Wolves Class Letter, Term 4
Dear Parents/Carers, February 2020
It’s hard to believe that that it’s the spring term already. We hope you had a restful half term break and are ready for what promises to be a busy term. In Wolves class, we continue to learn about the Ancient Maya, a topic that the children have thoroughly enjoyed. In Reading lessons we will be focusing on non-fiction texts with children retrieving, recording and interpreting information from different sources. Last term, the children had a great time exploring various Mayan myths and legends, making connections between them and planning a version of their own. We start the term, drafting and then editing these before sending our final versions to the author, Ian Johnstone, who kindly visited us at the end of last term.
As a school, we shall be celebrating World Book Day by studying a work by the author Nicola Davies. Wolves class are going to be reading ‘Selkie’s Mate’, based on the Scottish and Norse legends of selkies; seals who transform themselves into women, entrusting their seal skins to mankind until such time that they wish to return to the seas. This particular text offers an alternative example of a myth to those studied in connection with the Mayans whilst allowing the children to explore further the themes that extend across the genre of myths and legends.
The text also serves as a platform for the children to explore ekphrastic poetry; a form of poetry inspired by works of art. Children will be given the opportunity to read a variety of ekphrastic poems (alongside the works of art that inspired them) before having a go at this form of poetry themselves. Paintings that depict the lives of selkies will act as inspiration for the children and the final drafts will be submitted to a poetry competition.
Our World Book Day celebrations take place on Friday 6th March (note this is a day later than the advertised World Book Day events you may see on WBD tokens and on their website). Children are invited to dress up as a character that they would like to share a story with and asked to donate £1 to our library fundraising for doing so.
As if the term wasn’t already busy enough, we also have the PGL trip to Weymouth to look forward to during the week of March 9th and I look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you at parents’ evenings which take place towards the end of March.
In Maths we continue to explore fractions before moving on to decimals and percentages. In Science we shall be finding out about the life cycles of plants and animals. Our value for the term is responsibility, which fits in perfectly with our residential trip, where children will be taking responsibility for their behaviour.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or queries.
With kind regards,
Mrs M Sucksmith