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Our topic this half term is ‘Long, Long, Ago’
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice relaxing holiday and are ready for the exciting 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 ‘Special People’ which is linked to our ‘Local Church’. They will be thinking of special people close to them at home and in their community. The children will also learn about all the special people that are part of the parish family, as well as reading stories about Jesus and the special people that were part of his life.
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 traditional tales and answering questions about them. They will discuss what traditional tales have in common. 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 be constructing 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 learn how to use ‘and’ ‘because’ ‘but’ and ‘so’ to join words and clauses.
They will be learning 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.
The children will be learning how to tell the time (o’clock and half past) and will learn how to draw the hands on a clock face to show these times. They will also solve simple problems involving time. We will revisit place value and the children will continue to partition numbers into tens and ones. Problems solving involving addition and subtraction will also be a focus this half term and the children will be encouraged to talk about how they have solved them.
We will be learning that the term ‘algorithm’ means a set of instructions to carry out a task. The children will be exploring how devices respond to commands. They will be planning and giving instructions to make a programmable toy move.
Art + Design
We will be finding out about different types of puppets. The children will work towards designing and making their very own glove puppet based on their favourite fairy tale character.
We will be looking at Homelife and Schools during the Victorian times. We will be making comparisons between past and present and also learning about what life was like in the Victorian times through photos and different artefacts. During the term we are hoping to be visited by Mr Wilberforce some time in February to experience what school life was like during the Victorian times. This is a very exciting day as the children will not only experience being taught by a Victorian teacher but they will also have the opportunity to dress up as a Victorian school child… even I will be dressed up as a Victorian teacher!
The children will be developing their skills in games. We will be covering two units: Ball Skills and Games and Throwing and Catching. The children will develop various ball skills and work in teams and partners using a range of equipment.
The children will have a morning music session every Wednesday with an external music teacher named 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. Each week the talk topic will be displayed on our classroom door.
If you have any queries or questions, please do come in and make an appointment to see me after school.