Welcome to Les Lions! First of all, thank you for all of your support as we welcome the children back into school. The class have settled into the new routines fantastically and the children have shown brilliant enthusiasm towards their learning.

Below is an overview of the learning and development for this term. If you have any questions, please make an appointment by ringing the office. Wherever possible, we are trying to make these by phone.

Project

Our theme project this term will be ‘My Home’. The class will be invited to ask topic-related questions that will help to form the lessons in the following weeks. There will be the opportunity to develop compass reading skills, map reading challenges and learn more about their local area.

Our science project this term will be ‘Seasonal Change’ and will provide children with the opportunity to explore the school grounds and see how the seasons affect our surroundings. We will investigate weather patterns, the impact the seasons have on the environment and we will explore the school to find signs of the changing seasons. Children will be encouraged to develop their investigational skills and to reflect and analyse data that they gather. Within the classroom, pupils will also have access to an iPad to regularly update our class weather map and be Aycliffe’s very own weather reporters!

Our text-based project will focus on traditional tales. This should be a genre of writing that the children feel familiar with and allow them to feel confident when writing. The class will use interactive storytelling to become familiar with a story’s events and structure. Within a story, we will be focussing on identifying story openers, connectives and different types of words (e.g. nouns, verbs, etc.). As the class becomes more confident telling the story, the children will be able to innovate it and change key parts so they are able to create their own, original version. This will be done throughout the year with the help of story maps, plans and guided reading sessions. There will also be daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) sessions and phonic sessions.

Mathematics

The first term focus will be on improving the children’s understanding of number value, how calculations are recorded and key strategies to help their calculations. Lessons will begin with tasks that encourage children to perform mental calculations in an active way as well as increasing their mathematical vocabulary. Key strategies (e.g. number square use) will help revisit and extend the children’s understanding of addition and subtraction, as well as creating a foundation for multiplication and division. The class will have a chance to apply these skills with questions involving length, weight and money. An extension of these skills will be the daily use of oral reasoning problems at the beginning and/or end of lessons.

PE

In PE the children will be revisiting tennis in order to build on their existing skills, including techniques for hitting the ball and activities aimed at improving balance. As the term progresses the class will combine the skills they have developed to work towards more challenging games. PE will be on Thursday 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.

RE

The class will be studying Christianity this term. We will be looking at a range of parables and the children will be able to explore their meanings. This will include re-enacting stories from the bible and allowing children to discuss what each story is trying to teach us.

Homework

Every Friday, the pupils will be set a Maths and English task on Purple Mash. Pupils will also be able to take home their weekly spellings, which can be kept at home for practising in the future.

Reading

Guided reading will happen daily and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Reading books will go home with 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.

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?

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