar items and working to create short animations which they can then play back.  During our computing topic sessions the children will be completing different tasks linked to our ‘Black Culture’ topic or linked to English and Mathematics skills to extend and consolidate learning.

 

Throughout the term we hope to have a weekly walk to support the children in developing their road safety awareness and knowledge of the local area.

 

In PSHE we will continue with our ‘growing up’ sessions, talking more about the changes they will experience as their bodies change through puberty.

 

If you have any questions or queries please feel free to write in the home / school diary.  As you know we have now fully moved in to our new classroom and beginning to settle. We are looking forward to having fun and learning lots!

 

Please refer to the Diamond Class curriculum overview for this half term for more details about the curriculum for this half term, you can view this below.

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Autumn 2

Topic - Rabbit Warren

In our topic work we have been looking at different winter wildlife and their habitats.  The children dressed up as rabbits and moved through a warren built in our classroom.  They had great fun trying to find their bunny friend and the toy carrots!

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Maths - Mazes

The children have been exploring mazes.  They have had to move themselves and objects through a maze to get to a different place.  They had opportunities to create their own mazes  Some even described which directions they had to move in. They were all amazing!!!!!!

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Topic Computing

The children have explored several activities to develop their mouse skills, targeting skills and to develop their understanding of insects and mini-beasts as part of our topic work.

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Overview

Welcome back to the second part of the Autumn Term.  Ahead we have lots of exciting things to look forward to as we move towards Christmas.

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The topic we are exploring this half term is ‘Winter Wildlife’.  The children will be learning about different winter wildlife. They will be exploring their habitats, their diet, their appearance and the features which help them to survive.  This will involve visits to our local woodland area where we hope to see some winter wildlife ourselves! We aim for focus on hedgehogs, squirrels, foxes, badgers, mice, insects, rabbits, deer and owls / birds.

 

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We will be focusing on Traditional Tales for this half term and the book we have selected is ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.  This should be particularly interesting as many of the children will be watching this at the pantomime in December. This story also contains lots of winter wildlife which will link to our topic and help to consolidate learning.  Watching the pantomime and becoming familiar with the story will help the children as we will be using it as our own Christmas production which we hope you will be able to come and see.

 

Shortly we will be starting our PSHE ‘growing up’ sessions which I think the children will like learning about.  They may ask you questions as well to help them make sense of the changes to their bodies.

 

Please refer to the Diamond Class curriculum overview for this half term for more details about the curriculum for this half term, you can view this below.

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Autumn 1

Our Scarecrow

We decided to take our inspiration from the garden and use old flowerpots to create our own scarecrow.  The children worked hard to thread string through the holes to join flowerpots together.  Then they had to tie knots to hold them together making arms, legs, a body and a head.  The children worked hard and had fun.  Look at our wonderful scarecrow!

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Hockey Sticks

As part of our topic the children designed and recreated their own hockey sticks.  Here they can be seen designing them on paper first before using paint to add their design to the hockey stick.

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Our Pre Kingswood Document!

Gardening 

The children have been working hard inside and out as part of their gardening experience.  Here the children are busily cleaning out the pots ready for the next lot of seeds and seedlings.

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Mathematics Heavy and Light 

The children have been exploring weight.  They have been moving heavy and light objects, comparing the weight of different items to find the heaviest or lightest and they have also had to make one side heavier than the other using rice or play dough.

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Computing Topic Work

The children have used a number of ICT programs to further develop their understanding of the human body.  Here the children are exploring the x-ray machine to see the skeleton hidden inside their body. 

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Topic and PSHE - Fit as a Fiddle 

We have been talking about hygiene and keeping clean.  The children worked very hard to recall the sequence of actions to make sure their hands were clean using warm water, soap, a good rubbing action and then rinsing away the soapy bubbles before drying their hands.  Good work Diamond Class!

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Fit as a Fiddle Assembly

This week the children explored body pump. They used their own 'dumbbells' and followed the actions of the adult making their muscles work hard, getting hot and sweaty before cooling down after their exercise 

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Below is Diamond Classes curriculum overview for this half term. You can click on the picture below to view the document.
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Hello and welcome back to school for another exciting year.  This Year we will be in Diamond Class. Many of you will already know me but as a team we would like to introduce ourselves.  My name is Ella-Marie, but please feel free to call me Ella, and I am the teacher in Diamond Class. Within the class we have a fantastic team including: Linda (TA2) who leads the class on Thursday afternoon as well as supporting throughout the week.  Leanne, Lyn and Sandra complete the team (TA1s) and support the children whilst make learning fun and rewarding. This year the we have six boys and two girls in the class.

 

Topic

This half term our topic is ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ and we will be looking at the human body, health, fitness and diet. The children will participate in a range of activities to help them to recognise features of the body and understand how the body works.  They will explore healthy and snack foods and learn about the importance of exercise. The children will join in with physical activities to help them to develop their understanding of ‘fitness’ and they will hopefully get to meet with some footballers too.  In Art/D&T the children will be completing different tasks linked to our ‘Fit as a Fiddle’.

 

In the cookery lessons this term the children will be making a variety of fajitas-style dishes using and range of fresh healthy produce, following recipes and verbal / visual prompts.  

 

English

In English this half term we will be reading ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’.  The children will have opportunity to explore well known characters, complete sentences to support comprehension and sequence the story.

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