Welcome to the Beetles!
Hello and welcome!
*Meet the Beetles grown-ups*
The grown-ups in the Beetles class are Mrs Talbot, Mrs Spratt, Miss Barkes and Mrs Madin. We love teaching the Beetles and we are so proud of their achievements!
If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you!
*Our Christian Value for the term*
Our value for this term is Respect. Being respectful is one of the key ingredients to being the best person you can be.
“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”
Respect is also one of our school rules (Ready, Respectful and Safe) and is a value we hold dear in school. The children learn to recognise respect in others, while also showing respect themselves.
“Respect other people's feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.” Roy T. Bennett.
They also learn the importance of showing respect to our belongings and to our environment. The children are developing their understanding of how we can respect our beautiful world and what we can further do as a school, as a Plastic Free School.
When it comes to climate change, “be the change you wish to be in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi.
*Our Learning for this term*
Autumn term 2
This is such an exciting term. Our topic is called, 'Bright Lights and Dark Nights'. We are learning about different celebrations such as Divali, Bonfire Night and Christmas. We will be taking part in lots of hands-on experiences, such as Divali dancing, exploring sparklers and our Christmas play.
Our Talk for Writing text is 'The Sleepy Hedgehog' and we will be going on some wonderful adventures with him.
We can't wait for such a wonderful term!
Autumn 1 Term 2022
We are delighted with how well the new Beetles have settled into their new class! We are very excited about getting to know one another this term, and have got all sorts of fun activities planned as part of our 'Me, Myself and I' topic.
We'll be learning about how we've changed since we were babies, and will be talking about our families, and how families can be different from one another. We will also be learning about our local community, which will include a wonderful autumn walk on the West Common!
Our school is very special, as we have a plesiosaur as our school logo! We'll be learning all about why the plesiosaur is on our school jumpers, and will be celebrating the work and discoveries of Mary Anning.
The children will be developing their creative skills this term by exploring different artistic techniques - drawing, printmaking, painting and collage. We'll be looking at self portraits be famous artists, and see if we can create some masterpieces of our own!
We will be having regular 'circle times' to talk about personal, emotional and social aspects of life, and to build the children's confidence in talking within a group. We will also use these times to introduce and reinforce our school rules of being 'Ready' (to listen and learn), 'Respectful' (towards adults, other children and the environment) and 'Safe' (both in and out of school). Children demonstrating these rules, as well as this term's value of Friendship, will receive a Shooting Star sticker plus a certificate in our Celebration assembly at the end of each week.
Our term will culminate with a Harvest Festival, which will involve stories, singing and a celebration of nature in autumn.
We will be starting to learn phonics, and will be following the 'Little Wandle' programme in order to teach this in a systematic way, on a daily basis. We will also be doing lots of work based on the story of the Gingerbread Man, as part of out Talk for Writing initiative. We will be taking part in maths activities every day, most of which will be practical and games-based, which we hope the children will find exciting and stimulating!
We endeavour to provide lots of interesting activities for the children to explore during the day, during their 'choosing time'. Please let us know if your child has a particular passion, and we will try our best to ensure we reflect their interest in our classroom and outside provision.
We hope the children have a wonderful and exciting term! Please feel free to chat to Mrs Talbot or Mrs Spratt if you have any concerns, or if you'd like to celebrate some of the amazing work your child does!
*Our Half Termly Newsletters*
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