Welcome to Donaldson Class
with Mrs George, Mrs Holden and Miss Irving
Last half term we had a great time learning all about The Great Fire of London. We learnt all about the events leading up to the fire in September 1666, ordered events on a timeline, investigated historical figures including Samuel Pepys and Thomas Farringer and enjoyed reading the fiction text (based on true historical events) Toby and the Great Fire of London. We began the topic with a wow day and we created our own Tudor houses. (see photograph). For our Fabulous Finish we baked cottage loaves (popular at the time of the fire) and then burnt our Tudor houses. There are some photographs at the bottom of this page as well as on the Whitefield Facebook page so be sure to have a look.
We also had a visit from Bedfordshire Fire Service.
During our English we adopted Talk for Writing and looked at a text called Billy the Brave Knight. We learnt the story off by heart through repetition and drama. The children then changed the story to be about a baker, gave it a Great Fire of London theme and re-write it. We were really impressed with the outcomes. The children wrote very impressive stories, some of which were over 2 sides of A4. We are hoping to repeat the success of this with our new text this term.
This half term's curriculum
This half term promises just to be just as jam packed! We are looking at Owls and studying two key texts; The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson and Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We started the topic with a Stunning Starter where The Raptor Foundation came to visit. They spoke to us in detail about the birds, we enjoyed a flyover and even held an owl. Photos at the bottom of this page and also on the Whitefield Facebook page.
English - Primary Writing Project
We will be learning the story Owl Babies. The children will learn the text off by heart through repetition, actions, story mapping and drama activities. We will have daily writing that develops their knowledge and skills. This new concept is a whole school approach. It will develop their confidence, expand their imagination and creativity as well as inspire the children to write with more passion.
This half term we will first focus on properties of 2D and 3D shapes. After that we will focus on fractions, looking at dividing numbers and objects into equal groups, finding halves and quarters.
To support the children in building their competency and fluency we teach the lessons through the CPA (Concrete, Pictoral, Abstact) method.
Concrete - children have the opportunity to use real life objects to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictoral - alongside the concrete, children will also have pictoral representations provided/ draw their own. These help the children to reason and solve problems.
Abstract - once the children are secure and confident a with the concrete and pictoral stage they are then exposed to numerical concepts.
To further support our learning, this half term it is our turn to attend Forst School. We will be investigating owl habitats, learning to build camp fires and carrying out team building challenges.
Our creative curriculum is closely linked with our English work. In Science we will be investigating owls and their life cycles. In art we are exploring the colour wheel.
In PE we are undertaking gymnastics indoors and invasion games outdoors with Mr Cyrus. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school with them every day (indoors - white t-shirt, black shorts, plimsolls; outdoors - white t-shirt, jumper, black joggers, trainers). We suggest they bring it in Monday and keep it on their peg until Friday. Please ensure your child has an outdoor PE kit. Trainers would be preferable over plimsolls for outdoor activities as they protect the children's toes and they are waterproof.
Our timetabled PE lessons are Monday and Thursday morning.
Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is named.
Our Library slot is Friday. Please ensure sure that all library books are in school ready for this lesson so your child may renew their book every week. If your child would like to keep their book for an extra week they still must return it so that it can be entered and then re-issued on the school system. Thank you for your continued support.
RED (Reading Every Day) - this could be your allocated book, Bug Club, library book or any other suitable text. Please sign your child's diary each time they read. Read 5 x each week. Do this for 6 weeks and get a special prize in assembly.
Each week, the class with the highest numer of RED winners
will receive a £10 book voucher.
If a class has 100% RED winners they will receive
£100 to spend on books!
So, parents please get signing those diaries!!
Maths - 1 page set every Wednesday. To be returned the following Monday. 1 dojo for completed work.
Spellings - New words set every Wednesday. To be returned the following Monday. 1 dojo for completed work.
Values Journal - sent home on the first day of every month. To be returned on the last Monday of every month. 1 dojo for completed work. 3 dojos for 1 child selected in each class. Their work is also displayed in the assembly hall for the whole class to celebrate for the following month.
Don't forget, Whitefield Primary School has a Facebook page. There are lots of updates and photographs there too so why not find us and give us a 'like'
We look forward to a very happy and successful year with Delightful Donaldson Class.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.
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