Teaching Assistant: Mrs Lethbridge
Welcome to Bodmin class - Autumn term 2019
The Autumn term in Bodmin class is packed full of amazing enrichment activities and exciting opportunities for learning. Within mathematics we will be exploring number and place value as well as the four operations. These key mathematical skills underpin everything we do in this subject; it is of vital importance that children are exposed to this early in the academic year to ensure a smooth transition into the other topics covered. By providing a strong foundation in number and place value, we are giving children the opportunity to master procedural fluency and develop a deep conceptual understanding of each mathematical topic. As always, we will look to build on prior knowledge and extend the children's understanding by providing opportunities for reasoning and problem solving.
Our English lessons will provide an opportunity to explore both non-fiction and fictional texts. Within the first half of term we will be looking at the phenomenal Shackleton’s Journey – an epic tale into the legendary ship Endurance and the perilous adventure that Ernest Shackleton went on. Furthermore, we will be exploring a selection of fiction pieces that will spark creativity and encourage increased writing stamina.
History will be the key focus for the first half term; children will be exploring some of the challenges that the modern world face. Specifically, we will be looking into the United Arab Emirates and how this financial powerhouse has risen to economic royalty in the last century. In comparison, children will also be investigating Anglo-Saxon Britain. What challenges did these post-Roman invaders face as they settled into Britain?
The wider curriculum is of upmost importance to Boasley Cross and so we will be taking part in bespoke drama classes with Harriet Davies (Okehampton College), in preparation for the school’s Christmas performance.
Finally, Bodmin class will be investigating the work of artists Henri Matisse and Andre Derain – these famous artists developed their own unique style between 1900 and 1905. We call this style Fauvism and we will explore the techniques used by these artists in our art sessions.