Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have all had a fantastic and restful summer holiday. Welcome back to Paces and the introduction of our brand-new Chatsworth Class! We are very excited about having the opportunity to channel our creativity over the coming weeks and make this new space our own.
As our class is a combination of last year’s Hardwick and Windsor classes, we will spend much of this term getting to know each other and building effective relationships. You may recognise a few members of the Chatsworth team from previous years, but there will be some new faces too! On the attached page, you can find more information about the people that will be working with your child this academic year.
Our overarching topic for this term is about Africa. We will be exploring this topic through a range of multisensory methods to promote curiosity and engagement such as sensory stories, tuff tray exploration and lots of music. We have introduced the topic using a story called ‘The Animal Boogie’, and we have really enjoyed learning about some of the different animals that come from Africa including monkeys, snakes and elephants. Our learning within the Humanities will also link to Africa, as we begin to look at the landscape, weather and culture of various countries within the continent.
Our Maths sessions will focus on key mathematical concepts such as number recognition and amounts, linking activities to the topic wherever possible. In Phonics, we will continue to develop our early literacy skills through learning to recognise different sounds, body percussion activities and exploring initial letters in exciting multisensory ways.
New termly targets will be with you shortly. Of course, if you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We know that some pupils can find the return to school challenging after the long break but we will do our very best to help them feel as settled and happy as possible.
The Chatsworth Team