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Welcome to our summer term with Mrs Taylor, Mrs Cameron and Mrs Campion.

Our topic this term is ‘Amazing Animals’ and we will be learning about different groups of animals and their habitats, how to care for pets and the work of vets and the RSPCA.

To get our topic off to a sparkling start we are visiting Drusilla’s Zoo Park. There, we will have a chance to see many different types of animals and talk about their habitats. The children will have a chance to meet some of the animals during our workshop entitled Fur, Feathers and Scales and also when we visit the petting zoo. I’m sure that this experience will inspire the children and spark their imagination for this topic.

In English we will be starting with the book ‘Dear Zoo’ and thinking about the different animals that are sent as pets. We will follow this by writing our own version of the story called ‘Dear Farm’. We will also be looking at a variety of different poems including ‘Albert and the Lion’ a very funny poem which introduces the children to regional dialects in literacy.

Our maths will be a combination of many different areas of learning including number, shape and space, measure and time. Year one will be looking specifically at multiplication and division and our reception children will be practising their numbers to 100.

In science we will be looking at the different ways that animals can be classified, for example, vertebrate and invertebrate animals and animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also be taking a Spring Walk around the school grounds and discussing the changes that we can see.

As part of our history curriculum we will be travelling to Scutari to spend a week with Florence Nightingale and her brave nurses. We will have the opportunity to learn about her life and work.

The paintings  of the artists William Huggins and Franz Marc will inspire us in art and hopefully we will have some unusual animal portraits to display in our classroom.

Our P.E. will be on Wednesday afternoons with Chanctonbury Leisure centre plus dance and gymnastic sessions on Friday afternoons.  Please ensure your child has named P.E. kit in school including jogging bottoms, plimsolls and trainers for outdoor wear.  Also please ensure your child brings a named water bottle to school.  It can be filled up at school from the water coolers and we will send them home on a Friday for washing.

It would be very helpful if you could share your child’s reading book with them. They will change their books on a daily basis as part of our class routine and will read to an adult in the classroom on a regular basis.

If you can help in any way towards our learning, we would love you to come into class and share you knowledge, skills and expertise.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Taylor