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Welcome to Picasso Class

Mrs Dunwoody, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Furnish and Mrs Simpson welcome you to our class.

Please see below for the long term plan for the coming year.

Wishing you all a happy 2019!


Wishing you all a warm welcome to the new year!

Home Reading

We want to encourage all of our children to enjoy and engage with books and reading and we ask you to support this process through our Home Reading Scheme. Children have the opportunity to use books from school or home and their progress needs to be recorded in their planners. Reading will be monitored in school throughout the week so it is important for children to have their reading books in school. It would be helpful if you were able to ask questions about what has been read to check comprehension skills (see planners for ideas).



We have P.E. on Mondays and Thursdays. This half term is gymnastics and dance, so an indoor kit is required. Children should have a white T-shirt, black/navy shorts/bottoms and a pair of pumps/trainers (for outdoor). Football kits are not allowed. Please make sure that PE kits are in a bag and all items are clearly named. Just a reminder that our school policy clearly states no jewellery, for safety reasons.



Our topic for this half term is ‘What can we find out about Australia?’ We will be planning learning opportunities that link to Australia in as many areas of the curriculum as possible.



We are studying stories from other cultures and will be looking at the  Aboriginal Creation stories as well as finding out about some habitats in Australia and linking these to persuasive writing.


Geography and History

Whilst studying Australia, we will be looking at atlases and maps to locate Australia and some principle cities, major landmarks and climate. We will be looking into the history of Australia including aborigines and  immigration. We will also be discussing topical issues such as the impact of plastic waste on the environment. 



This half term we will be investigation how to be healthy. Both healthy eating and exercise are areas that we will be looking at more closely and the importance and impact of these on our bodies and minds.



Our focus is ‘Saints  and Heroes' where we will look at significant people that have had positive effects on others.



We will be drawing, painting and printing, with a focus on aboriginal art!



We will be continuing our journey through the Charanga programme of music. 



Pupils will be introduced to basic key classroom phrases, then will learn to introduce themselves and their families.



We will be using the Internet to research different subjects and will be developing skills in coding using Scratch.



Topics will include;

making sure that children are confident in 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 times tables, progressing on to learning 6 and 8 times tables

securing knowledge in place value up to 3 or 4 digits

  • multiplying 2 or 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using partitioning, then moving on to written methods
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division
  • measure, compare, add and subtract lengths
  • measure the perimeter of 2d shapes
  • recognise and use fractions as numbers
  • find fractions of a set of objects
  • count up and down in tenths, recognise that tenths come from dividing an object into ten equal parts
  • recognise and show equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • add and subtract fractions with the same denominator

It would be helpful if you could work with your child on times tables and also telling the time on an analogue clock.



The children are invited to create their own project about Australia. Children can include information, pictures and models to support their project. We will be sending home spellings on Thursdays, tests also on a Thursday. We will also be setting focussed maths homework on a Tuesday, on Abacus Active Learn or a paper based task.


Thank you for your continued support



Mrs. Dunwoody, Miss. Thomas, Miss. Simpson and Mrs. Furnish