Here we are in the third and final term of the school year! Mrs Evans, Miss Simpson and I have really noticed how grown up everyone is, physically, emotionally and academically!
Somehow, everything starts to slot into place, the reading is more fluent, writing is detailed and number recognition comes more naturally! We still have the longest term to go, and I am sure that you will see even more dramatic progress in your own child.
The whole school topic is World of Gardens and as you know, we have a few exciting trips and visits planned. For the first half term though we will be focussing on plant life, gardening ( not to mention tadpoles, caterpillars and investigating how stems take water to the leaves and flowers!!) which have certainly piqued the interest of many of the children in Class One!
Reading and Writing skills.
Mrs Evans’ phonics group are half way through revising some aspects of Phase 3 before moving onto phase four after the half term. My group have finished phase 5 and I have assessed the children in terms of ability to read the phase 5 words and the ability to spell the same words. In order to achieve phase 5, we need a success rate of 70% or above. As you would expect some children have achieved this and some have not. So, for the rest of this term I have informally split the group, teaching both groups the same phonemes, spending time to consolidate with the children who did not achieve 70% ( group 1) and extending the difficulty of words and associated tasks with group 2. This way the whole year group will be ready to start the Year 2 programme with Mrs Sweetman in September.
Nursery children continue to learn new sounds and enjoy stories and rhymes each morning with Miss Simpson.
The Year One Children will sit their Phonics Screening check week commencing 11th June. I keep this as low key and fun as possible!
The Class 1 Curriculum
The whole school learning context is World of Gardens.
For the Year One children this will involve Geography. Mapping skills – Continents, Oceans, Longitude and Latitude, Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Meridian time lines and Equator. Human and Physical Features – Mountains, Forests, Hills, Sea. River, Volcanoes, Seasons and Weather. Rainforests. Computing Making a digital card. PSHE Recycling, Litter, Pollution. Information Posters and leaflets. Art Painting, Collage, Sketching, Sculpture, Works of: Van Gogh, Monet and Gaugin, Cumberland show work. RE Christianity. St Kentigern’s Church. The Creation Story. Science Scientific Investigations, Plants Life cycles of plants, Seed dispersal, Structures of flowering plants. PE Athletics – Running, Discus & Javelin.
Team games – Rounders, tennis, Hockey, Cricket & Football. D&T Fairtrade: Royal Wedding Garden Party. Healthy Eating. Music Making and playing instruments. Composing.
In literacy I am extending the Year Ones to write longer pieces of writing with accurate punctuation ( . , ! ?) and joining words (and, because, but, then, after). I expect the pupils to read through their own work and look for and amend errors! In Maths we will be tackling problem solving, division and fractions!
I am also focussing on reading and writing of numbers (words and digits) to 20 and beyond.
For Reception and Nursery, I have tried to link their topics with the whole school theme and so for the second half term our theme will be Under the Sea!
Expectations for the Reception children are once again raised in readiness for their final term. I will be focussing on sentence construction and neat and accurate letter formation. Ideally, I would like all Reception children to be able to write short captions and simple sentences which contain capital letters and full stops by the end of the year. Reading underpins all other learning at this vital stage and so please continue with the good work of hearing your child read every night and sharing a love of books and stories!
In maths we will be encouraging neat recording of simple addition and subtractions, number bonds to 10 and beyond, counting and recognising digits beyond 20! We have also begun counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to 100 and back!
I appreciate that this sounds intensive but as I am sure you are aware, we do have lots of fun and hands on practical activities to facilitate this learning!
We are very much committed to our Forest School activities which will take place once a week, usually on Thursday or Friday mornings. Please ensure that your child has waterproof/spare trousers, a warm coat and wellies in school at all times for these and other exciting outdoor learning opportunities.
Dot the Dog is back!
Dot the Dog is really looking forward to visiting you at home and once returned to school your child will love telling the rest of the class all about their adventures!
Class One will have Football/Multiskills with Rowan each Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has suitable outdoor PE kit and trainers in school.
New to Reception
I will hold a meeting for parents of children who are starting Reception in September on Thursday 28th June. Your child can stay in the classroom whilst we discuss, routines, expectations, and any concerns or queries you may have. The meeting will start at 2.30pm, so if your child is in Nursery that day they are welcome to stay for the whole day.
More information will follow nearer to the event.
I am really looking forward to meeting up with you at the Summer Parents’ Evening, in July. You will have the opportunity to look at some of your child’s work and have a 10-minute confidential appointment with me. In the interim, Mrs Evans, Miss Simpson and I are always available for a chat at the start or the end of any day and we would urge you to come in and see us at your earliest convenience should you have any concerns, or questions about what is happening at school.
Going For Gold
I have assessed all the children against their going for Gold targets, and certificates have been sent home. If your child still has a Silver target outstanding, please help them to practise and I will assess again shortly.
Thank you for taking the time to read such a lengthy letter!