Community Primary School
Our overarching topic for Term 1 is ‘Crime and Punishment’, which began with the dramatic discovery of a robbery at our school over the summer holidays! We returned to find police tape draped around trees and across the door of one of our storage sheds, where the prized ‘Sports Day’ trophy had been kept for safe-keeping.... We donned rubber gloves to investigate the crime scene aiming to find important clues in order to discover… ‘Whodunnit!’
We have already practiced taking finger prints, examining the ways in which fingerprints are analysed and compared to latent prints lifted from a crime scene and have also investigated witness and suspect statements in order to develop our detective prowess! However, at this point, we still haven’t found the culprit, or the trophy…
This enrichment activity has really brought the topic to life and engaged everyone in their learning, which will spark our creativity and enthusiasm. We have planned for lots of varied learning opportunities, asking you to consider, investigate and debate key questions, which will encourage the continued development of your key skills across the curriculum subject areas:
As you can see, we are going to be very busy in Term 1 investigating and thinking about the questions above, and we’ll also be producing a soundtrack with instruments to play over a silent ‘Keystone Cops’ movie, undertaking many art projects and learning all about Reversible/Irreversible changes in Science sessions… (including using plaster of Paris for footprints and looking at invisible ink)
The topic lends itself fantastically to our work in Literacy, as we study and improve our understanding of grammar and punctuation by working alongside the detective, ‘Ivor Clue’. We will be looking at all of those tricky rules that help us to write with real variation and maturity, in order to help us in our SpAG test in May and also in order to develop our writing more generally.
Our focus in Maths this term will be number, place value and calculation, which are essential skills to then build on through the rest of the school year. We will continue to look for opportunities to work in a cross-curricula approach and have also invested in lots of online resources through Mathletics, Active Learning and My Maths. These websites also have lots of interactive tutorials, activities and fun games so we encourage you to access them in addition to your weekly maths homework tasks.
We also continue to have access to the excellent ‘Bug Club’, which offers fantastic opportunities to develop reading and comprehension skills at home, in addition to the good old fashion way of reading books and discussing them with adults and siblings.
Other online help will also be made available on our ‘soon to be re-launched’ website and will be found via our class pages, which have links to many helpful websites and also by taking the opportunity to develop creative and artistic stories through the online platform, ‘Story Bird’ (to be investigated shortly).
This will be given out on a Friday and will be expected to be completed by the following Friday.
Our PE session will be on a Monday morning and our Sports Enrichment will be on a Tuesday afternoon, so please make sure that you have the correct kit in school on these days. It will soon be getting colder outside so it is advisable to bring a tracksuit top and jogging bottoms to keep you warm on the Tuesday session.
Although we are challenging and pushing our children even more in this very important year of their school career, we are trying to keep a balance and aim to ensure that each child feels supported and cared for in order for them to reach their true potential and succeed to their own ability. We are making this experience as fun and as enriched as possible and would like to thank you for your continued support from home as we encourage your child to take ownership of his/her learning and to access the many different vehicles for learning that have been made available online, in school and at home.