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Autumn Term Topic Web

We hope you all had a wonderful summer and looking forward to your first classroom in the main building!

 

Literacy

In literacy we will be looking at the two books; the day the crayons quit and the day the crayons came home. From these we will be reading through  step by step and the children will be given opportunity to predict responses and talk about emotions of the characters. We will also be writing letters between Duncan and the crayons. EN2/ 3.3 

In addition to this we will be looking at different types of sentences such as exclamation, statement, command and questions and learning the correct punctuation that matched up with this. EN2/ 3.4 EN2/ 2.2

Maths

In numeracy we will be covering a range of topics including:place value MA2/ 2.1,  number bonds to 100, number sequences, partitioning numbers, halving and doubling, the four number operations MA2 2.2, and shapes & symmetry.

Science

Initially we will be looking at materials and their uses including building materials, tools, and clothing. We will be learning about properties of materials, investigating stretchiness, effects of heat and how water can be changed. SC2/ 3.1

Topic

Our Autumn term topic is ‘ How did Britain begin?’ In this the main focuses will be castles and Vikings. HI1/ 1.2/4 The first half term we will learn all about the features of a castle, who lived there and plotting famous castles on a map GE1/ 1.4. We will hopefully be visiting Beeston castle to help us with this.We will also be looking at artist Paul Klee and his castle art picture and creating our own pictures for our topic book covers. AR1/ 1.4

 In the second half term we will be having a Viking come and visit our school where we will learn all about his every day life.

PE

Mr Freeman will teach PE on a Monday and Thursday.

Swimming will take place on Tuesdays – please ensure your child brings their kit each week.

Homework

Homework will be given out on Wednesday to be returned the following Tuesday; this will usually be:

·            One piece of Maths

·           One piece of Literacy.

·           Spellings will be given out on a Wednesday and the test will take place on the following Tuesday. A book will be given out to complete 2 tries in. Additional practice can be completed on paper. Spelling tests will also be completed in the books.

·           My Maths will be set weekly

·           Reading we will try to read at least twice a week in school. Please support this at home by reading as often as possible and ensure you note this in the reading diary. (minimum 3 x 10 mins weekly)

Please remember

            Green homework folder: given out Wednesday and collected the following Tuesday

            Spelling books: Tuesday

            Reading books/Diary: Every day

            PE kits: PE kits should be in school every day

            Swimming Kits: Tuesday

Parental Help

Parental help is always valued and helps the children access a wider range of activities. If you would like to help please come in and let us know how you would like to be involved, whether you would like a regular slot or just to come in on art days or for special events, and we will try our best to accommodate you. As part of our safeguarding review all regular helpers will need to submit a DBS check.

 

 Any questions, worries or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask

Many thanks

Miss Prince and Mrs Leonard

 

Sandymere Summer Term

Welcome back to the final term in Sandymere, we hope you all had a fun and restful break with friends and family.

 The summer term is always a busy one with Sports Week, SAT’s and a Residential. This term’s topic 'What’s the reason behind it all?' is focused on local history and industry. During topic lessons the children will learn about what our area is known for; Woodlands, Mills, Factories, Farms.

 

In Literacy we will focus on understanding and interpreting text, text structure and organisation; planning their work first and discussing the key words and ideas they want to use.  We will be giving well structured descriptions and explanations for our work as well as expressing feelings with this. En2/2.2, En2/3.4

 

In Numeracy we will look at time; reading to the quarter of the hour and understanding the relationship between seconds, minutes, hours and days.  We will also continue looking at number facts and operations; solving problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Ma2/2.2, Ma2/2.3, Ma2/3.1

 

 Whilst in science we will focus on animals including humans; offspring, diet, exercise and their basic needs and also uses of everyday materials; wood, plastic, metal, glass and their suitability. Sc2/2.3, Sc2/3.1

 

Homework - Homework will continue to be sent home weekly in the green folders, along with spellings and MyMaths online.

 

SATS's - These will take place in class during May and will be conducted in groups. The children have been doing ‘little quizzes’ to help prepare them for question based work.

 

Residential - We have booked our Sandymere Residential which will take place on Thursday 15th June. A letter will be sent out with detailed information and a kit list soon.  A parents meeting after school on 24th May will take place to discuss the venue, timetable of events and answer any questions you have on your child’s first School over night stay.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

 

We look forward to a lovely Summer Term,

 

Miss Ashcroft, Mrs Birks and Mrs Law

 

Spring Term

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for all of the kind gifts and cards we have received. The whole school topic for spring is 'How is the world different?'. This term has a strong geographical influence, we look forward to inspiring future world travellers. The children have a fun term to look forward to with exciting activities related to the topic theme, including a visit to the Blue Planet Aquarium and a special visitor from Chester Zoo. Our Art Day will be spent learning about art from around the world and making our own African Masks and Chinese Dragon. 

READING ARRANGEMENTS
Children will read and discuss books in a group guided reading session once a week as well as an individual reading time with the teacher and/or classroom assistant. Your child's reading diary will be sent home with your child every day with details of pages read, questions to ask, skills to practice or points for discussion. It is vital that books and book bags are brought in daily to ensure we can make the most of any reading opportunities beyond planned sessions. At home please read books initially for decoding and then a second time to develop comprehension skills in the early book band levels. As your child progresses please do not feel the need to complete any book in one session but do take time to discuss the book to develop comprehension skills.

SPELLING GROUPS
The children are regularly assessed and work within a group appropriate to their phonic phase. The children receive their spellings on a Tuesday and are tested the following Tuesday except in cases of timetable changes or trips and visits. Please encourage your child to write the spellings within sentences to apply them if you feel they pick them up quickly on a word by word basis.

HOMEWORK
Children will be read with a minimum of twice a week and this should be supported by further home reading (30mins weekly).

Phonic/Spelling homework will be given out and then checked the following Monday (this is best tackled in 3x10min sessions).

Maths and literacy homework will be given out on a Wednesday and collected the following Tuesday. This will either be in the form of a My Maths activity or a paper based activity (20min per task).

An additional OPTIONAL task will be provided in topic or science for children who are keen to do more, this can be found on the ‘homework’ section of our website and returned via the green homework folder. Should your child ever be unsure of homework or struggle to complete it in the suggested times please come and discuss this with us and do not feel you must press on and upset your child or yourself!

We hope that this information is of help. If you have any worries, concerns or questions please do not hesitate to come in and see us.


Miss Ashcroft

Mrs Birks

Mrs Law

Sandymere Autumn Term

A warm welcome to Sandymere

We hope you all had a wonderful summer and looking forward to your first classroom in the main building!

To help you settle into the new academic year we have listed some information for you:

 Topic

Our Autumn term topic is “where did it all begin?”

Here we will be learning about life in the Stone age, Bronze age and Iron Age.  We will be looking at the history in our local area and the discoveries found over the years.  For more information on the trips and visitors we have planned for the children this term, please see the Autumn term topic web. 

Literacy

Stories with familiar settings- looking at a number of texts of short stories that children can relate to; home, school, friends, places we visit and writing our own.

Poetry- children will further their skills in patterns in poetry and write their own poetry by the end of the term.

Information texts- Linking in with topic work, children will explore the structure of information texts as well as creating their own.

Numeracy

In numeracy we will be continuing to grow our skills over a variety of topics including number sequences, number bonds up to 100, halving, doubling and shape. 

Science

This subject will often link with topic work.  We will be looking at materials used in the different ages and their uses including building materials, tools, and clothing.  Art days, trips and visitors will support this subject.   

PE

Sandymere will be taught on a Wednesday and Thursday by Mr Freeman. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day in the event of timetable changes.

Swimming will take place on Tuesday mornings – please ensure your child brings their swimming kit each week.

Homework

Each week your child will receive:

Literacy: either comprehension, writing or a literacy based task (20 mins).

Maths: MyMaths – online learning portal. Details to follow. Please see Miss Ashcroft for any questions/difficulty accessing homework once this is set up (20 mins-depending on task).

Spellings: An A5 spelling book will be given containing their new spellings. Please use the 'Try 1 and Try 2' page to practice. Additional practice can be completed on paper. Spelling tests will be completed in the books. Spellings will also be placed online (best tackled in 2 x 10 mins a week).

Reading: Your child will read at least twice a week in school, please support this at home by reading as often as possible and ensure you note this in the reading diary. (minimum 3 x 10 mins weekly)

An additional OPTIONAL task will be sent each week for those children who are keen to do more. This will be linked to Topic/Science.

School Essentials

            Green homework folder: given out Thursday's collected the following Wednesday.

            Spelling books: Tuesday

            Reading books/Diary: Every day

            PE kits: PE kits should be in school every day

            Swimming Kits: Tuesday

Parental Help

Parental help is always valued and helps the children access a wider range of activities. If you would like to help please come in and let us know how you would like to be involved, whether you would like a regular slot or just to come in on art days or for special events, and we will try our best to accommodate you. As part of our safeguarding review all regular helpers will need to submit a DBS check.

I hope that all this information is useful and will lead to a happy and successful year ahead. If you have any worries, concerns or questions please do not hesitate to come in.

Miss Ashcroft, Mrs Birks and Mrs Law.

 

Summer Term 2016

Welcome back to the final term in Sandymere.

The summer term is always a busy one with Sports Week, testing and a residential to squeeze in. This terms topic 'Where Next?' is focused on geography. During topic lessons the children will learn about the seven continents and five oceans of the world. We will look at Brazil and compare it with UK and contrast the Amazon Rainforest to Delamere Forest. The Olympics and their significance as an event will also be explored.  For this terms art day we will focus on carnival looking at masks and costumes including making our own carnival masks.

In literacy we will focus on instructions, stories and information writing linked to our topic. We will continue to develop our writing particularly extending the use of punctuation and ambitious vocabulary.

In numeracy we will look back over calculation strategies and applying them to problem solving.  We will also focus on time, money and position and direction. Whilst in science we will focus on plants and animals in the rainforest environment, and variation in animals. 

In addition to our residential we also have an educational visit to Chester Cathedral booked to look at the cathedral as a place of worship.

Homework - Homework will continue to be sent home weekly in the green folders, along with spellings and MyMaths online.

STA's - These will take place in class during May and will be conducted in groups. Over this half term we will look at example questions within lessons to help prepare all children for their tests.

Residential - We have booked our Neverland Residential which will take place on Thursday 16th June. A letter will be sent out with detailed information and a kit list soon.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Mrs Williams and Mrs Carter

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