Class Teachers – Miss Lax and Mrs Strutt.
Welcome to our Home School Link for Summer Term 2017!
This term our literacy work will be based on the Literacy Framework and the Letters and Sounds programme in Phase 3, 4 and 5. Sessions will continue to include a programme of phonic work which will cover the sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, ear, air, ure and er. Most children will also be learning ay, a-e, ir, au, aw, ew, ue, ou, e-e, ea, ey, y (as in ee sound on end of a word) ie, i-e, oy, oe, o-e, ph, wh, and u-e. Learning about simple sentence construction with the accurate use of capital letters and full stops will of course continue, but now we will be adding question and exclamation marks where appropriate. We are also targeting Handwriting which is correctly formed and a consistent size, and for some have ascenders and descenders. Children will continue to read in groups as well as individual work. There will be plenty of opportunities to fire the imagination when re-telling or inventing their own stories with pictures, words and role-play! We will be looking at fantasy stories, poems and recounts this term.
How you can help. The lighter evenings are great for family activities but please set aside a little time to continue with reading. Please try to achieve a minimum of 3 reading sessions a week in addition to bed time stories and book sharing
We will continue to build on the skills your child has already acquired within the ‘Numeracy Framework’. Please remind yourself of your child’s individual target which is stuck into their reading record book.
How you can help. Again, be aware of Maths in our everyday lives. Try counting in 2’s e.g. the shoes in the cupboard. In 10’s e.g. the fingers and toes in your family. How many would there be if Nanny and Grandad visited? Look for 2D and 3D shapes around the home. Do you notice any symmetrical patterns on the way to school e.g. brickwork, plants, curtains? Have fun!
In Science we will begin a new topic: We will be focusing on plants and learning about a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will be describing the basic structure of these and conducting our own experiments within the classroom as well as learning about the plants in our school grounds. We will be planting our own Broad Bean seeds and keeping a diary to sequence their growth. We will investigate seed dispersal and plant lifecycles, with a focus on the Dandelion.
We will also continue our work on seasonal change, regularly updating our weather and temperature charts. The children will be given the opportunity to plan their own weather report in groups, focusing on one of the four seasons they have been learning about within the classroom.
How you can help. Please encourage your child to talk to you about the work they have been doing in the classroom, especially regarding the progress of their Broad Bean plants. If you have the opportunity, it would be lovely if you are able to plant some seeds at home and watch them grow. Please could you also reinforce basic safety considerations regarding garden and wild plants as we will be doing within the classroom (for example, reminding children that they should check with an adult before they touch wild plants, never eat any plants they have contact with and wash their hands after handling).
Our work in Technology will consider the taste, texture and importance of a variety of fruit and vegetables. We will be trying different fruit and vegetables during the second half of term, please let us know of any allergies.
How you can help. Please answer any questions your child may have as simply and honestly as you can.
In RE we will be starting a new topic: Why are some symbols and places special? This will link back to our work from the start of the year on Belonging. We will consider what it means to belong to our school, to a club and to a religion. We will be visiting our local Church and discussing what people do there and why it is important to them. We will continue to learn about symbols and design our own symbols to represent specific family values.
How you can help. Encourage respect for the views of others.
With the good weather just around the corner we will hopefully be swimming next half-term! For this half, we will continue our activities supported by the ‘Leap into Life’ programme. For swimming the children will need a 1 piece swimming costume and all children with shoulder length hair or longer will need a swimming hat. Earrings will also need to be removed for each session. Could all children who cannot swim a width of a normal pool unaided, please bring arm bands initially. A letter will go home nearer the time.
How you can help. As before, please encourage physical activity especially with the lighter evenings. Later on, we will be asking for volunteers to help during swimming lessons as an extra person by the pool or to supervise activities for groups not in the water at that time. Please ensure all P.E. kit is named and in school.
We will be looking carefully at the beautiful things in the world around us and using them as an inspiration for sculpture, based on movement. We will also look at the artists Andy Goldsworthy and Giacometti for inspiration.
How you can helpEncourage your child to observe closely and draw what they see. Encourage them to touch and describe a variety of safe items. If you have photos or postcards of sculptures we would love to see them (the artist’s name would be gratefully appreciated!!!)
We will be thinking about the importance of giving the correct sequence when using battery operated toys and then tape recorders. Building on last term’s work we will be continuing to log on, use Textease and print work using the computer. We will also be handling data and representing information graphically.
Our History and Geography work revolves around seaside holidays and the weather. We will be locating places where children have spent holidays and specifically looking at features of a seaside / coastal environment and climate. We will compare holidays of now and in the past; discuss what we like to do on holiday/ what did our grandparents do? Where we go/ where did they go? How we get there/ how did they travel? etc.
How you can help. Talk with your child about times you have spent together on our many local beaches or about the holidays you have enjoyed. Tell your child about any holidays you may have had when you were young with your parents or that they had when they were young. Time to get out the photo albums or look at your holiday videos!
Miss G. Lax and Mrs Y. Strutt