Monarch Class have a very busy half term planned! Our topic is ‘Summer Leisure Activities’ and most of our work will be based around this. We will be learning about going to the beach, summer sports (tennis and golf) and other summer activities such as picnics and trips to the park.
In Literacy, we will be writing about features of the beach, reading seaside information, completing comprehension activities and making beach safety posters. When it comes to sport we will be reading and writing rules for the game, coming up with commentaries and writing creative stories.
We will be continuing with our phonics programme and individualised reading schemes. We will also be watching Newsround and discussing the stories and how they may impact us. We will write reviews of each Newsround episode.
In Numeracy, we will start our learning off with ‘Money week’- recognising coins and adding up different amounts. Some of Monarch class will be sorting coins and matching them- new UK coins do not have the numeral printed on so this will be more challenging! Coins will be used to make art and we will have a pretend shop. Monarch class will learn about number operations in increasing amounts and one group of children will be learning how to add/divide different amounts. Monarch class will also be experimenting with weight and measure- using scales to weigh stones and find objects of equivalent weight.
In Science, we will be investigating! Monarch class will be looking at how water can affect other substances, such as sand or cornflour. How much water will we need to make it totally different? We will also be learning about rocks that come from the beach and how they compare to rocks in soil. When learning about sports, we will include sessions on forces, including gravity. Our creative sessions will be based around our topics. We will be creating a beach and an ‘under the sea’ scene using rackets and other sporting equipment. We will be using sensory materials such as paint on tin foil and collage materials.
Some pupils in Monarch class will enjoy sessions inspired by Tac Pac, attention autism focussed sessions and ICT- using all the computer skills learnt this year to create their own projects.
Our careers encounter this term will be with a scientist! We will be thinking of questions then interviewing a scientist over zoom. We will be learning about what a scientist does by researching online.
This term also includes Sports Day and we will practising in the run up to this- please ensure your child has a PE kit in school. Community visits are going to be to parks, walks and other summer leisure activities.
In cooking we will be making smoothies, ice lollies, salads and toasties.
We are all looking forward to a fun, busy and sunny half term!
Monarch Class Team