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Welcome to Rabbits Class We have a busy and fun term ahead with lots of exciting learning opportunities to enjoy. Every week there will be a message in your child's home school diary explaining what we have been learning. It would be lovely for you to share what you have been doing at home too.

We will be doing P.E on Tuesday afternoons and swimming on Thursday mornings. For swimming your child will need costume/trunks, towel, goggles and a swimming hat. It would be helpful if they could be in a named bag too. Also, can P.E kits stay in school all week as sometimes it may be necessary to change the day. Thank you.

Every Friday your child will have spellings to learn at home and they will be tested on them the following week. Please help your child to practise these regularly. It is also important for your child to practise reading at home every day too. You are welcome to change reading books with your child when necessary, recording the title in their reading diaries. There is a weekly prize draw in our Friday star assembly for children who have read at home every day. Your child will also have phonic cards to practise at home too. Please remember to bring reading, spelling and phonic books into school every day. Thank you.

If you would like to come and listen to children read in class, you will be very welcome (subject to all the usual checks). Please come and see me to arrange a time. Please remember if you should have any queries or concerns please come and see me. Thank you for your support,

Linda Leach

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Rabbits Class Curriculum Information for Parents
Spring 2018 Topic -  Who Lives Here?
Our memorable experiences this term will include:
Learn to sew
Learn from an older person
Storm a castle
Visit an old ruin/castle/old building

Narrative – Fairy stories, we will be looking at the story of The Paper Bag Princess (Robert N Munsch), Winnie the Witch (Valerie Thomas). Retell story, discussing characters, story settings and writing our own alternative versions.
Traditional tales - The Three Little Pigs. Retell story using puppets, pictures and sentences. Describe characters and events.
Non- fiction – we will be using information texts to research castles and exploring cold places Arctic/Antarctic. Focusing on the different features of non-fiction texts, such as contents, glossary and index. Making a class non-fiction book.
Poetry- we will be learning songs and repetitive poems – creating our own ‘cold/Winter’ poems. There will also be specific spelling, grammar and punctuation activities. Children will continue to practise handwriting skills as well as weekly guided and individual reading.

Number- addition and subtraction. We will be representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 20. Read write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equal signs. Adding and subtracting one-digit and two- digit numbers to 20. Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction using concrete objects and pictorial representation and missing number problems.
Number- place value. We be counting to 50 forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any number. Count, read and write numbers to 50 in numerals and words. Given a number, identify one more and one less and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representation including the number line, and using the language of equal to, more than, less than, most, least. Counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s.
Measurement- length and height. We will be measuring and beginning to record length and height. Compare, describe and solve practical problems. Long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short, double/half.
Measurement- weight and volume. We will be measuring and begin to record mass/weight, capacity/ volume. Compare, describe and solve practical problems, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than, capacity/ volume, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter.

Seasonal Changes. In science we will be learning about seasonal change (Winter/Spring). Recording change across the four seasons. We will be going outside to identify changes in plants and trees and linking our observations to weather patterns and day length.
Everyday materials- to sort and identify, everyday objects. What materials they are made from. Sort them using Venn diagram. Including, wood, plastic, metal, stone. Finding out which materials are used to make different types of houses around the world. Investigating materials and their properties, how to keep warm in a castle/cold places.

Some aspects of computing will be learnt by application throughout the curriculum. The specific areas of learning this term will be: Basic computer skills, exploring iPads. How to research on the internet using web browsers. internet safety. The importance of keeping personal information safe, expressing concerns. Espresso coding.

Art and Design
In art we will be looking carefully at the work of Wassily Kandinsky. Focussing on his work ‘Concentric Circles’. Using cold colours to create own examples. Mixing paint to make colours lighter and darker. Painting animals that live in cold places, penguins, whales, seals, foxes. Detailed castle drawings, making model helmets, shields, crowns, hats, costumes.

Design Technology
We will be designing, choosing, making and evaluating a castle using different techniques to join/strengthen materials. Designing, choosing, sewing and evaluate a castle hanging. Preparing food for a banquet and enjoying a banquet too!

Personal Health and Social Education
Our school follows the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and we also have circle time to promote self -expression and confidence. This term the aspect we will be following are ‘Good to be Me’ and ‘Going for Gaols’.

In our Geography lessons we will be comparing East Anglia and Arctic/Antarctic. Exploring weather and climate in the United Kingdom and Arctic/Antarctic. Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to and describe key physical and human features, beach, coast, hill, forest, oceans, city, town, village, factory. Look carefully where castles are situated in the UK and why, using geographical language for description.

We will be looking at and researching castles. Drawing and labelling our own castles. We will also be looking at houses and homes through the ages. Making a time line. Researching to answer historical questions.

Physical Education
The planned PE lessons for this half term are gymnastics and swimming and for the next half term games and swimming. We will be swimming on Thursday mornings.

Values and Beliefs
The current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus provides the framework for teaching values and beliefs (RE) in our school. This term our focus is spiritual homes, churches and synagogues. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from RE lessons. Please let us know if this is something you are considering.

We follow the Charanga scheme of work. This term’s unit focuses on ‘In the Groove’, ‘Rhythm in the Way we Walk’ and Banana Wrap’.
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