Our topic this half term is focused on ‘My Summer Art Exhibition’. We will incorporate PSHE, literacy, community visits and technology to explore what art is, different features of art, and how we as individuals can express our own feelings through the medium of art. We will begin by exploring what art is, gathering a basis of our knowledge of what we believe art is. Following on from this each week we will focus on a different style of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, film, and music. We hope to embed this knowledge through community visits to explore each different aspect of art in more depth. During the final week we will embark on a research project, creating our own individualised pieces of art through a medium of our choice.
This term, Admiral Class will once again be joining Monarch class and attending a swimming session once a week in Dorking Leisure Centre. We will begin each session with a warmup in the water completing some water aerobics drills and getting used to being in the water. This half term we will also be incorporating some ball games withing the pool, with the aim of playing a class vs class game of water polo towards the last few weeks of term. Following on from this, pupils will have the chance to freely swim at their own level of comfort with staff supporting any skills or challenges they wish to face and overcome while in the water.
During Literacy, Admiral Class will be completing a phonics lesson each week, linked to sounds and letters at our targeted levels. These sessions will be reinforced by continuing our visit to the library every Monday, where the children will listen to a story and then look at books individually or with a peer or adult. We will also be completing a handwriting session each week to help improve our pencil control skills and perfect the art of forming letters, and so far, we seem to be enjoying seeing the improvement in our work. Our Literacy sessions will also provide a link to our topic and we will complete a reflection each week to continue developing our spoken language skills.
During Maths, we will be continuing to develop our understanding of number, practising recognising number, as well as forming these correctly. We will use concrete materials to support the developing contextual understanding of number, reinforcing our understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. This term we will hold a big focus around place value and using ordinal numbers, and how these can support us in our mathematical understanding. In addition, we will be looking at directional movement, giving each other directions and incorporating our PE sessions to work cooperatively to achieve a goal.
Within Science, we will be focussing on chemistry, looking at the features of different materials. We will begin by gaining a baseline for what pupils already know by creating a whole class mind map of ideas surrounding the properties of different materials. Over the following weeks we will then take a deeper look at different properties of materials, exploring features such as friction, magnetism, and the effects of temperature.
The theme of our PE sessions this half term will be looking towards our Sports Day, practising our sports activities. We will use the skills learnt in gymnastics, ball skills, and movement to successfully complete all Sports Day activities.
Finally, in cooking we will be looking at completing our ASDAN meal preparation introduction booklet. We will explore the importance of hygiene, health and safety and food storage to develop our independence in the kitchen. Throughout the term we will be preparing hot and cold drinks, creating both hot and cold snacks, and discovering the ease of convenience foods and how these can make our cooking experiences easier.
We look forward to a fun and busy half term and as always, thank you for your continued support.