Mulberry Tree Class
Welcome to Mulberry Tree Class!
My name is Miss Houghton, I work with Mrs Pilcher to teach Reception and Year 1 pupils. Each half term is dedicated to a new and exciting topic, based on children’s ideas and interests.
Old Macdonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o! Do cows drink milk? What are baby pigs called? It’s time to find out more about life on the farm and the animals that live there.
This half term, we’ll be visiting a local farm to take in the sights, sounds and smells. We’ll observe the different farm animals, crops and vehicles, and maybe even take a ride on a tractor! Back in the classroom, we’ll monitor beans as they grow, noting how they change. In our literacy lessons, we’ll make predictions about stories and try out some farmyard rhymes. We’ll create songs about the farm to sing as we shake our homemade seed shakers in time. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll use an animal ‘baa chart’ to estimate the number of popular farmyard animals, and we’ll use addition and subtraction to help Little Bo Beep count her sheep. Outside once more, we’ll take it in turns to be sheepdogs, sheep and farmers. Can we herd all of our sheep into the pen? Getting creative, we’ll use coloured play dough and clay to create farmyard scenarios, and ‘paint’ farm animals using graphics software. Then, we’ll design and make delicious flavoured breads to sell in our very own farm shop!
Help your child prepare for their project
Farms are fantastic! Why not explore your kitchen cupboards together and talk about where different foods come from? Do you have any local farm produce? You could also visit a local farm or petting zoo and take pictures of each animal to share with the class. Alternatively, take toy tractors, spades and trowels outside to dig together in the mud. Add water to the soil for extra muddiness – don’t forget your wellies!
Have a look below at the curriculum plan and overview for a more detailed snapshot of what we will be learning.
PE will be taught on a Monday afternoon. It is led by Prestige Sports.
Children will need to arrive at school wearing their PE kits. Please ensure children have trainers and a full school PE kit. They will need joggers and PE sweatshirts to wear outside. Please ensure long hair is tied back on PE days and that earrings are removed.
Our school, through the Healthy Schools Agenda, is a Forest School.
The Forest School approach is a Scandinavian initiative which has been adopted by most of the other schools in the Colne Valley Consortium with guidance from Simon Perry from Dawes Hall Centre. In simple terms it involves young children visiting secure and safe woodland as an ‘outdoor classroom’ on a regular basis throughout the year.
We visit the forest every other Monday morning. You will be provided with a list of dates at the start of every half term. Terry, our Forest School leader from Dawes Hall, will lead the session helped by myself and Mrs Pilcher.
Each session will be between 9.15 to 11.45am. It is essential that your child brings their own wellies and that they have the appropriate clothing such as their school jumper and a warm coat, we will provide yellow waterproofs for each Reception child and expect Year 1 pupils to provide their own waterproof outfits.
Forest School sessions will be: