WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OUR CLASSROOMS… Summer term (b) 2005 This half term is looking very busy! This week KS1 and KS2 will be involved in a creative arts project based on the theme of „Discovery‟. An artist will visit school for three days to help us. Lots of really fun things are planned! Alison Carter Foundation The Foundation children are working on a food topic this half term. The topic is centred around different themes: a pizza place, a restaurant, a cake shop, Macdonalds, a picnic and a visit to the seaside. Each area of the curriculum will be covered through the themes, for example maths with money and counting (laying the table) and communication through roleplay. . YEAR 1 We are doing two mini topics this term. One is about Food and the other is based around the theme of “The Seaside”. Our food topic will be fun! We are going to make banana sandwiches and create funny faces on bread. Also, we will be baking potatoes and buying fruit to make a healthy fruit salad. Then we will enjoy eating all this food which is good for us! The second topic is the seaside and after we have been there for the day we are going to do lots of art work and role play to finish off the term on a really fun note! Year 2 This half term in year 2 we are focusing on the topic of the Seaside. We will be looking at it in Geography and using maps as well as expanding their vocabulary of geographical words. In history we will look at what holidays were like in the past, examining photos and talking to some older people about their holiday experiences. Please talk to your child at home about any holidays you have been on, so to help them with questions we might ask at school. In ICT we will be designing deck chair covers that could be used at the beach. As with everyone in school we will be visiting the seaside for the day, and the children will be making a scrap book of their seaside experience. If you have any photos of your child whilst on holiday, it would be lovely to see them, so the children can show them to the others and discuss what they are doing. Year 3 and Year 4 This term Year Three are studying the Egyptians! We will be looking at how Egyptians lived, the work, the leisure activities and how their way of life was different to ours! We are going to have a real Egyptian man come and act out how life was in Ancient Egypt. We are also going to go to The Museum and Art Gallery in Birmingham centre to look at their Egyptian collection….details to follow. We hope you can send in anything relevant to our project Our Garden with our herbs is growing well…we have a few stray plants there…potato and carrot! We are already looking forward to our seaside trip in July. We are going to be having Big Arts week next week and will be working with a woman doing lots of art and craft activities. Year 5 and Year 6 This half term the Year 5 and 6 topic focus is called 'Our Backyard'. We have chosen to specifically look at the nearby area of Bournville and look at how it has changed over the past 100 years. The children will start the topic with a trip to Cadbury's World where we shall be investigating the history of Cadbury's and the influence the Cadbury's family had on the area. On June 20th the pupils will be returning to Bournville to look at the building changes and to do some detailed sketches. Geography: Where is Bournville? What influence did George Cadbury have on the environment? Science: Yr5: Micro-organisms - vaccinations, decay and bacteria. (Linked to the slums and typical city lifestyles in Victorian times) Art: Sense of place - detailed pencil sketches of buildings, perspective, adapting images using watercolours and paint. Music: creating music to match images, moods and emotions. ICT: Control - creating own traffic light system using simple computer instructions. PE: Rounders, Cricket & Athletics. In addition on Friday mornings there will be a half an hour modern foreign language taster course each week. Year 5 will be focusing on French whereas Year 6 will be concentrating on Spanish.