I am your teacher is Mrs Canham, and your teaching assistant is Mrs Carter. We are Year 1!
Our topic this term asks the question, ‘What was it like to live in a castle?” We will be having lots of fun exploring and linking our learning around a teaching block based on history. We are going to find out about what it was like living in a castle in the past and comparing this to life in the present day. We are going to visit Colchester Castle, dress up in colourful knights’ tabards and experience what it was like to live and work in the castle. Storytelling, trails, and hands on activities with spark interest in this unique place. We will research castles using a range of sources including, the internet, books and interviewing the castle museum curator.
In science and Design Technology we will be looking at materials and relating this to the materials needed to build strong and stable structures, through various investigations, deciding which material has the best properties needed, for example which material is the best to build a castle with?
We are going to explore both fiction and non-fiction quality textbooks about castles. We will challenge stereotypes and explore a range of fictional and real-life characters. We will research and make information posters and stories featuring dragons, knights, princes, and princesses inspired from stories we have read.
We are going to create a Castle in the classroom for support with maths, drama, and role play.
We will explore computing through investigating algorithms by programming a Bee Bot dressed as our favourite characters.
Our P.E. days are Monday and Wednesday. Please bring your P.E. kit to school, but on colder days it will be necessary to wear tracksuit trousers and a warm top in addition to your regular t-shirt and trainers. Please make sure earrings are removed at home and long hair tied up on this day in line with our school PE policy. Thank you.
Furthermore, please remember to bring, water bottles and book bags to school every day.
Don't forget to keep an eye on dB Primary for an update on what your child is learning in class. We are very much looking forward to the term ahead, please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.