Over the next 15 weeks those of us in Classes 1 and 2 will be following a unit of work on a theme that focuses on ‘The Senses’.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum
sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around speciﬁc targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on Art, Music, Science, Technology and International.
In Art, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About different artists and how their work appeals to our senses
• How colour, pattern and shape can be used to appeal to the senses
• How we can create our own art to show what we have learnt about the senses
In Music, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• How we can create and remember a sequence of sounds
• How composers have used music to represent characters and places
• How we can create our own music to represent a character and a place
In Science, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• About our senses and how we use them
• Finding out what happens when we are deprived of our senses
• How sound travels and how our senses of taste and smell are connected
• About the sensory qualities of different materials
In Technology, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• How to make a fruit salad by exploring taste, colour and texture
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
• How we experience and remember places through our sense of smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight
In Literacy the main areas of learning will be :
- How to use punctuation in a sentence
- How to make a sensory description
- How to read and discuss their understanding of what they have read.
In Numeracy the focus will be on:
- The value of a two digit number
- How to read and write numbers to 100
- How to recite the 2 times table (Year 1)
- How to recite the 2, 5 and 10 times tables (Year 2)
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you if you can.
If your child has some work to research, please help them – but without actually doing the work. If you have the change to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it – but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Alexander, Mrs Elliott, Mrs Khan, Mr Gaines, Mrs Iceton