Princesses And Knights

Wonderful Whales Class

Our autumn term 1 topic is…

 Princesses and Knights


A very warm welcome to Wonderful whales class… Mrs James and Mrs Shaw are here for everyone; please don’t hestitate to ask us for any support or guidance.

Our topic for the next 6 weeks is Princesses and Knights; this topic was chosen by the children during transition week… they had some amazing ideas on what they wanted learn about.

During this topic we will be looking closely at the lives of princesses and knights. In Art and DT we will be creating resources to support our learning in the ‘castle’ role-play area, plus creating our own fairy-tale worlds. In science, we will be investigating a wide range of materials; discussing their properties and they uses. PE will be taught every Wednesday and Thursday: please keep PE kits in school until the end of this half term. During PE, we will be learning how to follow actions and create movements with good control… these will be based around the characters from our topic… kings, knights, dragons, princesses etc.

Homework: Homework will be provided every week. This will include spellings, reading and other curricular work to support the week’s learning. We expect each child to read at least 3 times a week and they will be rewarded every Friday. In addition, each child will receive a homework project. For example, this term the children will be creating a dragon using junk material and a puppet of a princess or knight. They will even be designing (or making) a feast fit for a king!!!


This term in Maths the children will be learning about place value and the number system. We will be learning to read, write and order numbers up to 100, forming all digits correctly. We will also be learning to say which number is one more/less than a given number. The children will be learning to do calculations – adding and subtracting.  In addition, we will also be learning to measure the lengths of objects, including Rapunzel’s hair!!!


Through Literacy this term the children will be looking at a variety of texts; fiction and non-fiction. All of the books we look at will have a common theme of princesses and knights, including dragon poems, Mike the Knight stories, The Princess and the Pea, plus the story of Rapunzel.  We will be learning to read key words in these texts and read short sentences. We will be looking at a range of poems, discussing their features and then writing dragon poems plus, creating acrostic poems for Rapunzel. The children will also be learning to write stories about the text we have read (‘Big Write’). We will be paying particular attention to how letters are correctly formed using our new pre-cursive scrip. The children will learn how to spell high frequency words and how to use punctuation in sentences. Wow, we will be learning lots!!!


Please support their learning in any way you can at home… the more they practise, the more they can consolidate their knowledge and understanding.  We will be happy to supply any additional resources to support your child’s needs.