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Welcome to Early Years

For the first half of the spring term we will be focusing on a topic titled What will we build?

The initial stimulus for this topic is the book titled What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers. This book takes the viewpoint of a father and daughter who set about laying down the foundations for their future life together, using tools to get to work building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm.

​As a class we will be exploring the ideas developed in this book by doing lots of building ourselves. We will be using a range of building materials to build houses, dens and models of every kind, designing and adapting our ideas, using our writing and maths skills to help us label our work and take measurements of the materials we use. We will be building on a large and small scale, inside and out, using the local building site to help us consider the job that builders do, the tools that they use and vehicles that they drive.

Throughout our topic we will also learn about different types of buildings, particularly types of house that we live in. We will use other familiar stories to develop the topic including The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the bridge that they cross.

This term we will also be celebrating Chinese New Year which this year is celebrated on the 12th February. We will be considering how people around the world celebrate Chinese New Year, sharing traditional stories such as the Chinese New Year Animal Race and creating a range of beautiful art work such as Lanterns, dragon puppets and ordinal number rosettes.

Please find attached the planning for remote learning and the resources that you will need each week.

Please also look on Class Dojos for some video files that are too large to upload on the website (maths lesson 2 powerpoint and a literacy video for lesson 2)