Over the next six weeks, Peacock Class will be exploring ‘Holidays Around the World’. Each week we will learn about holidays in different countries, explore how we can travel to different parts of the world, what climate we would face and what one should pack for these trips. We will also learn about famous buildings or things that people might see or do in their holiday destinations. Our first week back at school has focused on ‘My Money Week’ and Father’s Day and so we will introduce our main topic in Week 2, where we will look at a map/atlas and identify places where we have been. If you have any photos of you and your young person on holiday in different parts of the world (including ‘staycations’) it would be lovely if you are able to let me know/send me some photos from your travels for the children to have a look at. We will also look at our first country that people might visit, which is America.
In week 3, our ‘travels’ will take us to Egypt, and we will look at some of the famous architecture from this area, including The Sphynx and The Pyramids of Giza. In week 4, we will learn about holidays to a colder part of the world and will be ‘traveling’ to Iceland to learn about the Northern Lights. Week 5 will see Peacock Class learning about Australia and New Zealand and looking at the different cultures in these countries (Aborigines and Māori’s) and in week 6, we will learn about different parts of Europe such as Spain and Italy.
Our lovely Sue in Peacock Class will also be carrying on with her sensory stories that were introduced last half term. This term we are looking forward to listening to some new stories such as ‘A Travel Guide for Monsters’ by Lori Degman and some of her own creations themed around travelling to different countries around the world.
We are also looking forward to some exciting community visits including a trip to the Littlehampton next Wednesday and, fingers crossed, a wildlife centre where we can visit some wild animals. Additionally, with the weather heating up as we have seen recently, we will also be enjoying some cooling sensory activities in the grounds this half term, such as water play and messy play. If you are able, please provide a spare change of clothes for your young person that we can keep at school in case they get wet or messy during these activities.
We will be continuing with our cycling sessions this half term, however there are a number of weeks where the track is not available so on these weeks, will be visiting parks such as Priory Park in Reigate for sports such as football and tennis. There are no specific clothes or equipment needed for these sessions, however, with the hot weather, we will be ensuring all children continue to wear sun cream when spending time outdoors. Similarly, to last term, if your child has a particular brand of suncream that they use, please feel free to send this in if you haven’t already. Alternatively, we do provide sun cream for the class as a whole. Julie will be continuing her Boogie Beat interactive story sessions for some of the children in Peacock Class on Friday mornings where they will join pupils from another class for the remainder of the year, and we will also continue to take part in weekly Akademi dance sessions on Wednesdays with Anusha.
In our P.E sessions this half term, we will be following the Twinkl Scheme of work – Animal Olympics – where we will be developing physical skills and movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching whilst learning about the Olympic Values. We will also be preparing for our upcoming Sports Day and practising participating in a range of competitions and races! Our Science focus for this half term is physics, and we will be learning about forces such as friction, magnets and taking part in sink or float experiments, as well as introducing some aspects of Earth and Space such as why the sun moves in our sky and different moon phases.
In our Jigsaw PSHE sessions, our half termly focus is ‘Changing Me’ which will include looking at life cycles and different changes we may face in our lives as we grow. Our ICT focus this half term will be ‘presentation skills’ and we will be learning how to create PowerPoint presentations, saving them into our own folders and adding pictures and animations to these. Our R.E. focus for this half term, is ‘what makes a good leader?’ and we will be learning about why people choose to follow leaders such as Jesus, Moses and Muhammed and what we can learn from them.
If there is any other information you would like me to provide you with or if you have any questions, please do get in touch.