Welcome to the Dragonflies!
Hello and welcome!
*Meet the Dragonfly grown-ups*
The grown-ups in the Dragonfly class are Miss St. Bernard and Mrs Jones. We love teaching the Dragonflies 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 in term 5 is 'Trust'. Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust entails vulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts - pilots, dentists, surgeons and learn to be trustworthy ourselves.
Psalm 91:2 I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ John 14:1 (Jesus’ words to his disciples) ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.’
Trust is a really important value. It must be earned. If we do not trust someone it is very hard to build a good friendship with them. Talk together about:
• people who you know that are trustworthy.
• practical ways that we can show others that we are trustworthy.
*Our Learning for Summer Term One*
Mrs Wallis is so excited to be planning our English based on the story George and the Dragon by Chris Wormell.
Like every half term, we will be starting with a cold task. This gives the children the opportunity to show us what they have remembered and what they are applying in their writing. We can then plan the remaining English based around what the children need to improve their writing further.
The first two weeks of the term the children will be exploring Dragons and finding out facts about them - the teachers have even learned a few things about them! We will watch clips from well known movies to give the children a flavour of what Dragons can be like and that they are not all mean and nasty!
We will do some hot-seating and drama to get the children discussing and talking about what it would be like to be a dragon and if we do come across one, how would we trap it?!
We are going to do some cross curricular work and step into the world of a dragon! Don't worry grown-ups, your children will come home safely! We are going to explore a book called Tell me a Dragon and the illustrations. The children we help create the background for the class display based on their ideas of what a dragons world will be like.
We have lots more planned so keep checking twitter @DragonfliesStF for more of the exciting things!
This half term we will be focusing on time to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/ to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. They will also learn the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day. We will be taking our learning outdoors with a treasure hunt to tell the time outdoors! You will also tell the time throughout the day when lunch is, math's etc putting it into real life context.
We will also work on measurements. We will be learning length/ height in any direction (m/cm), mass (kg/g) temperature (degrees Celsius); capacity (liters/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, and thermometers. We will also be comparing and ordering lengths, mass, volume/ capacity and record the results using greater than >, less than < and equal to =.
Science:We are linking some of our science to the topic of Walk on the Wild Side! We will learn about classification of animals and group animals into mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish. We will learn about the offspring of each group and what animals (including humans) need for survival. We will also learn about the importance of exercise, eating the right types and amounts of food and hygiene.
Geography: This will also link in with our topic work as we discover more about the rainforests of the word. We will begin by reading the story of the Great Kapok Tree and then from there, we will continue to find out more about where the rainforests are, what lives and grows there, what the climate and weather is like and how it compares to forests and woodland that we know in the UK.
Music: It's time to be inspired by the sounds of the rainforest. We will experiment with musical instruments and find creative ways of making various sounds with them. We will use instruments to recreate sounds of the rainforest as we work together to create our own class piece.
Art: We shall begin by focusing on sketching and how to create texture using pencil.
We will then turn our focus to sewing skills; designing and creating our very own jungle finger puppets!
It's that term where we can be outside all of the time!
Here is a brief plan of what we are going to do this half term in Forest School. This is an outline, we may add things or swap weeks around based on resources.
We have added a list of resources under each week, so if you can help by bringing some in, that would be amazing!!
We plan to plant a simple herb garden, refresh our beds that we have already in school and plant simple vegetables.
We are going to create a grass head and plan cress.
We will also recycle bottles into art on the school fence!
Resources - plastic bottles - any colour, size, shape, seeds, yoghurt pots
We are going to learn to whittle. Whittle is when you carve a piece of wood into a figure. We start of simple by practising with a bar of soap and then we plan to create something simple for the garden such as a vegetable sign or garden gnome. We will not be using a knife! Whittling can be done with a simple Lancashire potato peeler.
We are also going to explore tie dying. We are going to use marbles, elastic bands, plain fabric and food colouring to create different effects.
Resources - thick stick, white or cream clean fabric such as a pillowcase, food colouring - does not need to be in date and can be oddments
We are going to learn about the artist Steven Brown. He uses bright, bold colours to create paintings of animals - I wonder which animal we may choose to do?
We are going to explore smudging. The children will look at smudging pencil to give a desired effect and add shadow.
The children will draw a dragons eye and then smudge to add definition and shadow.
As our English topic is dragons we need to make a sword!
We are going to use some of the willow to create a sword that would defeat a bad tempered dragon.
Resources - sticks!
Throughout the term we will be checking and looking after our plant beds. we will use what grows in a little cooking. We may finish the term with a fire pit!
We will be checking a record of our weekly activities in a simple diary in our topic books and on a Friday we will continue our spelling quiz.
Information for Forest Schools
Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately. They needs waterproofs for if it rains. Children may not be able to go outside if not dressed correctly for the weather as we do not have enough spare clothes.
Children need to be dressed in trousers, top and jumper. Layers if it is due to be cold and trainers - NO PARTY OUTFITS OR SANDLES.
Please ensure that they have a change of shoes so that we do not trample mud around school. The children will still need to go into the lunch hall and toilets and will need clean shoes to do so.
Natterhub: Children will continue to use Natterhub to share their learning, keep in touch with each other and develop their understanding about using the internet safely.
Computing: We shall continue to develop our understanding of simple programming and debugging.
E-Safety: We will use Natterhub to explore digital footprints; exploring the importance of leaving a positive digital footprint and what to do in various situations if they haven't made a good choice online.
RSE/PSHEThroughout the term the children will learn about the importance to keep a heathy body and healthy mind. We will be thinking about the need for exercise, healthy eating and looking after your teeth. We will also develop our understanding of managing our our feelings and talking about feelings with others.
We are also continuing with our 'be ready, respectful and safe' behaviour system. The children are very knowledgeable about what this looks like in school and have been working hard to show these behaviours at all times.
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