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What do we know about our world? Summer term topic

Welcome back after a lovely Easter break.  This terms topic is ‘What do we know about our world?’, the summer term is always a busy one with Sports Week, SAT’s and a Residential.

We will soon be holding a residential meeting to go through everything we will be doing with the group leader from learning outside the classroom. He will explain everything the children will be doing, where they will be staying and the types of things we will be eating.  A letter with exact time and date will be given out closer to the time.

Over the next few weeks the children will be preparing for their SATS, we will be looking at past papers and going through the best ways to tackle things. These will be completed throughout May  in small groups and we have lots of fun and exciting things planned in between.

topic 

In topic our main focus this term will be geography we will be looking at different maps Ge2/1.1 and labeling physical and human features Ge1/1.3b.

We will also be comparing 2 different places and creating our very own fact files Ge1/1.2  we will look at the different features of the places and the different types of weather Ge1/1.3

Maths

In maths at first we will be revising for our Sats- paper 1 is all arithmetic questions and paper 2 is a reasoning paper.

The 3 mains topic we will be covering are measurement Ma2/ 3.1, position and direction Ma2/3.3 and statistics Ma2/4.1.

In measurement we will be looking at different units of measure including money and time, we will then try to solve some problems involving these.

 

Literacy

In literacy we will be looking at different stories, in particular we will be looking at Jack and the Beanstalk and re-writing our own version of this by drafting en2/3.3b  and editing en2/3.3c . We will also be writing some different character descriptions.

 

Science

In science we will be looking at our final 2 topics. Living things and their habitats Sc2/2.1 and Plants Sc2/2.2.

 

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 and spellings will be given out on Wednesday to be returned the following Tuesday.

Please remember

            Green homework folder: given out Wednesday and collected the following 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 please don’t hesitate to ask

Many thanks

Miss Prince and Mrs Leonard

Can we make the world a better place? Spring 2018

 

Maths

In maths our first focus will be looking at multiplication and division. The children will learn about them being inverse to one another Ma2/2.3b/c and will have a big focus on our 2,5 and 10 timetables Ma2/2.3a . To help with this the children have all been given a TTRockstars account which they can access both at home and at school.  https://ttrockstars.com/beta/login/3257  

We will then move onto fractions where we will recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, ¼, 2/4 and ¾ of a lengths, shape, set of objects or quantity. Ma2/2.4a. This will help us to work out simple fractions of amounts. Ma2/2.4b

 In the second half term we will be looking at measure. Within this unit we will look at standard units Ma2/3.1a/b pounds and pence Ma2/3.1c and time Ma2/3.1f/g/h

Literacy

In the first few weeks back we will be using the work we have been doing in little chefs to write our very own instructions for making a fruit salad. The children will be learning all about the structure of instructions including the language they could use. En2/3.3a iv.

After this we will be completing some information texts; this will link to our topic. We will be looking at endangered animals and using the MacBook’s to help us with our research. Sc2/3.3a ii.

In the second half term we will be looking at the wide range of books that have been written by Julia Donaldson EN2/2.2 and this will aid us in writing out very own stories and descriptions. En2/2.1

Science

The children are very excited to know that they will be learning all about animals including humans. In this we will look at the things we all need to survive. SC2.2.3b they will also be learning about keeping a healthy diet and the importance of different food types, exercise and hygiene. SC2.2.3b

In our second half term we will be learning all about plants. We will hopefully be planting some seeds SC2/2.2a and watching them grow into plants after investigating the things that they need to stay healthy and grow SC2/2.2b.

Topic

The whole school topic this term is ‘ Can we make the world a better place?’  The children have a fun term to look forward to with exciting activities related to the topic theme, including a visit to techniquest, a chocolate workshop and a PDSA workshop.

In topic the first half term links in really well with our literacy and science. We will be looking at endangered animals and writing an information text about them. Ge1/1.1

 In the second half term we will be looking at how we can make the world a better place. We will look at fair-trade, climate change, reduce reuse and recycle, and renewable resources. Ge1/1.3

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 sheet will be given out to complete 2 tries on as well as a sheet to practice these spellings in cursive writing. Additional practice can be completed on paper. Spelling tests will also be completed on the sheet.

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 sheet: 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

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

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