Welcome to Term Five! I have enjoyed getting to know your children as we’ve returned after the Easter break and I am looking forward to the next couple of terms of exciting learning with them. Below is an overview of the learning we will be exploring this upcoming term. If you have any questions then please feel free to come and speak to me at the end of the school day or pop in to the office to organise an appointment at a convenient time.
English The children are going to begin the term by writing adventure stories that link to our class texts which feature a young girl called Katie who has adventures in a variety of famous paintings in the National Gallery in London. This links in to our main topic theme of ‘What kind if artist are you?’ We are focussing on sentence structure and basic punctuation, as well as on handwriting and accurate letter formation. We will then be moving on to use the text ‘Bob – the man on the moon’ as our focus for the final weeks of this term. A big focus for Class Two is ensuring that all children are confident in their use of phonics for reading and writing. In June all children nationally are screened in school to check their phonic skills. This is nothing for them to worry about, in fact they won’t even really be aware that they have been screened as it happens in school with an adult with whom they are familiar. We are preparing the children for this by having regular phonics focus sessions throughout the day as well as encouraging children to be using phonics to spot patterns when they are blending for reading and to hear sounds when they are sounding out for spelling. Through the weekly spelling sheets that come home you will have already seen that we also have a focus on the accurate spelling of Year One words that are common words that don’t ‘obey’ the rules the children have learned in phonics! Thank you to everyone for the work that you are putting in at home to hear your child read regularly, we appreciate that life is busy so we’re grateful for the time that you’re able to give to this. This is so important in helping them to become more fluent readers but also to build stamina for reading for longer periods and to enjoy reading. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
Who is (are) the main character(s)?
What is the main idea?
What is the problem?
How was it solved?
Describe the setting using evidence from the text. Where does the story take place? Did you think the story had a good ending? If not, how could you have changed the ending? Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning? Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same. Did they like the story? Why or why not?
The first topics within maths will be place value, addition and subtraction. Pupils will reinforce their existing knowledge and practise their skills in different contexts. Something that you could do at home to support your child in their maths learning is to reinforce with them the way in which we write numbers when they are working on their maths homework. Several children are still reversing a few numbers, this is not uncommon at this age but the children need to practise the right formation so that they can communicate their ideas clearly in mathematics. Within the term we will be continuing our work on counting to and from 100 in jumps of 1, 2 and 10. When the children are more confident with these we will move on to counting on and back in jumps of 5.
This term we will be looking at our Plants unit. The children will be learning about the different parts of a plant and comparing the different leaves, stems and flowers that different plants produce. We will be exploring our lovely school grounds and looking closely at the different plants and trees that grow there. We plan to grow broad bean plants as well as cress and potatoes as part of this topic. Our interactive science table is proving popular as children explore different bark samples, seeds, leaves and a cross-section of a tree trunk with magnifying glasses.
Our theme topic this term is ‘What kind of artist are you?’. We are exploring some key artists with differing styles. From this, the class will be create their own work in the style of different artists. There will also be a focus on the different techniques that can be used when creating art. This will include sketching, the use of collage, rubbing and painting and other media. Children will be able to practise each technique and discuss why/when they would choose to use them.
Athletics is our PE focus this term. We are practising some of the skills that we will need for sports day including running, practising relay races and other movement and balance skills. PE is on Friday afternoon each week. Please can you make sure your children have their kits (polo shirts, jumper, shorts, jogging bottoms and plimsolls) and that earrings are removed for PE sessions.
The class will learn about Judaism. Children will reflect on the beliefs of the religion and its teachings. We will be looking at celebrations and how these link to the children’s own experiences of celebrations.
Every Friday Maths and English homework will be given out to the children. The homework will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to reinforce their learning or introducing them to an upcoming topic. There will also be a selection of spellings, which the children have practised during the week, which can be used as a short spelling test. We ask that the children return their homework on Monday morning so that we can mark and review the work.