I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Easter and are looking forward to another exciting half term ahead!
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 Holidays and Holydays. The children will discuss what a holiday is and what makes a holiday a happy time. They will learn about all the different holy days that we celebrate and will read and retell biblical stories linked to Pentecost and Ascension.
This half term our topic is
'Our Local Area'
This is a cross curricular theme and will be explored through all areas of learning.
As readers, 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 non-fiction texts and answering questions about them. 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.
As writers, the children will be continuing to do lots of work on using interesting vocabulary (adjectives) and also adding conjunctions into our work to join two sentences or phrases together.
The children will be doing work around non-fiction texts relating to Our Local Area. They will create their own information page about Crouch End and will write captions about the buildings they see.
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.
As mathematicians, the children will learn that repeated addition is a strategy of multiplication and that sharing is a strategy of division. They will use the multiplication and division signs in their number sentences and show their working out when working out multiplication and division sums. The children will also be looking at fractions where they will be finding halves and quarters of numbers and shapes. They will also be consolidating what they have previously learnt about different positions, directions and movements and using the vocabulary related to them (left, right, forwards, backwards, half turn, quarter turn, whole turn etc).
As geographers, the children will be learning about their Local Area. We will take numerous walks through Crouch End where the children will observe their local area and look at the routes they take to get to school each day and home again. The children will also learn about the significance of their addresses. They will also learn the differences between human and physical features and identify some around the local area.
As artists, the children will be drawing iconic London buildings and houses from observation around our school. They will also be investigating the materials used for buildings in our local area. They will take rubbings from different surfaces around the playground and use them to create a collage in pairs of a building.
As computer experts, we will be looking at different forms of information. We will be thinking about how information can be represented in different ways by sorting into categories such as text, symbols, pictures and sound. The children will also insert images from clip art and add text boxes to a blank Word document.
A gymnasts, the children will be learning how to roll on various parts of their body and using the skills they have learnt to complete a forward roll successfully. The children will also link a sequence of movements and perform them on different apparatus.
Physical, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
This half term in PSHE we will be covering the following talk topics: Good to be me and Loss. The children will also discuss topics chosen as a class. Talk is very important so please discuss these topics with your children at home. Each week the talk topic will be displayed on our classroom door.
The children will have music every week 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.
We look forward to an exciting year ahead. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment after school to see me if you have any queries.