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Classes Archive 2015 - 2016

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Mr Austin - Teacher Miss Clarke - Teaching Assistant

Useful Information
 Transition Booklet (Reception to Year 1) Phonics Screening practise 



Summer Term Learning

This term we are focused on preparing for the Phonics Screening Test (w/c 12 June). We are applying all our decoding skills to read real and nonsense word. The nonsense words have an alien next to them so we know not to change them into words we already know! Here is a good website for practisingPhonics Screening Practise 

Our current literacy subject is Tales of Rags to Riches and we are looking at the Farmer Duck story by Martin Waddell (here is a video of the story).

In numeracy we are revising the areas we have been learning this year, including numbers & place value, addition & subtraction, multiplication & division, fractions, measures and geometry. In particular, we are concentrating on laying out our work, using hundred squares and applying reasining to solve numeracy word problems.

Our current science topic is Plants. We have been given a flower bed on the front playground to plant and observe our own flowers growing. Perhaps the children could also help out if you have a garden at home. At the end of term (on Thursday 6th July) we will be spending a day at Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve doing experiments and workshops!

Our current creative curriculum topic is Pirates! We will look at songs, stories and poems, as well reading and creating treasure maps. We will also look at coastlines and the features of an island.   

In computing we will practise using search engines as a research tool for our Pirate work (this will also involve lessons on eSafety). We will continue to use Purple Mash (www.purplemash.com) to write algorithms and coding.

Our P.E. this term will be a mix of invasion games and atheletic skills. After half term we are hoping to have specialist coaching in Golf!

In R.E. we have looked at festivals from all of the main religions and will continue to look at Holy books and artifacts. Whilst in P.S.H.E. we are learning about mental heatlth and emotional wellbeing, including choices and consequences. Art is linked to our Pirate theme and we will explore seascapes and the use of warm and cold colours.​

Spring Term Learning

Our current literacy text is poetry. We are using phonics knowledge to understand why some words rhyme. We have made a rhyming wheel to help us create simple nonsense rhymes and have devised actions to help us recite poems by John Foster.

In numeracy we are looking at addition, subtraction and multiplication. We are practising using number lines to help us add and subtract as well as arrays to help us multiply. This term we will be measuring capacity and applying reasining to understand and solve numeracy word problems.

Our current science topic is Materials and this is linked to our Creative Curriculum topic of Toys. We will be looking at what modern toys are made from and the properties of various materials which make them suitable (or unsuitable) for use. 

Our current creative curriculum topic is Toys and we have brought in toys from home to compare with toys that our grandparents might have played with.  

In other computing we are learning to navigate our way around the school iPads and laptops. We are learning how to log in to Purple Mash (www.purplemash.com) and will soon be using this site to learning about algorithms and coding. We are also learning about eSafety and keeping safe online.

Our P.E. this term will be dance, in which we are learning to listen to and work with the music, followed by games and we hope to go outside for these as the weather becomes milder.

In R.E. we are taking a factual look at Holy Books from various religions around the World, whilst in P.S.H.E. we are learning about feelings.

Art will explore the using natural objects and we will focus on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, venturing outside to make our own natural art as soon as the first signs of Spring appear on our field!   

Autumn Term Learning

Our current literacy text is: We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Already this term we have used Talk for Writing to analyse and innovate The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and The Little Red Hen. In assembly we performed our own song based on The Little Red Hen.

In numeracy we are looking at: Measures and working with numbers. We have also been investigating 2D and 3D shapes.

Our current science topic is: Animals Including Humans - Before half term we have looked at parts of the body and our five senses. We have also been spotting signs of Autumn and had a great wellie-walk through Whitley Grove. In the second half of the Autumn term we will be looking at the different classifications of animals and the features of each.

Our current creative curriculum topic is: Marvellous Me - We have been thinking about who we are and what makes us individual. We have looked at where we live, both nationally and locally. In art we have studied self-portraits and had a go at paining ourselves in the style of Vincent van Gogh.

In other lessons we have started to look at New Beginnings, both in our own lives and within different cultures and religions. We have learned about our own school code of conduct and how it helps us to learn. Our P.E. is based on developing gymnastic skills and we have been practising our own gymnastic routines. Next half term we will look at performing our displays to music, culminating in our own in-class gymnastics competition between the four houses. 

We continue to focus very much on reading and would encourage children to read at every opportunity. Hopefully you will see some dramatic changes in your children this year and regular reading at home is a sure way to set them up for life.

This has been a very busy first half term, but the children have settled down fantastically. Next half term promises to be just as busy, but also lots of fun. Thank you for all your wonderful support in making sure that the children are in school every day and ready to learn. 

Mr Austin​