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Please click on the link above to see what we have been doing so far this year! It has been a very different year to what we are used to but we are all so proud of how well all of the children have settled down and adapted to the routines!

 

Welcome back to the Spring term – I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a happy and safe New Year! Despite the school closures, it is so important that the children continue to move forward in their learning so as to keep up the great progress which they have already made this year. The best way for this to happen and to maintain contact with the children so as to support their learning with online access via Microsoft teams.

 

This term we will be learning about:

In Numeracy this term we will be focusing on the following:

3D shapes / Geometry

  • place value

  • Addition

  • Statistics and data handling

  • Multiplication

  • Division

Please continue to revise basic numeracy skills such as number bonds, odd and even numbers, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.


 

In Literacy our main topic will be ‘Traditional Tales.’ We will listen to a variety of traditional tales and write various pieces of work based on these stories. We will also continue to focus on grammar, handwriting, big writing and reading comprehensions throughout the term. As part of the online sessions the children have 15 minutes of Storytime at the end of the day whereby, they are reading a whole class book and then having to answer question on the story.

Reading

Children will read to an adult at least once a week which will include their home reading book and a guided reading session.  Currently we are only asking children to return their reading records to school once a week on a Friday. However, it is still important that you continue to listen to your child read daily and sign the reading record. When reading with your child in order to enhance and develop their comprehension skills, please ask them some questions about what they have read, an example of questions can be found in their reading record.

 

 

 

This term our topic is ‘Jesus at prayer’. The children will be learning about:

  • reading and recognising the Exodus story
  • retelling the story of the Passover story where Moses frees the Israelites (EX 12:1-42)
  • Make links between the exodus and beliefs in the presence of God
  • Describe and show understanding of religious sources, ideas, feeling and experiences, making links between them all

 

In the second half term our topic will be ‘From Lent to Easter.’ Children will learn about the importance of Lent and how it helps us to prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus.


 

This term we will be learning about Plants. Children will learn to:

·identify and name a variety of common plants

·to know what a plant needs to grow

·to know how different conditions impact a plants ability to germinate and grow

·observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants

·to plant a cress seed (at home) and record by comparing how temperature impacts the plants growth

 


 

 

This term children will develop their knowledge and understanding of ‘Powerpoint.’ They will learn to open and save a power point, how to add images and animations and how to add text.

The children will also focus on programming a floor turtle.

They will learn:

  • That control devices must be programmed and hat they follow instructions that contain numerical data, to use the appropriate keys to make the floor turtle go forwards, backwards, left and right.
  • To know that instructions can be sequenced for more complicated tasks.
  • To enter a sequence of instructions.
  • To know that instructions can be repeated.
  • To use the repeat key produce symmetrical shapes.
  • To know that devices that carry out repeated actions follow stored instructions.

 

 

This term children will be learning about climate. They will learn about the common types of weather in the UK and in other parts of the world. We will also focus on describing the types of weather that are associated with the seasons.


The children will learn how to follow pitch movement with hands and use high, low and middle voices; move up or down following changes in pitch; sing a melody accurately at pitch; recognise that symbols can represent sound, perform different pitches on percussion instruments; recognise simple patterns repeated at different pitches; create and choose sounds in response to a given stimulus.

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*During Lockdown we have encouraged children to take part in Joe Wicks daily workout to keep fit and healthy!

P.E. will continue to take place on Thursday. Please ensure that your child has the correct kit and that everything is labelled with your child’s name. Please can you also check that their PE shoes still fit. Please can you make sure that your child’s earrings are removed on this day. As it is still quite cold, blue jogging bottoms are required for PE sessions.


 

Art and DT 

 

This term we will be focusing on George Serat. We will learn about the artist himself and try and recreate some of his artwork. The children will be learning about the technique of Pointillism, focusing on the ‘La Grande Jatte’.  



           

Homework will be given out on Thursdays and will need to be returned to school for marking on Monday.  Alongside homework it would be helpful to your child if you could help them practise reading and writing spellings given each week, reading and spelling common exception words and helping them practise the two, five and ten times tables (please note they must know these in sequence, mixed up and related division facts).  Spellings and tables will be assessed weekly. Please not that additional work may be given to your child during the week to aid their learning.

  

 

Edward De Bono's six thinking hats

We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!

                                                                                

Habits of Mind

The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.

Visual Maps

The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.

                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS NCT 2018

Information for parents: Assessment results at the end of key stage 1