What’s happening in class? Spring 2020
During the autumn term in Nursery our topics are ‘Rules and Routines’ and ‘Colours, Light and Dark’.
In the first half term, we will be focussing on helping the children to settle into the class. We will be learning the routines and boundaries, such as how we sit on the carpet and lining up. We will also be practising skills such as getting dressed and using the toilets independently.
After half term we will move onto ‘Colours, Light and Dark’. We will cover celebrations such as Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas. The children usually enjoy watching videos of fireworks and talking about all the different lights they have seen around town. We will also talk about the sun, moon and stars.
First half term:
During the first half term we will focus on settling the children into the new class and the routines. We understand this may be difficult and tiring as the children may not be used to full days in school so we will gradually build up the time spent in school over the first week. We will focus on the expectations of the classroom and help the children to understand what is acceptable and what is not.
Once settled we will begin looking at the sounds the different letters make in phonics. From here we can build the children’s confidence with blending; putting the sounds together to read new and unfamiliar words. We will also focus on the initial sounds of words which is the foundation to segmenting to spell words in the future. We will also look at writing and will start using lower case letters when we are practicing.
In maths we will focus on counting and recognising simple shapes. We will play lots of games and sing plenty of songs to get the children really enjoying the work they are doing. Once they are confident with reciting the numbers in the correct order we will begin to look at 1:1 correspondence which is counting along a line of objects, saying one number for each of them.
Finally, in the afternoons we will focus on ourselves, our families and people who can help us. We may ask for baby photos so we can talk about how we have grown up. When looking at people who help us we will look at how the children can stay safe in town and what they can do if they become lost or are in a scary situation.
Second half term:
During the second half term we are going to continue introducing new sounds in phonics and practice our blending and segmenting to spell. In maths we shall continue looking at numbers and shapes but will also start to look at one more and one less, the foundations to addition and subtraction.
Our topic will change to seasons and the weather. Here we will look at the four seasons and what happens to the world around us as these change. We will also start to look at extreme weather, such as tornados or tsunamis, and will hopefully learn some fun new information from the year 6 children. At the end of the term we will also be celebrating Christmas! But don’t get too excited just yet…
Here are a few links that you may find useful:
In literacy we are reading stories with repeating patterns that we can all join in with. We will be learning to blend sounds in more difficult words and how to put words together to make sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. In reading we will be working hard to understand the meaning of what we read. In maths we will be learning about numbers and what the different digits in a number mean. We will also work on some addition and subtraction calculations.
Our creative curriculum topic is called pattern and patchwork. We will be learning about patterns in art and materials in science. In RE we are learning about what God means to Christians. In computing we are learning to write a simple program to make a toy move around.
If you would like to have fun helping your child with their learning, have a look at the games on these websites;
Here are some great free literacy games. Try Deep Sea Phonics, Alien Punctuation and Kun Fu Sentences.
Here are some great numeracy games. Try Number Pyramid, Camel Times Tables and Forest Ordering.
There are loads of great educational literacy and numeracy games at https://www.ictgames.com/
In literacy this term, we will be focussing on writing different forms of sentences. The children will be learning to use commands, questions, exclamations and statements in their writing through the correct use of punctuation. By the end of this term, they will have written their own fairy tale and instructions. We will also be refreshing phase 5 in phonics, including adding suffixes and prefixes onto words. In comprehension, the children will be learning to retrieve information from a short text by answering questions after reading it. In year 2, the children will be encouraged to use the common exception words in their writing. If you would like to help your child with spelling these words here is a helpful game –https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html.
In numeracy we will cover a variety of topics between now and the end of the autumn term. The children will refresh their understanding of place value with a particular focus on the ones and tens. However, addition and subtraction will be our main focus this term by learning to add and subtract two two-digit numbers using a number line and dienes blocks. This understanding of addition and subtraction will lead the children into learning to recognise money and help solve money problems. If you would like to help your child with answering different number sentences here is a useful website – https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-2.
Creative Curriculum – In our Creative Curriculum lessons, we will be learning about the patchworks and making our own patchworks this half term and about habitats and different seasons next half term.
In Literacy, the children will become more familiar with traditional fables, newspaper reports, poetry and plays before having the opportunity to showcase their own skills by writing their own. You could have a future journalist or poet in your family without even realising it!
Our focus in Numeracy will begin by building on their current place value knowledge, before developing their confidence and expanding their knowledge of shape, fractions, addition and subtraction, time, statistics and measures. Mental arithmetic will be a strong focus throughout the year and all children are encouraged to practise their times tables at home as often as they can.
This half term, Year 3 will be venturing into Space! Our Solar System will be explored and they will be using their imagination to launch a ‘rocket’ and find out what needs to be present for life to actually exist outside of planet earth. It promises to be an adventure full of surprises!
In numeracy this term we will be looking to build on recall and build on the learning children did before the summer break. Children will build on and progress their understanding of the number system, recognise place value and be able to round and partition numbers accurately and correctly. They will also build on their knowledge of number bonds up to 100 and recall of their times tables. We will move on to mental strategies and written methods for addition and subtraction and also measurement; more specifically weight and time. The children will collect and interpret data and look at the different types of angles and their properties.
By the end of year 4, it is expected that children know their multiplication and division tables up to 12 x 12 so please support your child where you can with learning these. There are some useful websites below to help with this
In Literacy this term, we will again be recalling and building on the children’s learning from last year and discussing and writing about events and activities they have taken part in over the summer break. We will look to consolidate and progress the use of correct punctuation when writing sentences whilst developing grammar, spelling and handwriting throughout the year.
We will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and writing our own set of instructions as well as developing use of vocabulary through writing our own story descriptions for settings and characters focussing on the use of specific nouns, adjectives and expanded noun phrases. The class will be introduced to new types of poetry including Haiku’s and Tanka and then move on to writing formal letters and playscripts.
Our topics in year 4 this term Space and A Grand Day Out. Whilst learning about Space, we will be find out more about the solar system, different planet types and what they are made up of. We will also investigate space travel by designing and creating our own rockets. We will be using magnets and investigating materials and properties that are magnetic and non-magnetic and classifying solids, liquids and gases. Children will also have an opportunity to create a series circuit, research the way that astronauts keep fit in space and understand the different stages of the water cycle. During ‘A Grand Day Out,’ the children will discuss their ideas of what makes a great day out and discuss the places they have visited before. The children will also plan a party and learn about and plan some more traditional days out including the theatre, cinema, a trip to the zoo, a picnic and sporting events.
In literacy children will explore classic fiction by reading excerpts from ‘The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling’ (illustrated by Robert Ingpen), and ‘A Collection of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories’. They will be challenged to use conjunctions and outrageous vocabulary to write exaggerated and comical Just So Stories diary entries. The unit ends with children performing their own Just So Story in Kipling’s style. Useful Websites:
In numeracy children will focus on strengthening their writing and understanding of 5 and 6 digit numbers. They will:
This term, year 5 Creative Curriculum topic is FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD, and covers the following:
Design and Technology Children will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables individuals to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life.
They will learn about different types of bread and the cultures and/or regions from which it originates, and will consider some different ways it may be used in meals. Following this, children will make bread, adapting and changing their recipes either according to given instructions or according to their own ideas.
Art and Design Children will continue to develop their techniques, including their control and use of pencils, charcoal and paint. They will study a variety of different still-life paintings based on food, looking at how specific artists use the objects and colours they are portraying. They will then have the chance to apply colour and tone to some real still life art.
Science Properties and changes of materials Children will explore reversible changes, including evaporating, filtering, sieving, melting and dissolving and the reasons some changes are difficult to reverse. They will find out find out about how Spencer Silver, a chemist, invented the glue for sticky notes before making Viking glue, and devising a fair test to compare the strengths of a variety of adhesives. Animals including humans Children will learn to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function and learn to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans. They will also learn how to keep their bodies healthy and how their bodies might be damaged – including how some drugs and other substances can be harmful to the human body.
In literacy this term we will be focussing on inference skills – how to imply meaning through writing and how to interpret this through reading. We will also be refreshing all of our grammar, including definitions of all parts of a sentence and the use of verbs in different tenses and with various declinations.
In numeracy we will focus mostly on numerical accuracy when following through questions which require several steps. We will become efficient manipulating numbers into millions and using them in context correctly. There will also be time to revisit some of the practical skills such as measuring using scales, jugs, tape measures and trundle wheels.
There will, of course, also be a focus on SATS questions throughout the whole year for both of these subjects in order to prepare our pupils to show their best capability during the national test week. We will work with them to increase their confidencce in handling the questions and the time pressures involved in this to try and support them as much as possible.
Our creative curriculum topics are
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