This half term, Swallowtail’s topic is ‘Staycations’ where we will be focusing on what a staycation is and the different types of staycations in the country. The children will be continuing their ‘personal care’ sessions during the term so if you have yet to send one in, please can you do so this week. In the first week, we will be focusing on what a staycation is, discussing those we already know about as well as some we didn’t realise were staycations. We will also be learning about money this week as it is “My Money Week” and the whole school will be carrying out money-based activities such as a toy shop, making a piggy bank and using money they have earnt throughout the week at a tuck shop on Friday. Additionally, we will be continuing our cycling sessions on Thursday mornings this term, which I know the children really love and it will give them an opportune time to exercise their bodies doing something they enjoy. We are also going to continue our community visits on Tuesday afternoons to venture to places in the community which relate to our topic of “Staycations” such as supermarkets, hotels, and a caravan shop! Then in the second week, we will start learning about different types of staycations such as camping, theme park visits, museums, beaches and hikes, and we will be talking about the reasons why it is so important to have these breaks to help refresh our minds and rest.
In the third week, we will be looking at staycations at the beach and what this would entail as well as the safety considerations of this type of staycation. We will also be discussing the impact of keeping our beaches clean and tidy. Additionally, we will be researching staycations at theme parks across the UK in week four where the children will be creating their own theme park posters as well as discussing different ways of staying over at a theme park resort (glamping, hotel, lodge etc). In week five, Swallowtail class will be learning about camping skills and completing work based on tent making as well as cooking a famous Scout ‘sponge in an orange’ cake. Moreover, in the sixth and final week of term, we will be using our learning from the past five weeks to think of some highlights of the topic as well as looking at and discussing our exciting staycations during the summer holidays.
With regards to Swallowtail’s community visits his half term, we will be aiming to visit LIDL supermarket, Box Hill Nature Trail, Pizza Express Dorking, Kew Gardens and Priory Farm. Swallowtail class had the exciting chance to visit Sutton Empire cinema to see “Puss in Boots” with their primary friends last term and they all did amazingly well and enjoyed the film immensely.
In our Numeracy lessons, Swallowtail class will be focussing on counting backwards in twos, estimating mass, comparing lengths, writing numerals as words, creating a range of patterns and finding shapes from a description this term and in their Literacy sessions, some children are continuing with some guided reading sessions in groups as well as continuing to better their writing through using legible handwriting and adverbs and continuing to use apostrophes and full stops in the appropriate places. Additionally, other children will be focusing on sounding out unfamiliar words, echoing sound patterns, stating what is successful in their writing as well as discussing root words and identifying them with their partners. We will also be continuing our exciting phonics sessions each week using the Twinkl scheme of work which I know the class enjoy very much. Many of the children have moved up a level in phonics this year which is such great news, and others are close to doing so!
For PE this term, Swallowtail class will start taking part in sessions based around athletics, and more specifically running, jumping and throwing where they will be using their skills to build up to Sports Day later in the term. Our topic for PSHE this term is “Changing Me” and in week 1 we will have a Primary assembly where I will be discussing the topic overall. For science sessions, Swallowtail class will be continuing our focus on Physics this term and carrying out lessons which include light sources, silhouettes and identifying differences between objects.
Lastly, the class will be cooking different foods in cooking sessions with Sarah on a Wednesday, including some delicacies which link to our topic of “Staycations!”