I hope you all had a nice relaxing half term break and are ready for the next half ahead!
This half term our topic is
The Potting Shed
This is a cross curricular theme and will be explored through all areas of learning.
Religious Education is central to all that we do and Collective worship and celebration are an essential part of this. Please pray with your children at home and help them learn the school prayers and the Our Father.
The children will be learning about ‘Special Meals’ which is linked to the order of mass and receiving Holy Communion. They will be thinking of special meals they have celebrated and they will learn the importance of receiving Holy Communion during mass. The children will also be starting a new topic shortly about 'Change' which will link to Lent and the preparation before Easter. The children will read biblical stories such as 'Palm Sunday,' 'The Last Supper and the 'Easter Story'.
The children will be doing lots of reading as a class, in a group and individually. This half term they will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction text and answering questions about them. They will write their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk as well as writing their own acrostic poems based on plants. The children will continue to read lots of new words on sight and use their phonic knowledge to sound out new words. They will be encouraged to develop their comprehension skills by retelling / discussing texts they have read, predicting what might happen in a story and begin to make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
The children will continue to construct exciting sentences using adjectives and building up their use of punctuation. They will also be using conjunctions (joining words) to extend their sentences. The children will have opportunities to write creatively based on traditional stories they have read in class using all the skills they have learnt so far (adding adjectives, conjunctions and using punctuation correctly).
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
The children will continue to learn how to use 'and' 'because' 'but' and 'so' to join words and clauses. They will continue to learn how to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. They will add adjectives to make their writing more interesting.
We will be continuing with Phase 5 and the children will continue to apply what they have learnt in Phases 2-4. Phase 5 will be looking at different ways of spelling the same sound (eg. ay in day and ai in snail) as well as different ways of pronouncing the same spelling of sounds (eg. ie in fried and ie in thief). Please keep practising the sounds that are sent home.
Spelling books will be handed out every Monday and should be returned on the Friday for the spelling quiz. Please practise the sounds listed in your child’s spelling book.
In maths, the children will continue to add and take away numbers. They will be encouraged to show their workings and explain their methods and how they can represent their working out in different ways. They will also be challenged to solve more abstract problems involving addition and subtraction.
In Science the children will become plant detectives and go on a plant hunt around our school. They will identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. They will also be identifying and describing the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees.
In Art the children will be drawing from observation. They will be focussing on the shapes and details of flowers and plants that they see around them. The children will be using a variety of media to create their observational drawings. They will use chalk, charcoal, oil pastel and paint. They will also be learning how to blend colours to create a real life effect to their drawings.
In computing the children will learn how to log on and off the computer. They will learn how to change the font and size of text and how to save and retrieve their work for later use. The children will also insert text boxes and pictures to a document.
In PE the children will be learning different dances and will focus on a variety of movements. They will link gestures and a sequence of movements to portray the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children will also link a number of steps and movements to a beat.
The children will have a morning music session every Wednesday with Mrs Hoskins. They will learn how to use their voices creatively and expressively by singing a variety of topic related songs and they will have opportunities to play instruments musically.
This half term in PSHE we will be covering the following talk topics: Getting On and Falling Out, Keeping Safe and Well, Differences and Our Garden, as well as other topics chosen by the class. Talk is very important so please discuss these topics with your children at home.
If you have any queries or questions, please do come in and make an appointment to see me after school.