We already have a class trip scheduled to visit a farm, scientists from Newcastle University visiting to deliver a colour blindness workshop, and a workshop called 'Safety Seymour' to explain the dangers of carbon monoxide. This is just the beginning, as more exciting opportunities to supplement our curriculum are planned.
In English, we will use the 'Talk for Writing' approach, in which the children learn a text using actions before changing parts of it (innovation) and finally creating a new piece of writing (independent application). The texts used are from Kenya and relate to our geography lessons. The texts will be 'The Secret of Rain' and 'Meerkat Mail.'
Every morning, your child will participate in a RWI phonics session. During these sessions, your children are heard reading the same text three times, which helps them improve their reading speed and accuracy. Questions will be asked to help students improve their comprehension. These sessions also include a writing component in which your child will segment sounds to write words as well as hold a sentence in their head before writing it.
To help your child progress with their reading, you should hear your child read three times weekly - please mark three times on the chart and it would be helpful if you could add a comment in the reading diary.
We teach maths with a mastery approach, so there will be plenty of opportunities to use practical resources. Children will continue to use Base Ten equipment, Place-Value grids, Part-Whole models, and bar models to ensure they understand mathematical concepts thoroughly. This term's focus is on learning the 10x and 2x Times Tables, so if you can help your child play Times Tables Rockstars at home, they will have a quick recall of these.
Our geography topic is "Kenya," and we will learn about the physical features, animals, and Maasi Mara tribe.
After half-term, we will move on to the history topic 'Pocahontas' to learn about a significant figure. We know her best as a Disney princess, so in our history lessons, we'll learn about her life as a native American and how she visited England.
Our science lessons allow children to investigate and conduct simple experiments. In our first topic, we will learn about humans, how we age, and how to be hygienic. We will return to our 'Materials' topic and experiment with changing the shape of various materials. Our farm visit will include exploring a new environment and meeting some newborn lambs.
In the Spring Term the children have a weekly PE lesson taught by Mrs Williamson on Wednesday. PE kits should be left in school for the half term.
Children will continue with their Commando Joe sessions with Year 1.
On Tuesday morning I have PPA time and Mrs Love will teach the class. On Friday afternoons Mrs Keith and Year 1 will join us as we have joint music, computing lessons and visit the school library.
Homework is set weekly and should be returned to school by Wednesday.
Feel free to ask if you have any questions or queries about ways to support your child.
Miss B. Noon (Teacher)
Mrs C Mousette (Learning Support Assistant)