How you can help our learning at home.
The most important thing you can do is talk. Talk about what life was like when you were growing up, and when your parents were young. Share stories and enjoy books, pictures and films. Ask lots of questions and try to find out the answers. Use the internet and visit the local library to find interesting facts which you can then share with your class.
If you think you might have some suitable materials or role play items that you would like to share with us, or if you have any skills, expertise or knowledge you would like to share please pop in and see your child’s class teacher.
KS1 Creative Curriculum Quest Autumn 2013
Welcome back! We hope you have had a good summer holiday and have enjoyed the break. The KS1 team are keen to get busy with our new topic entitled ‘Back to the Future’, which will see us become time lords exploring distant lands and time, past and present.
Key Dates and Events
Why time machines?
Exploring people and places will help children develop an international mindset understanding the beliefs of others whilst developing awareness of their own nationality and beliefs. They will have many opportunities to show respect for themselves and of others.
Art, Music, Dance and Drama
In art lessons we will be exploring landscapes. We will be learning about the work of artists who capture the mood of time travel e.g. Van Gogh’s ‘Starry night’. Then, using our bodies and senses we will create compositions to demonstrate our understanding of various periods in time, both past and present. Our time machines will be completed with sound effects to suit our passage through time.
Design and Technology and ICT
We will be planning, designing and creating our own time machines which we can use to travel to many places. On return from our travels ICT will help us research the lands and time we visit and will help us create images of the future worlds we see.
In literacy we will continue to follow the Read Write Inc. programme and support children in developing their confidence with phonics, reading and writing. We will also use literacy within our topic lessons to ensure that all children are given wider reading and writing opportunities linked to our theme.
P.E and outdoor learning
Children will develop a range of gross and small motor skills within PE lessons through gymnastics, swimming and games. All classes will be taught for one session per week by a sports coach. Rowan Class will be swimming on Thursdays. We will promote learning through play and outdoors whenever possible. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
We will be exploring suitable materials to protect us inside our time machines. And once we take flight we will be learning about forces, (particularly pushes and pulls) and discovering our senses and how sound travels.
History and Geography
As Geographers we will be learning to read maps, globes and atlases to find out about the countries we may visit in our time machine. We will be drawing maps and plans of our travels and thinking to the future of how we might travel.
As Historians we will be learning about significant events in our past. Beginning with our own family history we will journey through time, discovering what is was like when dinosaurs roamed and understanding how innovative the Victorians were. Using what we know about our past will help us to predict what might happen in the future.
We will continue to practise our mental maths by completing daily maths and Olympic maths challenges and putting mathematical understanding into practise by solving everyday problems – Please see separate sheet for further details.
Whilst on our travels we will consider what different people think about our past and our future prospects and how values can alter over time. A lot of our activities will involve the children working as a team to solve problems and we will be teaching skills to enable this and to create and foster independent and interdependent learning.
We look forward to sharing our learning with you each step of the way!