We are a mixed Y1/2 class, which presently consists of six Year 1 children (Badgers) and ten Year 2 children (Owls). My name is Mrs Gunn and I job-share with Mrs Dangerfield, who takes the children on a Thursday. Mrs Still, (Teaching Assistant), is also in the classroom every morning and three afternoons a week to work with the children.
‘Splendid Skies’ is the topic for the first half of this term and the children will have the opportunity to share their knowledge of weather and put forward questions they want answered. This will enable the children to develop their writing of non-fiction, as well as giving them the opportunity to work on poetry related to the weather. The children will also be able to describe how some paintings which depict weather make them feel and recreate different types of weather using paint. These paintings will be influenced by artists such as Henri Rousseau, Turner and Monet.
After half-term our topic will change to ‘The Scented Garden’ and so this will be an excellent opportunity for us to visit Wisley Gardens!
In addition to this, throughout the term the children will develop their knowledge of continents, oceans and seas by looking at a blog created by a local person called Adam and his girlfriend, which is plotting their cycling experience from Peaslake to Japan. It will take several months to complete and we will enjoy taking the journey across our map with them!