Welcome to Rowan Class!
The staff working in Rowan class are Mrs Rees, Mrs Evans, Miss Dakowicz and Mrs Godlewska. If you have any questions or issues please come and speak to us.
In Rowan class Mrs Rees loves numbers and reading lovely stories wrote by the children, Mrs Evans loves Mr Men stories, Miss Dakowicz loves science investigations and Mrs Godlewska loves gardening and the outdoors. What do you like to do? Come and tell us as we really want to know all the things that you enjoy!
This term our topic is called ‘Flight’ and we will be finding out all the History of flight from when it began to modern day. We will then be using this information to answer our topic question – Did Queen Victoria fly to Spain?
In History, we will find out about Icarus, the Montgolfier Brothers, Otto Lilienthal, the Wright Brothers, Amelia Earhart, Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong. Who are all these famous people? Why are they important in the history of flight? How will this knowledge help us to answer our topic question? We will then find out who Queen Victoria was and work out if she did fly to Spain?
Linked to the work on the history of flight we will design and make our own kite in DT. What shape will you design? Will it have a tail? Do you think you will get the aerodynamics correct so it flies in a straight line?
In Science, we will find out about plants. What they are called? What the names of their body parts are? What the differences between an Evergreen and Deciduous trees are? We will then do some investigations by growing plants to look at what requirements a plant needs to grow. Do you know what a plant needs to grow?
In, Geography we will use our knowledge to find out about different places around the world and what it would be like to live there. What would it be like living in the desert, at the beach, in a rainforest or in your local area?
We will also have lots of fun doing games and athletics in PE, continuing with our work on Purple Mash in ICT and finding out about relationships in PSHCE. What are friendships? What makes a relationship good? Should we keep secrets and trust our friends?
This term our topic is called 'Our Community' and we will be finding out all about our local area. We will be looking at our journey to school and the things we pass on our walk. What landmarks do you see in Bentley on your way to school? What landmarks do you regularly visit?
We will be learning some Geographical vocabulary such as near, far, location, Places of worship, River, bridge, field, aerial, birds-eye view, navigation and local area. We will be drawing maps, plans and finding out all about the different symbols they use. Do you know what symbol are on a map and what they mean?
In ICT, we will be learning how to search using the internet and then make a leaflet about our local area. Our leaflet will encourage people to visit some places in our local area such as Bentley Pavilion, the park, the shopping centre, the River Don or Bentley Cricket club.
We will also be finding out about different religions and there special places of worship, learning and creating some dances based om colours such as yellow and in Art/ DT we will be preparing to have a picnic in our community by creating bunting, flags and food.
In Rowan class our topic will be ourselves and animals. We will find out that humans are animals, about different animal groups, finding out about animals from Australia and doing lots of art work linked to animals and Australia.
Also we will be making lots of new friends in our new class, singing lots of songs (we all missed this last year) and finding out about what makes each other special. We hope you will look at our parents forecast to find out more information.
PE will be on Thursday each week.
Children will need to bring their PE kits on a Monday and we will send them home on a Friday. Anybody who wears earrings will need to remove them either at home or be able to do this in class independently. Any questions please just come and ask!
This half term in Rowan class we have an homework menu about 'Flight' which links to our topic in class. Please complete an activity each week and return the homework by Wednesday.
Any problems please come and see an adult in Rowan class before Wednesday.
Work will be sent daily on Class dojo, Purple Mash and Times Table Rock Stars.
Please find below a work pack in case of technology difficulties!
Apart from the obvious benefits of improving reading skills, by encouraging children to read regularly, it can improve their imagination, spelling and punctuation accuracy. Reading also improves their concentration and vocabulary. The habit also makes children more stylish writers, as they copy elements of authors they have enjoyed and adopt these as their own. Children who read for pleasure are far more academically successful than those that don’t. So it really is a no-brainer: good reading habits make successful children.
By reading regularly with you and discussing the situation that characters find themselves in, children have an invaluable opportunity to help build empathy skills. For example, if a character in a book is being treated unkindly by a classmate, it gives a ‘safe space’ for relationships and treatment of others to be discussed in a situation where children can be objective and measured, rather than approaching the issue with bias and heightened emotion, as may often be the case when these situations arise in their real lives.
In Rowan class we will have the 'Reading Superstar' system. This involves you and your child sharing a book; they will get a tick for each day they read which will earn them a prize.
3 times (days) a week - your child will earn 1 team point.
4 times (days) a week - your child will earn 2 team points.
5 or more times (days) - your child will earn 3 team points and a prize from the prize box.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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