Welcome back to the summer term! We are looking forward to lots of learning opportunities and activities planned for this next term. With the summer approaching, we will take advantage of our outdoor environment and use this for learning opportunities in all areas of the curriculum through play and discovery.
During whole class reading (WCR) one group were retrieving information from a play script about a weather forecast. After the lesson, children decided to act out the script and deliver their own weather forecast to the rest of the class! Well done boys!
Look at our new display and the fantastic things we enjoy and are good at! To celebrate 'Autism Awareness month' class 7 discussed what made them special and things that they were good at. Children also gave someone in the class a compliment on something they were good at. We all left circle time feeling really good about ourselves!
As mathematicians, children will continue to build on learning from the previous two terms. We will continue to count in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s to 100 and beyond. Children will continue recognising place value to 3 digit numbers. They will practise adding and subtracting two/three digit numbers together and will continue to practise reciting number bonds to 20 and applying them to larger numbers. The children will also learn how to solve simple addition and subtraction word problems. The children will continue to look at how to measure length, mass and capacity.
This term in English we will continue to focus on: letter formation, handwriting, phonics and sentence construction linked to a variety of text types and topics. Children will be encouraged to extend their sentences through adding in punctuation, adjectives, verbs etc. We will have a focus on using colourful semantics to reinforce sentence structure and increasing independence. Our English topics this term are: sentence types, non-chronological reports and a writing unit based around the Roald Dahl classic ‘The Twits’. Children will continue to take part in daily speech and language opportunities alongside their existing sessions, learning through colourful semantics, practising social skills, daily speaking and listening opportunities with the use of Makaton and symbol support.
Children will continue to receive daily phonics sessions based on their reading and spelling ability. Children will be split into ability groups for phonics every day for 20 minutes 10.10-10.30. We also have timetabled an extra lesson a week, focusing on reading skills during whole class reading. This will include: phonics, inference and deduction skills and written responses. Children working below the year 1 curriculum will access this lesson through sensory stories delivered by Miss Garrington.
As scientists, our topic this term is ‘materials. We will learnt to classify, sort and label materials based on their properties. Children will use their investigation skills to develop and carry out experiments to decide on materials suitability for different purposes.
As artists children will be learning about the artist ‘Vincent Van Gogh’ focusing on replicating the sunflowers piece of art work. Children will be using watercolours and learning how to sketch from different perspectives. In DT as designers the children will be planning, designing and moving vehicle. This topic will continue during the first part of the summer term. As historians the children will be continuing to learn about ‘Christopher Columbus’ carrying on the topic from the spring term.
In Geography, children will be comparing and contrasting different locations around the world. We will focus on using correct vocabulary and making comparisons to our own local area. In computing, children will experiment with aspects of algorithms from the new curriculum through IPAD apps and computer programs and bee bots. This term in music, children will be learning about a range of instruments including their voices. They will explore how instruments can be used to express feelings and children will continue to practise keeping to a steady beat/rhythm.
This term children will continue to access PE/Dance through their mainstream year group with support from staff from class 7. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school all week and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class.
We look forward to another busy term which is full of learning and lots of progress! As ever, if you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year please do not hesitate to speak to me, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Look at our amazing homework about Christopher Columbus- well done!
Class 7 had a fantastic Science week learning all about 'Disgusting Science'. On Tuesday we investigated who the poo (pretend!) belonged to. We also learnt how to make slime/snot by following a set of instructions. In sensory, we explored disgusting textures. Finally on Friday, we learnt all about mould and why it is important to wash our hands!
This week (12th March) we have started a reading buddies system during ERIC time to increase the confidence and reading abilities of the children.
Children have been put into groups of 2 or 3. They are taking on either the 'teacher' or 'reader' role and swap daily, hearing each other read.
Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and a reminder that no jewellery should be worn during PE sessions. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and year group.
Year 2: Wednesday
Year 3: Monday
Year 4: Monday
Year 5: Tuesday and Friday
Year 6: Wednesday and Friday
We look forward to another busy half term, full of learning and lots of progress! As ever, if you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year please do not hesitate to speak to one of us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.
Miss Read, Miss Garrington, Mrs Lloyd & Mrs Cottee
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Class 7 celebrated ‘Chinese New Year’ by learning about the traditions celebrated in China.
Children made a Chinese drum using Chinese writing and features the ‘Year of the Dog’
Finally we shared fortune cookies with each other and learnt about their significance.
Carol Concert for Parents