I have so many favourite books and I read at least one new book a week! I love going to the library and discovering a new world each time I start a story. My absolute favourites are the Harry Potter books and I re-read them every year. I have such fond memories of each book coming out and getting excited to see what was going to happen next. I loved the idea of receiving a letter when you turned 11 to find out you had magical powers! My favourite book in the series is Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban because I love the part where Harry and Hermione travel back in time to save Sirius. I wouldn't be able to pick a favourite character because there are so many I love but my favourite professor is Professor McGonagall!
I really enjoy reading the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes. Alfie Gets In First was read to me as a child and I have since read it with my children. I also LOVE the illustrations.
One of my favourite stories to read is Zog by Julian Donaldson. This book brings back lovely memories of reading the story to my two sons. The book also reminds us that you can achieve anything with patience, perseverance and someone who believes in your abilities.
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 we will be focusing on time, mass, capacity and temperature.
Music, computing, P.E. 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’.