Welcome to our class page. We are so happy to welcome the children back after a restful break and are looking forward to the learning ahead. Just a few reminders as we begin our final term: please remember that we have Seesaw as an online way of setting home learning, should your child need to isolate, for homework and communicating with parents/carers, so please feel free to message me directly with any concerns or issues you wish to discuss.
On our class page, you can access the work for your child’s first day of isolation, however, after the first day work will be assigned daily on Seesaw. Our P.E day is on a Friday afternoon. Children can come in to school wearing their P.E kit on this day. Reading books: please ensure children are bringing their books in every day. Mondays and Thursdays are our days for swapping books. Forest school for the final term will be on Wednesday.
I hope you enjoy looking at our class page as much as we enjoy sharing our learning.
Mrs Robinson (Teaching assistant)
Summer term teaching and learning
Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found this half term with our new topic for Summer 2 -Towers, Tunnels and Turrets ! This term, we will explore towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll learn the stories of Rapunzel, The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff and create models inspired by them. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. We’ll find out about the amazing Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
Help your child prepare for this half term:
Towers, tunnels and turrets are everywhere! Why not visit a skyscraper, big wheel or tower? Look at the materials the structure is made of to decide why the materials were chosen. You could also use blocks or stones to create tall towers. How high can you go? Alternatively, play Jenga together and see if you can work out how to make the tower stay strong, even when you have removed some of the blocks!
Some help with home learning:
Our learning so far
This half term we have started all of our wider curriculum lessons linked to a whole new topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers. We have lots of creative and fun lessons planned for the children including visiting animals, a butterfly hunt and making our own wormery.
We will also be looking at animals, including humans, in Science. As part of this we will look at classifying animals, similarities and differences in animals, animals and their babies, minibeasts and habitats as well as comparing animals to humans. In Geography, we will look at the continents, oceans and the UK. In History, we will look at the life of a significant figure-Mary Anning, who was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel. In English we will read a variety of animal themed stories, including The tiger who came to tea and Dear Zoo. As part of our Design technology project we will design and create a new tiger food. In Maths, we will be continuing to work on place value up to 50. In RE, we will be looking at spiritual belonging and in PSHCE we will be looking at Keeping healthy, as well as how we can develop resilience and overcome loss. Music this half term will focus on using our imagination.
Our learning week beginning 26th April
This week we have visited the library and enjoyed an independent reading session. We have also started Place value to 50 in maths, so we have been taking part in practical maths lessons using resources and maths apparatus. We also took part in a butterfly hunt in Science, as we learnt about camouflage and animal adaptations for their habitats.
Our learning, week beginning 19th April
In our Oral communication lessons we look at ways in which we can develop our speaking and listening skills. This week we used a talk table that allowed us to immerse ourselves in an imaginary Zoo with our own characters based on our class story.
In Science, we took our learning outdoors and classified animals into different groups.
In Design and technology, we are designing a new pet food for a tiger. We started the topic this week by looking at different types of pet food packaging and how it is designed to appeal to pet owners.
We have a lovely and welcoming learning environment, in which our children have lots of areas to help engage them and develop their learning. We have working walls, that we change every half-term, and we use them to display the teaching and learning.
Useful information and websites
We teach phonics daily in our class. Children are placed in storybook groups and all of their reading and writing is taught in this lesson. We also teach speedy sound lessons in the afternoon. The following films will help your child to practise their sounds.
Set 1 sounds:
Set 2 sounds:
Set 3 sounds:
In class, we teach reading using Reading Gems. We teach a new reading skill every week. At the end of the week, we crown a reading King or Queen, that has been reading at home often or has impressed with their application of reading skills in class. Children will receive a crown as their reading reward and a chance to have a ‘throne’ to sit on for the week. Please ensure children are bringing their books in to be swapped. Mondays and Thursdays are our days for swapping books but children should bring their book in every day so that we can read with your child in school, and see that they are reading at home. Please try to read at least 3 times a week with your child for at least 10 minutes.
Using the link below, you can find reading books that match your child’s book band for online reading books. We have access to an online library for your children to enjoy.