Welcome back to another busy term! We are looking forward to the Spring term, starting with Geography and Art, followed by History and DT after February half term.
This week (12th March) we have started a reading buddies system during ERIC time to increase the confidence and reading abilities of the children.
Children have been put into groups of 2 or 3. They are taking on either the 'teacher' or 'reader' role and swap daily, hearing each other read.
As mathematicians, children will continue to build on learning from the Autumn term. We will continue to count in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100 and beyond for some children. Children will continue recognising place value beyond 20. They will practise adding and subtracting two numbers together using new written methods, whilst continuing to practise reciting number bonds and doubles to 10 and 20. They will continue to build on their geometry knowledge. The children will investigate how to measure length, mass and capacity. We will also reinforce knowledge of time. Finally, we will continue to build on application of maths skills taught and continue to promote independence and confidence whilst dealing with trickier questions.
This term in English, we will continue to focus on: sentence construction, phonics, handwriting and building up writing stamina linked to a variety of text types and topics. Children will be encouraged to use conjunctions, sentence openers and adjectives to improve their writing with symbols, colourful semantics and word banks. Children will be kicking off the New Year writing a recount of their Christmas holiday. Our class text will be ‘Whatever Next’, which will help teach the features of fiction and non-fiction recounts. Moving onto ‘Stories from other Cultures’ using ‘Anansi the spider’. Towards the end of the Spring term we will be looking at different books by the same author (Allan Allberg), finishing off the term learning about ‘deadly animals’ turning our information into non-chronological reports. Children will receive daily phonics sessions based on their reading and spelling ability. Children will be split into ability groups for phonics every day for 20 minutes 10.10-10.30. We also have a focused reading skills lesson, which will help improve with their comprehension. This will include: phonics, inference and deduction skills and written responses.
As scientists, children will be learning about plants and how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. Children will also learn about what a plant needs to stay healthy. This will involve a range of different investigations. In RE, children will be learning about people’s beliefs about God. As artists, children will be looking at clay owls and will be making their own clay owl. They will be using tools to create different effects and will paint their owl, experimenting with tone. As designers, the children will be designing and making a wheeled vehicle. As musicians, the children will be learning to accompany their songs with simple percussion instruments. In Computing the children will be learning how to collect, interpret and input data. This term children will continue to access PE through their mainstream year group.
Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and year group.
Year 2: Wednesday
Year 3: Monday
Year 4: Monday
Year 5: Tuesday and Friday
Year 6: Wednesday and Friday
We look forward to another busy half term, full of learning and lots of progress! As ever, if you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year please do not hesitate to speak to one of us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Miss Read, Miss Garrington, Mrs Lloyd & Mrs Cottee
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Class 7 celebrated ‘Chinese New Year’ by learning about the traditions celebrated in China.
Children made a Chinese drum using Chinese writing and features the ‘Year of the Dog’
Finally we shared fortune cookies with each other and learnt about their significance.
Carol Concert for Parents