I would like to wish children and parents a massive thank you for the amazing cards and gifts you gave to us on Friday. The book of portraits of the children was such a beautiful idea and I was very moved by your thoughtfulness. It will be greatly treasured. The pen and notebook were also extremely special and will take pride of place in my office at Crossley Street, and be very much used! The vouchers were just wonderful - my husband has never been to a pantomime so we have booked to see Berwick Kaler's at York Theatre Royal, which is most definitely the best! What a kind thought.
It's been an incredible two years with your lovely children and I couldn't have wished for a more supportive and trusting group of parents. You are all wonderful, kind people and this shows in the way the children treat each other. I will be keeping Mrs Hughes and Mrs Meek informed of my goings on, don't worry, and this really is just au revoir! Have a fantastic Summer holiday.
Love Mrs Laverty x
ps: All photographs have now been uploaded to this page but hurry, they might be removed soon! Spread the word!
Welcome to Year One
A very, very warm welcome to Key Stage One! I hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Thursday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!
The Year One staff team consists of Mrs Laverty, the class teacher, Mrs Horner, Mrs Naylor and Mrs Shaw. Mrs Horner will support on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, as well as teaching the class on Wednesday afternoons during Mrs Laverty's planning time. Mrs Naylor will support Thursday and Friday mornings and Mrs Shaw will support for 3 afternoons.
Our PE days this half-term will be Wednesday (outdoor) and Friday (indoor). Please come to school in PE uniform on these days, with long hair tied back and plasters over pierced ears.
Book changing days this half-term will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, if the reading record has been signed.
Show and Tell day this half-term will be Monday.
7.7.17 - Year 1 Parents' Picnic at 1.30pm - You will be invited to join us for a picnic in 'The Great Outdoors' - more will be revealed shortly!
10.7.17 - Transition Week
21.7.17 - Final Assembly 2pm - Parents Invited. Break up for Summer
Week 4 Summer 2 News
Once again I must apologise for the lack of updates during this very busy term! We began by studying our PSHE topic, where we learnt about where money comes from, how we can make choices about saving it or spending it, and we considered the jobs we would like to do in later life. Our focus story, 'Charlotte's Piggy Bank' by David McKee, supported this. We continued our Judaism topic in RE by learning about the parts of the synagogue and looking at Jewish lifestyle, e.g. Shabbat, which begins on a Friday and ends on a Saturday and is the time when the family have a big meal with candles, wine and challah bread. Our topic was beautifully finished off in our visit to the Jewish Heritage Centre, which really brought our work to life. We have been reading the bible stories from the Old Testament, featuring Abraham who is regarded as the first ever Jew. In Design and Technology we are still working on our fabric gardens. We have used different methods of sticking the pieces on and we are now sewing around the edges using a running stitch. We will also be trying blanket stitch! We began our topic on the local area in Geography and looked for places of interest in Collingham using a street map or google maps on the iPad, identifying the street names. The children found this quite tricky so do have a look at google maps together if you get chance to identify street names around you! In Computing, we researched different greeting cards and we have begun to create our own card on the computer. We practised our keyboard and typing skills by creating the inside of our cards.
In English, I was very impressed with the Phonics Screening Check and the children have obviously been learning their long vowel sounds from set 2 and 3 of RWI. Do keep practising these, and your Superhero Spellings and High Frequency Words, but we have also been looking at suffixes such as 'er' (bigger) and 'est' (biggest) as well as the sounds 'tion'. In maths we have been consolidating our number work by adding and subtracting and finding quick ways of doing this. We have linked these to word problems which the children often find quite tricky!
Next week we will be looking at capacity before moving onto halves and quarters of numbers. We will continue with our Science and search for different types of tree, as well as our Geography topic to improve our local area knowledge In English we will look at the sound 'tious' and 'cious'.
Parent Notice: Don't forget - it is our Year 1 Family picnic next Friday afternoon at 1.30pm! Letter to follow!
Week 4 Summer 1 News
Where has all the time gone?! I apologise profusely for the lack of website updates this half-term so far - as assessment week approaches (w/b 22.5.17) we have been working at an extremely speedy pace! We began the half-term with our wonderful visit to Tropical World, which was also a great launch to our 'The Great Outdoors' topic as the children learnt lots about the different types of trees in Roundhay Park. In Science we began by looking at the different garden plants that were growing in Collingham School, and then we had a think about which plants we would like to see in our school to regenerate our outside area. We learnt lots of different names such as bluebells, poppies, pansies, cow parsley and lilies - what can you spot when you're out and about? We then learnt the Science names for the parts of a plant - roots, stem, leaves, flower and petals, and what their special jobs were. The children became scientists and observed the plants very closely before creating their own labelled scientific drawing. This then linked to our work in Design and Technology, where the children designed and have now begun to make a fabric garden using a variety of colours and textiles. We explored different fabrics e.g. lace, denim, velvet, corduroy, silk, satin, cotton etc. and thought of different ways of attaching our fabric such as fabric glue, stapling, double-sided sellotape and sewing. We are decorating the border of each garden with a beaded running stitch and we will then sew them all together to make a big blanket for our 'Wonderful World' reflection area!
In English we have been learning to read words containing all of the set 1, 2 and 3 Read, Write, Inc. sounds, both real and nonsense (alien words!), e.g. grair, plure, drire etc. We have been writing lots of sentences containing our sounds and also our Superhero Spellings - to be 'At' by the end of Year 1 the children must spell these words correctly. In maths we began by looking at multiplication as 'lots of', e.g. 4 lots of 2 = ?, and division as sharing between equal groups followed by looking at word problems to ensure the children could apply their knowledge. We moved onto halving and quartering shapes and numbers, and reminded children that if they knew their halves then they should know their quarters because this means a half of a half!
Next week we will be looking at positional language and half and quarter turns - this links with our work in computing where we guided each other outside (one person as the programmer, the other person as the robot pirate) to find some 'treasure' first, then used a figure on a grid, using commands forwards, backwards, turn left, turn right to create an "algorithm". On some of our algorithms there was an "error", so we needed to "debug" them! We will also begin our work on Judaism in RE.
Parent Notice: Next week is the last week before Assessment Week, where we assess the children in a maths paper with a selection of maths topics from over the year to back up our teacher assessment of the children, so any mental maths practice when you're out and about would be useful! During Assessment Week we will also carry out the children's last piece of assessed writing, which will be moderated across school, so any extra practice of those superhero spellings, capital letters, full stops will be definitely of use! I know it's such a busy time for everyone, but I just wanted to give a heads up so you knew what was coming.
Week 5 Spring 2 News
We began the fortnight in Science by looking at domestic animals and thinking about their needs. We spoke about the role of the RSPCA and how if we choose to have a pet we must treat it in a certain way to make sure it gets everything it needs, just like a human. The 'Owl Adventures' workshop was simply awe-inspiring - the children got to stroke degus, hold a royal python, a leopard gekko and a tarantula and at the end they put on the falconer's glove and held a burrowing owl! They also saw a larger owl (which flew around the hall and onto the piano!) and a falcon, as well as a Pacman frog. The children were so keen to show off everything they had learnt so far about animals using lots of Science words. In Geography we have been map reading again, looking at the United Kingdom first. Some of the children had forgotten the UK's 4 countries and their capital cities so please, whenever you get chance, if you're out and about, watching the news or reading the paper, keep reinforcing this. We then discussed how "climate" meant the general weather all year round, and located countries that were hot and countries that were cold, using the Equator as our guide. In RE we have begun to read 'The Easter Story' in its different version, talking carefully about Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, and discussing how Palm Sunday is a very sad day for Christians, but Easter Sunday is a very happy day.
We have continued to learn alternate sounds in English - this fortnight we have only had time for 'or' and 'aw', 'are' and 'air' and 'ir', 'ur' and 'er'. In maths we have focused on Number, practising adding a smaller number to a 2 digit number by putting the biggest number on our heads and the smaller number on our fingers, counting on without the use of a number line. We have then focused on subtraction (some of the children were unsure of the meaning of "subtract" which we discussed) and counting back in the same way. Next week we will continue to prepare for our fundraising event using lots of craft skills and reflecting on the meaning of the afternoon. Breaking News - on Monday afternoon Millie, a retired Guide Dog will be coming to visit us in class with a volunteer!
Parent Notice: We still require 2 more people to walk with us to church next Tuesday morning. Please let me know asap if you can come along!
Week 3 Spring 2 News
With the development of our new 'Independent Learning' Science area the children have been fully absorbed in our 'Amazing Animals' topic. We began by discussing living things and the 3 things they need to survive - food, water and air, and moved onto sorting the animals into their groups, such as mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish. We talked about their characteristics using our "Science words", such as mammals have hair or fur, reptiles have scales, birds have wings and feathers and fish have fins and gills. We looked at some of the similarities and differences between human and other animal body parts, using terms such as "claws", "tentacles", "paws", "hooves" etc. We used the terms "carnivore", "omnivore" and "herbivore" to talk about what animals eat, and used a Venn diagram in pairs to sort the animals according to their diets. If we have had any choosing time, lots of the children have been dipping into the non-fiction books about animals to do some research in their free play, which shows how much they are enjoying their learning! In PSHE the children are now very clear about how to keep safe. We discussed good and bad touch, good and bad secrets and how if we are uncomfortable about anything we should seek out a "trusted adult" (they know this term very well now!) We learnt a song about Pants thanks to Pantosaurus (on the NSPCC website) who taught us that what is underneath our pants is private, which the children loved and dealt with very sensibly. We have also learnt about the Holy Trinity in RE and about how God is a Father, Son and a Holy Spirit, along with the song 'Three in One' which helps to explain the concept further. We made some 'Trinity Plaits' which you can see hanging beautifully in the Reception area as well as on a big display outside our classroom. The children have been full of interest and questions which makes it such a pleasure to teach. I felt very proud of the children today when a visitor from 'D-Side' came to teach them about keeping their body healthy - their enthusiastic yet very sensible approach to their learning along with their wonderful responses to questioning using scientific words made it very clear how much they've enjoyed their Science this term.
We have been learning about alternate sounds in English and trying to remember how to spell common words, e.g. "I see the sea." In maths we looked at length first and how to measure using a metre stick and then a ruler in centimetres. We even measured the length and width of the hall like a real builder! We then moved onto 2D shapes and their properties, working out how many sides and corners they had, before revisiting money and making amounts up to £1, which we will continue with next week. Next week we will begin our Geography topic on hot and cold places and in Science we will be looking at domestic animals and beginning to prepare our fundraising activities for the final week of term.
Parent Notice: Please sign your child's reading record if they read at home, before handing it in to change. Some children have been handing their book in without a signature and it is unclear whether they have read it at home or not! Thank you.
Week 1 Spring 2 News
The children have come back to school buzzing with enthusiasm! In Science we have been looking briefly at what is inside our bodies, including the organs and the skeleton that is a cage around our organs. We have been reading a variety of 'Funnybones' stories by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and the children will be writing their own 'Funnybones' story in Big Write tomorrow. We have done a pre-learning PSHE task, asking the children to name 5 people they could ask for help to keep safe and why. We will ask the same question at the end of the week next week for our Big Write and see if our responses differ! We have had our first lesson with our Gymnastics coach, Becky, where the children travelled around the room as a variety of different animals to fit in very well with our topic!. The children have enjoyed using the Reflection Area this week as new sensory items have been added to it, and next week we will have our own 'Scientist's Laboratory' where the children can independently access a Science activity that it linked to our topic. We will even provide white coats!
We have begun to join some words in our handwriting practise and in phonics we have been reading and discussing the spelling patterns in some of our 100 high frequency words (see document below) before trying to remember how to write them. We spoke about how it is usually the question words that start with a 'wh' (as some children are beginning to write 'went' with a 'wh') and how words that are in the past tense have an 'ed' ending. Please encourage this by spotting words with 'ed' endings when out and about! We also discussed the apostrophe in 'it's' and 'don't' and how this means there is a missing letter. In maths we have been looking at weight using a bucket balance to compare weights and order the weights of 5 objects. The children have now been introduced to grams (g) and kilograms (kg) and that there are 1000g in a kilogram, and that we tend to use grams for food and kilograms for people. They compared the weights of animals and themselves which they found great fun. We are now moving on to measuring length and height. Next week we will also continue with our PSHE topic and in Science we will be talking about 'Living Things' and what they need to survive, and how you can tell if something is a living thing or not. We will also continue with our 'Amazing Animals' PowerPoint in Computing.
Parent Notice: We have a huge pile of lost property in the KS1 cloakroom, all of which is not named. If you are missing anything, please let me know by Monday morning or it will be disposed of. Thank you for your support - named items are so much easier when locating the owner, even if it just a glove!
Week 6 Spring 1 News
Thank you so much for coming to our open-afternoon on Friday - we were overwhelmed as always by the amazing turnout! We were very proud of the children who chose what to say and chose the songs we should sing. We are sure you enjoyed our 'Senses' song, which helped us remember the 5 senses during our Science work. We became 'Sense Detectives', trying to solve a mystery by using lots of scientific describing words to describe what we can touch, taste, see, feel and hear. In History, the children have become so captivated by Helen Keller and her life that they decided they would like to do some fundraising for her charity. We discussed what an inspiring person she was and how many people's lives she helped, including women (fighting for their right to vote), workers who were in danger of becoming blind and of course those with sensory impairment. In Computing we used the search engine Google Images to find pictures of animals and put them into a PowerPoint presentation which we will be completing next half-term.
We have been practising our top joins in our handwriting in preparation for all our letters being joined, and in phonics we have been recapping all of our Set 3 sounds and making sure we can apply them in spelling real and nonsense words. In maths we have been looking at one more and one less, making sure we know this information to 100 mentally, and then applying this in problem solving e.g. 67 is one more than ?, so the children have to think of the inverse. The last week of the half-term was assessment week, and the children dealt with every challenge with their usual enthusiasm!
Week 4 Spring 1 News
We have squeezed so much into the past fortnight! We began our Science by labelling the parts of the human body we could see (shoulders and elbows confused a few of us!) and practised correct spellings, before thinking about our 5 senses, what body part we use in each sense and the types of things we can do because we have that sense. Our focus story, 'Courage in the Dark', which tells the true story of a girl who was blind and deaf called Helen Keller, has truly captivated the children and we will be learning more about her in our History lessons next week. Of course, our Science work was enhanced by our fantastic visit to Eureka, where the children discovered so much about the senses, how our body works, where animals live and what happens to humans when they go into space. Thank you once again to our super volunteers as it was a very busy day, and to the children as always for being so well-behaved.
In Design and Technology we learnt about the different food groups, creating an 'Eatwell' plate and deciding what to put in our healthy wraps to make it balanced with each food group. We discussed how fruit and vegetables are important to stop us getting poorly, how dairy products strengthen our teeth and bones, how starch products like bread, potatoes and rice give us energy and how meat and beans give us protein to strengthen our muscles. In Computing we used a paint program to create a digital step by step 'algorithm' for our recipe, and talked about how a computer needs a clear algorithm, a set of instructions to work, otherwise there would be an "error" We tried this on paper first and wrote down an algorithm for making a jam sandwich, and if we wrote "get bread" instead of "get a slice of bread!" then there was most definitely an "error!" The children then became TV chefs, making their wraps with the crew of a 'camera operator' who video recorded their instructions on the iPad, the 'prompt' who reminded the chef of their recipe and the chef's assistant. The children showed superb teamwork skills and it was wonderful to hear their conversations as they were helping eachother.
We have been practising our bottom c and e joins in our handwriting in preparation for all our letters being joined, and in phonics we have looked at the sounds 'oa' (coat), 'ew' (chew and stew) and 'ear' (hear). In maths we have been looking at time, ordering days of the week and then problem solving using words such as "tomorrow", "yesterday", "3 days time", "one week's time" etc. Next week we will look at the months of the year, ordering them and problem solving with them.
Week 2 Spring 1 News
Happy New Year! Firstly we want to thank you all for the overwhelming kindness you showed at Christmas - all the cards and presents showed such generosity and you know I will be showcasing my purchases over the coming weeks! Also, the Nativity scenes were truly spectacular and the most important thing was the joy the children showed when talking about them. They looked stunning in our Santa's Grotto on display.
We have started our 'Amazing Animals' topic off with a bang in the creation of Collingham Veterinary Practice in our role play area and we have had the exciting arrival of some real animal skeletons to peruse. For our first 3 days back we looked at 'Friendship' in R.E., what makes a good friend and how just like for us, it wasn't always easy for Jesus to be a good friend. We are making a friendship wall in the class to promote this RESPECT Code quality as well as others such as compassion and forgiveness. Our focus story was 'Say Hello' by Jack and Michael Foreman, and we spoke about how if somebody was feeling left out and all alone, a smile and friendly greeting goes a long way. We made a friendship web on the carpet, where everybody chose a person in the class and said something they valued about them, and then handed them the ball of wool. It was such fun! This week we have been reading 'It's Okay to be Different' by Todd Parr and talking about how interesting our world is because everyone is special and unique. This has helped us with our new Art project where we have been creating our own self-portraits by studying our faces and using the correct colours. We followed a set of instructions and had to draw an oval and then use a ruler to make a faint cross in the middle so we knew where to place our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. The results have been outstanding and will be framed on and around our friendship wall. We began to learn football skills in games and, inspired by the members of staff, a street dance!
We began our phonics with a week on the Superhero Spellings 'with', 'have', 'are', 'out', 'some' and 'very', making sure we could spell them correctly in sentences. This week we have focused on the sounds 'are' (and which words are spelt 'air' instead), 'er' and 'ai'. As our writing is progressing, the children are getting used to marking their work against the Year 1 'Steps to Success' criteria which I have created to help them assess their work and edit if needed. In class they green highlight this if they have included the aspect in their work and I then check to see if I agree. I will attach a page with 3 copies in the documents section on this page so you could use this if they are writing at home. We have been practising our bottom joins in our handwriting in preparation for all our letters being joined.
In maths we have been looking at capacity and volume, estimating and measuring amounts using non-standard units e.g. how many yoghurt pots will fill this container and describing how sometimes it is hard to estimate because some containers are wide and short and others are tall and thin. We have been problem solving and using mathematical language such as half full, a quarter full, less than half full etc. We have now moved onto money which we will continue with next week - recognising coins and notes and exchanging money e.g. how many 2p are in 50p, which is where our counting in 2s, 5s and 10s comes into play!
Next week we will start our designs for a healthy wrap and talk about healthy eating, which we will eventually record in Computing as we become TV chefs! We will be labelling the parts of the body we can see on the outside in Science and think about which sensory organ is associated with which body part. Our focus story will be 'The Listening Walk' by Paul Showers.
Parent Notice: If anyone would like to join us for our school trip, please let me know as soon as possible. I have 3 places available!
Week 1 Autumn 2 News
We have had a super start to the new half-term! The children have really embraced using cursive writing at all times, and whilst we might forget every now and again, they are showing so much courage in having a go. It is definitely making our writing neater as each letter starts on the line at the same place. In Geography, we have been looking closely at the United Kingdom and learning its 4 countries and capital cities. The children were fascinated to learn the story of the Titanic and how it was built in Belfast, and we looked at lots of landmarks such as Buckingham Palace in London, Edinburgh Castle and the children agreed that Bude Park in Cardiff was very beautiful, because there were more physical features and nature. In outdoor PE the children have become javelin throwers, and were very inspired by Jessica Ennis-Hill's Olympic performance! In Science, we worked in groups, sorting objects with the properties rough and smooth into a Venn Diagram, so objects that were both rough and smooth went in the middle.
Next week we will begin our Art painting project, making colour wheels to help us identify the primary and secondary colours. In Science we will be testing the properties of objects, looking at their suitability for certain uses. We will conduct an experiment using a prediction, results and conclusion into what materials are flexible, opaque and waterproof, looking for patterns and ensure we conduct a fair test. We will focus on the story of Rama and Sita and find out what happens when Hindu people celebrate Diwali.
In Maths we have been learning to recognise the +, - and = signs and adding by counting on or back from the bigger number (putting the big number in our head and the other number on our fingers). Number lines have also been helpful when adding and taking away.
In Read, Write, Inc. we have recapped the sounds 'oo' (poo at the zoo), 'oo' (look at a book) and 'ow' (blow the snow), identifying words with these sounds in and writing sentences containing these sounds. We have also introduced the children to our 'Superhero Spellings’. As a staff, to improve spelling throughout school, we have decided that each year group should have a set of non-negotiable spellings which must be spelt correctly. So if the children see me pointing to a word and going “whoosh!” they know that is a word they should be spelling correctly. Reception and Year 1 Superhero Spellings will be listed in the English section.
Thank you so much for the immense effort you are going to with homework projects – the children are gaining so much enjoyment and understanding from it. Please read below under 'Curriculum' for more ways you can support your child's learning.
Week 2 Autumn 1 News
What an amazing first fortnight in Year 1 we have had! The children have settled into life in Key Stage 1 brilliantly and have worked their socks off. In Week 1 we had an RE focus week where we looked at 'The Creation Story' using the 'Wonderful Earth' book by Mick Inkpen and Nick Butterworth. We made Creation Wheels showing the 7 days of creation and went on a nature hunt to find things from our wonderful world in Autumn to bring back to our classroom. This linked to our Science work on seasonal change in Autumn where we asked how trees, daylight and our clothing changes in Autumn, and why? The children were fascinated to know why we have seasons so we even learnt that in Summer our country tilts towards the sun and in Winter it tilts away from the sun! Our Big Write was a letter from God to tell the people how they should look after our world.
This week we have begun our History work by creating our own timelines, talking about what we and our parents did/played with when we were little. Thank you so much for chatting to your children about this as they were full of stories! Our focus story was 'Peepo' by Janet and Alan Ahlberg, which is set in the 1940s, and led to a discussion about World War 2 and even former Prime Minister Winston Churchill because if you look closely at the illustrations you can see a picture of him on the wall! We have created Leeds Station in our role play area with lots of pictures of our local area in the past - if you have any objects from the past (even up to the 1990s!) we could look at or even keep until the end of our topic, e.g.record players, tape recorders etc., then please do bring them in! Next week we will begin to learn about the life of George Stephenson and transport of the past, along with our visit to the York Railway Museum.
In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards in ones to 100, completing number sequences and solving problems by putting numbers in order. Keep reinforcing this at home - transitions to the next multiple of 10 are often tricky! Next week we will look at sequences going in 2s, 5s and 10s and we will be learning to read and write the number names, e.g. 'twelve', up to 100.
In Read, Write, Inc. we have looked at the sounds 'are' and 'ure' so next week we will focus on 'ire' and 'ear', as well as recapping set 2 and 3. With set 1, most of which are single letter sounds, we noticed some of the children are adding an 'uh' sound at the end eg. 'muh' instead of a long stretchy mmmmmmm, which can cause problems when blending, so please encourage your child to sound out with the pure sounds for more success. I have attached more info to the phonics section of this page.
I would also like to take the opportunity to say on behalf of myself, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Horner and Mrs Shaw a massive thank you for our incredibly kind gift at the end of the year. Your children are a pleasure to teach so we really were so very touched.
Learning Logs will be sent home every Friday and homework set will be expected to be sent back into school by the following Thursday. This work will then be acknowledged with a signature and shared with the other children before the next homework is given out on the Friday.
Curriculum this half term
Our topic for the Summer term will be..... 'The Great Outdoors!'
Yes, we will be outside a LOT of the time, exploring our local area and going on lots of little expeditions around Collingham. We will be studying 'Plants' in Science and exploring a number of key questions, to include...
To begin the Summer term we will spend a week embedding our Superhero Spellings. For the children who already know their superhero spellings, we will move onto the 100 high frequency words (listed below in documents.)
We will be embedding the RWI Phonics scheme in our English lessons, looking at all sounds at once - after half-term it will be our phonics screening check, where the children will be faced with some known, some 'nonsense/alien' words where they will have to read a number of on-words using their phonics skills e.g. shlay, brighm etc. Here is a recap of all the sounds your child will need to know for the check.
Set 2 - ay: may I play ee: what can you see igh: fly high ow: blow the snow oo: poo at the zoo oo: look at a book ar: start the car or: shut the door air: that’s not fair ir: whirl and twirl ou: shout it out oy: toy for a boy
Set 3 - ea: cup of tea oi: spoil the boy a-e: make a cake i-e: nice smile o-e: phone home u-e: huge brute aw: yawn at dawn are: share and care ur: purse for a nurse er: a better letter ow: brown cow ai: snail in the rain oa: goat in a boat ew: chew the stew ire: fire fire! ear: hear with your ear ure: sure it’s pure? tion: (celebration) tious / cious: (scrumptious / delicious e: he me we she be
Here are the 'Superhero Spelling' lists
Here are the correct pronunciation of the sounds for blending:
m – mmmmmmountain (keep lips pressed together hard)
As well as building on fluency and expression in reading, the children will have chance to discuss the content of what they have read and develop pleasure in reading by being encouraged to link what they read to their own experiences and discussing new word meanings. We will have a focus story each week so they become very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics and recognising and joining in with predictable phrases.
The reading books your child brings home are different to those we use in class for the teaching of specific reading skills. The home reading books are designed for your child to ‘show off’ to you about how well they are doing with their reading. They should never present too much of a challenge or become a chore; by using these Oxford Reading Tree books (based on the adventures of Biff, Chip and Kipper) we hope to foster a love of reading and an enjoyment of books that your child will carry with them into adulthood. Remember to read the books at least three times and ask plenty of questions.
We will also have Big Writing every Friday to consolidate the content of what we are writing and our grammar. From the beginning of the year, children will be exposed to and be encouraged to use a cursive script where possible. Conventions such as finger spaces, capital letters at the start of a sentence and names and the accurate use of full stops, question marks and exclamation marks will be encouraged. This half-term we will be focusing on using our correct long vowel sounds (e.g. igh, ow, ou) in our writing.
We will begin the Summer term by looking at word problems using mental adding and taking away. We will then introduce multiplication and division as "lots of" and sharing, and move onto fractions, finding a quarter of a shape and number. This will then help our work on position and direction, as the children will be asked to make a half, quarter and three quarter turns, supported in ICT by our work on algorithms. We will then look at time, looking at o'clock times and working out how many hours between events. We will recap writing our numbers to 100 using numerals and words, have another capacity focus and look at 3D shapes.
This term's focus is 'Plants'. This half-term we will be asking:
Can I identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants by planting a bean?
We are going to be using positional language to programme an algorithm into a BeeBot and send him around a garden of treasure!
We will be looking closely at Judaism and recognising and reflecting on the importance of a synagogue and the Torah in Jewish worship.
We will be looking at key events in Jewish history and celebrating Israel’s past, discussing Jerusalem as a special place for Jews and showing respect for the Torah. We will study the synagogue as a community centre, exploring the main features of the building as a place for study and prayer.
In PE on Wednesdays we will continue to develop our skills in outdoor games . In indoor PE on Fridays we will be studying dance once again, with an 'outdoors' theme!
Marcel will be teaching us vocabulary linked to being outdoors and the wonderful world around us!
Our RESPECT code, as ever, will underpin all our learning, and the children will be encouraged to continue to add to a RESPECT code display and write a post-it when they see a child portraying aspects of our RESPECT code and help to choose the children who will be selected for our leaf assembly. We will be discussing lots about our locality and discussing what it means to be British, recapping our British values.