Hello and welcome to Banksy Class. I am the new teacher Mr Brabin and I am very much looking forward to becoming a part of Blewbury School.

This term our topic will be focused around the world’s forests. Throughout this unit, Banksy class will addressing key issues linked to climate change. We will be thinking about our role in ‘taking a stand’ and making a difference in terms of future-proofing our planet with a specific focus on forests/rainforests and the impact of deforestation. The children will look at Daintree Rainforest in Queensland Australia as a main focus point and consider the impact of tourism and the demand for resources. How do these things affect the eco-system? What are the wider consequences for our planet? Children will write two pieces of non-narrative work before the Christmas holidays - a persuasive letter to the government on the impact of tourism/deforestation AND a non-chronological report (information text) on Daintree Rainforest.

Over the unit, children will also be looking at the more ‘fantastical’ side of forests. Forests have traditionally inspired writers providing interesting narrative settings rich with mystique and folklore. Children will be reading short stories (e.g. book: Spirit of the Forest) and also looking at traditional tales (Brothers Grimm) set in woodland environments. The class novel ‘Shadow Forest’ by Matt Haig will also play a big part in Guided Reading and feature as an inspiration for our narrative writing: a description of a forest setting and a piece of poetry focused around a magical forest.

In Maths we will be focusing on number patterns, sequences, fractions and decimals, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also be making sure that our formal methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are solid.

Finally, please do take a look at the PowerPoint with class information, our class contract (the children’s agreement to attitude and behaviour while in school), the weekly timetable and most importantly, the curriculum overview. (This will give you a list of skills that children will be learning in the various different subjects between now and the Christmas holidays).

Right, let’s have a cracking term,

Mr Brabin