Welcome to term 3! Below is an overview of your child’s learning and development. Please feel free to speak to me if you have any questions.
Our main mathematical focus this term will be the continued development of number skills and problem solving. We will begin by continuing to consolidate and strengthen the children’s understanding of number and place value with daily practise of counting forwards and backwards to 100. Children will continue to develop their skills in identifying and representing numbers using objects such as Numicon, and will use practical equipment such as number lines and number squares for support. We will then be moving on to measurement; children will work practically to measure length and height, and recognise that both are measurements of distance. Children will then go on to measure and begin to record mass/weight, using non-standard and then standard units. During week 3, children will learn about 2D and 3D shapes. They will handle them, name them and begin to describe them in order to recognise the shapes in different orientations. This term, we will revisit ‘money’ and children will have the opportunity to play in role as a bank cashier/shopkeeper in order to practise giving change and exchange between pennies, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins. Finally, we will be learning about multiplication as repeated addition and division as sharing and grouping (or repeated subtraction). Lots of exciting mathematical topics to cover!
This term during writing sessions, children have started to build their own ‘writer’s toolkits’. They have started studying the features, characters and settings in ‘Traditional Tales’ (The Three Little Pigs). Every day, children practise orally retelling the story with the use of actions. This will support the children with writing simple sentences to create their own recount of the story. Children will continue to have two phonics sessions every day, and will use their growing phonic knowledge to help them sound out words they need to spell.
During Guided Reading children will engage in role-play activities to allow them to take on the role of different characters in a range of settings.
Grammar foci will commence with using connectives and exclamation marks, and we will continue to practise using capital letters and full stops. Speaking and listening skills will be continually developed using drama methods such as freeze-framing, hot seating and utilising the role play area, so that the children build up a bank of vocabulary and their imagination is stimulated with ideas for them to write about.
Everyday Materials – Children have started the term by observing, feeling and describing the properties of materials linked to our class text (The Three Little Pigs) – straw, wood and brick. We then went on to sort and describe the properties of a variety of every day materials. Children will continue to have the opportunity to work on their scientific skills through raising questions, identifying and planning investigations, grouping and sorting, measuring, recording and concluding.
Our class theme this term is ‘Who was… Neil Armstrong’. This theme links with current day events, where children will also have the opportunity to learn about Tim Peake: The UK astronaut set to be the first British person to walk in space. Children will look at the planets; space history timelines; learn about space exploration; the Saturn V rocket and the Apollo 11 mission. The project will promote the school’s values of caring, tolerance, passion, reflection and innovation through helping children to understand that Neil Armstrong was not just an old person who died; but a person who was once young and had big dreams that led to his success.
The focus in PE this term is dance! Children have had a creative start, working with partners to ‘mirror’ each others shapes/balances created with their bodies. We have started with Street Dance and will continue to look at a variety of different dance styles. PE takes place each week on a Tuesday. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings/jewellery should be removed prior to the children arriving at school. Staff are not permitted to remove children’s piercings. Thank you.
Children will continue to study aspects of Christianity this term, with a specific focus on Creation. The children will investigate creation art – using art/junk materials to create their own ‘world’. We will lead on to learn a song using Psalm 8 from the bible (adapted for children), we will dance/mime/use actions to the poem ‘In the beginning’ by Steve Turner and children will have the opportunity to rewrite the creation story in their own words after creating a story map. The aim of this topic is to prompt children to talk about their feelings and experiences and to ask questions about the world.
Every Monday, children will be given a list of 5 spelling words to practise in class upon arriving at school each morning. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday. The words are a mixture of ‘High Frequency Words’, ‘Common Exception Words’ and words incorporating sounds relating to our Phonics.
Maths homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. This homework will enable children to practise skills already taught in class. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning.
A piece of written work will also be set each Friday for completion over the weekend. This work will either re-enforce children’s learning of grammar or it will link to the book that your child is studying.
Children should be reading every day for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. Children should use sounding out to help them decode the words on the page, but it is also important that they continue to think about what would make sense in the context of the sentence and in the story they are reading. It is also helpful for the children to use the pictures as a clue to support their reading. Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This book bag should be brought into school every day.
Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
• Who is/are the main character(s)?
• What are they doing?
• Describe the setting/ where does the story take place?
• Did you think the story had a good ending? Why/Why not?
• 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 (very important for developing vocabulary)! Did they like the story? Why or why not?