Assistant Head and Teacher
It's difficult to name a favourite book as there are far too many to choose from! I have very fond memories of my Year 3 teacher reading me the BFG and this was the best part of the day by far. I was totally hooked on her vivid story telling voices and can clearly remember the class falling silent in suspense as she continued the next chapter each afternoon. I'll never forget the roars of laughter as we heard about 'frobscottle' and 'snozcumbers'. My love for Roald Dahl grew more and more from here and I now love reading Roald Dahl's books to my own little class of 'human beans'.
I absolutely LOVE 'The Famous five - 5 go to smugglers top'. It gives me such wonderful memories of when I used to have sleepovers with my best friend, and we would listen to 'The famous five' books on audio. I have particularly fond memories of listening to this one in the dark whilst eating a midnight feast and loving the feeling of being scared but needing to continue listening so that I could complete the adventure with the famous five. I love how Enid Blyton almost makes you feel as though you're an extra member of the gang whilst you read the books. I particularly liked George's character too
My favourite book, for nostalgic reasons, is The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I read it many times as a child and when I had a family of my own, I shared it with my two girls. Even now as an adult I sometimes pick it up and read a chapter or two!
Mrs Pepperpot Stories by Alf Prøysen is one of my favourite books because I love reading about Mrs Pepperpot's resilience, determination and ingenuity in her approach to her shrinking.
Welcome back for the final half term of the year! This half term our focus will be ‘Under the sea’. We will kick off the first week with ‘Environment week’, Mrs H-V has planned lots of activities for us to consider how best to care for and look after our environment and we will be focusing on how to reduce plastic pollution.
For science this half term, we will be thinking about different animal groups, their habitats and the life cycle of a sea creature, the outcome for this unit will be an animal habitat box.
In Art we will have two mini units, in the first unit we will be looking at sculpting techniques using clay and the outcome will be a clay sea creature and in the second unit we will be looking at using mixed media to create artwork and the outcome will be a mixed media sea picture.
Phonics and spelling will be taught daily alongside our English lessons. This half term we will be exploring the text ‘Duffy’s lucky escape’ we will be focusing on ‘writing to entertain’ to start with, and the children will write their own version of this story. Then we will ‘write to inform’ and the second outcome will be to write a set of instructions for how to complete a beach clean.
In maths the Year 1s will look at place value with numbers up to 100, money and time. The Year 2s will focus on time, mass, capacity and temperature.
Music, computing, P.E., PSHCE and R.E. will be standalone subjects for this half term. In P.E. we will have an ‘athletics’ focus, the outcome of this will be a mini competition in which the children need to apply their skills of running, jumping and throwing. In R.E. we will be asking the question ‘What makes some people and places in Cornwall sacred?’ and in music, we will develop our skills of finding a pulse, playing an instrument to a beat, improvising our own rhythm and then composing our own piece of music in the charanga unit ‘The friendship song’. In PSHCE we will be focusing on our feelings, staying safe online and how to keep our teeth healthy.