Spring Term 2018
A very Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to Puffin Class!
This term will be super busy again with lots of exciting things planned.
Topic = Explorers This term our topic is ‘Explorers’. Some children have already brought in super rockets to display and others have found out about female explorers too! Well done for everything so far.
Walk to the Moon Last year’s very exciting visit from Tim Peake inspired me to sign up for year 1 to ‘Train like an Astronaut Mission X’. It is run by the European Space Education Office in the UK and has links to the University of York. The ‘Walk to the Moon’ challenge period runs from January to April 2018. The children will engage in a variety of missions at school such as ‘climb a Martian mountain’ and small missions might also be sent home to complete. Nothing scary! The children can also include their Mini Marathon achievements. It’s a double win! Further information is available through www.stem.org.uk/mission-x .
G’Day from Brisbane! Secondly over the holiday I contacted a teacher in Brisbane Australia. We would very much like the children to contact one another through the schools to share what happens in their day to day lives and on any special occasions. Already there is a big difference because the year 1s in Australia don’t start their school year until 23rd January! The teacher also said that she couldn’t imagine a small school because they have 150 children in year 1 across five classes! I see this as a great opportunity for our children to learn about another country and see how lucky they are at Long Itchington.
Science week This year it is from March 9th – 18th. The whole school will be involved in a science day with experiments and investigations. Plus, there will be the annual science competition. More details will follow soon.
Bangs and Potions Nick Barker a scientist from Warwick University will visit us on Thursday 8th February and enthral us with bangs and potions designed to engage Key Stage 1 pupils. He visited our school last year and Key Stage 2 pupils were amazed by his demonstrations. I can’t wait!
As you see, a lot of science based learning. The science is linked into the rest of the curriculum including maths, P.E. Art and design and Geography and so there is a good coverage of subjects.
I hope that the children enjoy their learning and I would like to thank you in advance as I am sure that you will be supporting them at home. Please make sure that they have their named PE kit in school because we will be starting the astronaut training as soon as possible.
Please feel free to catch me at the end of the day if you would like to discuss any matter or alternatively make an appointment for a meeting after school.
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