Spring Term -1st half 2017-Once there were Giants
Welcome back, I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas, feeling refreshed and looking forward to an exciting new year for your child in
Our theme for this half term is ‘Once there were giants!’ and in the second half term, our theme will change to ‘Terrific Transformations’. This newsletter contains lots of information about the learning that we will be covering this half term.
During English we will be focusing on instructional texts, reading ‘Incredible Edibles – a science flavoured cookbook’ by Stefan Gates. We will also be reading a fictional text, ‘I don’t believe it Archie!’ by Andrew Norriss. During these two sequences we will be focussing on developing the children’s writing skills by building cohesion within a paragraph; using adverbials; the use of commas to clarify meaning; extending a range of sentences using more than one clause; using the present perfect form of verb; and using conjunctions and prepositions to express time, place and cause.
Guided reading and phonics sessions will take place daily within our mornings, as well as sessions concentrated on grammar, punctuation and handwriting.
In our maths sessions this half term the following areas will be covered:
Additive Reasoning – addition, subtraction, fractions, measurement and statistics.
Number Sense – multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages.
Your child will be given maths home learning twice a week that should take 5/10 minutes. This is expected to be completed and back in school the next day. The maths home learning will always be linked to the maths that the children have been learning that day and should therefore be reinforcing their learning.
On top of this, it is important that the children practise their times tables daily. Each week the children will be given particular times tables to focus on to practise for their weekly times table test every Thursday.
Each Monday the children will be set new spellings and these will be sent home. They will then be tested on these spellings the following Monday.
During topic sessions the children will be learning about Ancient Greece.
Please find attached a topic home learning sheet that gives choices of home learning to be completed this half term. With your child, please select a home learning option you wish to complete and bring into school by the due date on the sheet.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology the children will be using design criteria to generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams. They will then be selecting appropriate tools, equipment and materials to perform practical tasks.
In computing, the children will be learning about the following areas:
E Safety - Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour, identify a range of ways to report concerns and inappropriate behaviour.
Multimedia and Technology in our lives – Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of devices to design and create a range of programs, system and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data information.
In RE, children will continue to learn about prayer and worship within the Hindu religion. They will be exploring and discovering how Brahman can be everywhere and in everything.
Our Christianity theme this half term is ‘Truth’.
P.E. lessons will continue to be on a Wednesday and Friday. Please could indoor and outdoor P.E. kits be in school all week, from Monday morning and go home Friday afternoon. As well as their shorts and t-shirt, your child is welcome to bring in jogging bottoms / leggings and a jumper for when we have our lessons outside.
Your child needs to be responsible in ensuring that they take their reading book home with them every day and changing it when they are ready to do so. Children should be reading 4/5 times a week and then record this in their reading record.
We are looking forward to a fun filled, exciting term with you and your child. If you have any questions, concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to come and talk with us.
Miss Smith and Sarah--Download Home Learning Grid