Welcome back! I hope you and your children have had a nice, relaxing summer holiday and are looking forward to our year together as Class Violet. I am excited to get our learning underway in what is an important year for the class. Below is an overview of our Term 1 learning and a breakdown of each subject’s content. If there is anything you would like to discuss or any questions you have then please feel free to speak to me or you can arrange an appointment through the office.
Our English will start with a focus on traditional tales and draw upon themes the class will already be familiar with. As a familiar genre, the children will be able to commence their writing with confidence and build upon their existing skills. The first story we will study will be Little Daisy (similar to Little Red Riding Hood and Handa’s Basket) and will reinforce the use of storytelling within the class. Our storytelling approach will allow the children to become active storytellers, using actions for key words and structure. This will include a focus on using story maps, role play and starting to explore the use of plans when writing. The class will have daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons as well as SPaG-focussed English lessons. These sessions allow the children to develop their technical writing skills and will begin with a recap of phonics. As the year progresses, we will explore word classes, different tenses, homophones, commas in a list and investigate a range of punctuation.
We shall start the term by reinforcing the children’s understanding of number value and the number system. This shall include being able to accurately read and record numbers, identify the value of a number (e.g. 24; the 2 is worth 20) and accurately recording methods of calculation. After that the class will begin to look at different units of measurement (weight, length and capacity) and how we use them in our everyday lives. Our daily starters will allow the children to actively practise their mental calculations and extend their knowledge of the required times tables (2,5,10,3). The school is continuing to offer the incentive of a Times Table Bug each time a child has successfully learnt a new group of times tables. Each lesson will include a focus on reasoning questions that test the pupils’ understanding of a concept within a word problem. Alongside this pupils will be encouraged to interact with the classroom environment and use the maths working wall to expand their mathematical vocabulary.
Our Science focus in Term 1 is ‘Everyday Materials’ and will allow Le Violet to explore a range of materials that surround them in everyday life. Materials will be investigated and children will be able to question; Where did it come from? How was it made? Why was it made? When would you use it? The class will be able to examine different objects and discuss the properties that each one has and their suitability for different roles. Within the classroom, our Interactive Science Table will have activities that encourage the class to sort items based on their properties as well as playing our ‘Silly Spinners’ game.
In Term 1, our theme topic will be ‘Where in the world do we live?’. The topic has a geography focus and will allow the children to explore using maps and compasses. We will study what makes our country unique and how it differs (climate, culture etc.) compared to other countries around the world.
We are starting the term with a focus on balance, movement and gymnastics. Lessons will allow children to practise balancing using apparatus, moving around using different movements and different types of jumps. This will combined later in the term so that pupils can create a sequence of planned movements. PE will be on Monday 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.
In RE we are going to focus on Christianity and the meaning of some of its parables. Children will be able to discuss what different stories are trying to teach us and what we can learn from them. This shall include re-enacting stories and having ‘freeze-frames’ to discuss key moments.
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 could return their homework on Monday morning so that we can collectively mark and review the work. Within the classroom we have also got our class ‘Learning Tree’. An adult or child may record any home learning that has taken place onto one of our paper apples (placed inside the homework folders) and proudly display it on our tree. The home learning can range from writing a story at home to regularly reading to their siblings. At the end of each term the apples will be counted and the child with the most apples will receive a small prize!
Reading will happen every day and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Pupils will also be able to individually read with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be really good if they could read regularly at home as well. Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we can change books when necessary and listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. 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?