Class Teacher - Mrs L Todd
- Mrs L Bentley
- Mrs N Farmery
Spring Term 2019
The whole school theme for this half term is Diggin’it which has a History focus. We are starting an English unit on Traditional Tales; using Jack and the Beanstalk as a main text. We will also use our topic work on Castles to inform our non-fiction writing which will include an information text. Phase Five phonics is going well, and the children will continue to learn the sounds, words and sentences from within the phase. In Maths we will complete our block on addition and subtraction, moving onto shape, before increasing the children’s knowledge of Place Value, by using larger numbers. The Castle topic will involve learning about the History of castles and how archaeology informs out knowledge. We hope to have a visiting archaeologist – more details to follow. Our science focus will be on the Seasons and the Weather.
After half term the school theme has an art focus and is called Picture This. In Maths we will look at measurement: Including height, weight and volume. We will explore the work of John Constable in Art and write him a letter in English. Phase five phonics teaching will continue to support reading and writing but also prepare your child for the phonics screening test at the beginning of the summer term. Geography will involve continuing previous work on Our Country and look in particular at our school and the local area.
Homework will follow a similar format to last term, with spellings in a separate book. Spellings will continue to support your child’s understanding of sight (tricky) words, which cannot be learned by sounding out. Thank you so much to those parents who are keenly supporting the spelling work at home. I cannot over emphasise the value of this to every child as the only way to learn them is by practise. practise, practise!!
A vital part of your child’s learning at home is reading. Please sign the reading record when you have listened to your child read. The children are expected to read and discuss their book for at least 15 minutes each day with an adult at home. This will also support and develop your child’s phonics knowledge and reading comprehension. Now that the children are becoming more familiar with decoding words it is important to ask your child questions about what they have read to develop their comprehension. For example:
- What is going on in this picture?
- How is the character feeling?
- What is the character doing?
- What do you think will happen next?
- Can you think of another word for _____?
Our PE sessions will take place every Friday, but please do ensure that your child has a full P.E. kit (indoor and outdoor) in school every day. On Fridays please ensure that hair is tied back, and earrings are taken out. As always please ensure that all items are clearly labelled!
Please continue to send in a labelled water bottle each day so that your child has access to water in the classroom.
If you have questions concerning any of the above or wish to meet with either of us regarding your child, please make an appointment at the office.
I look forward to an exciting term ahead!