Foundation and Years 1 & 2: Branwen
WHAT ARE WE COVERING THIS TERM?
Want to find out about our topics this term, our homework, reading diary and other important information? See what our classes are doing and help them at home:
I hope you have had a lovely summer and I’m sure you are ready to get back into a school routine!
This terms topic is ‘Transport’ and our 3 key questions we will be answering are:
1. What is your favourite transport?
2. How does it move?
3. How did we travel a long time ago?
Our class text is Mrs Armitage on Wheels and we will be having a lot of fun with this story, making and creating parts of the story and using it to introduce our forces topic in science. We will be having a ‘Bring a bike to school day’ where pupils can bring in their bike or scooter and pupils will be given the opportunity to ride their bikes in Forest School. In Forest School we will be looking into forces and what makes a push and a pull. Pupils will be using natural resources to make things move.
In Literacy pupils will be writing stories and we will be learning Mrs Armitage through Pie Corbett style story retelling. Pupils will also be writing labels and captions for our class display and an advert to advertise their own wheeled invention.
In Numeracy we will be learning properties of 2D and 3D shape. In addition to this we will be learning to repeat a pattern using colours, shape, transport and numbers. We will be looking at the number system to 5,10,20 and 100. Pupils will be using addition and subtraction to work out number facts practically and through mental recall. Pupils will be going on a traffic survey in Nannerch and will be recording down the results in order to compile a bar graph or pictogram.
Our P.E this term will be on a Wednesday and we will focus on Games outside until half term. There after will be gymnastics and dance inside.
Forest school will be on Thursday afternoons with our first session starting on 14th September. Please remember forest school clothes (outdoor weather/waterproof clothing and wellies. Bring your bike to school day will be on the 21st September. We have bikes and 3 wheeled trikes at school for any child who doesn’t have one at home so please don’t worry.
Our school trip is currently being organised so we will send you the date and information soon.
Please come and see one of us if you need to ask anything and we look forward to another great year ahead!
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People Who Help us & Florence Nightingale
SPRING TERM 2017
This term our topic will be People Who Help us and we will be specifically looking at the life of a very famous lady Florence Nightingale. We will use Florence’s life to help us write diaries from the past and this will link into our Literacy work this term.
In Numeracy we will be looking at Data Handling and using data to sort, count and understand. This will be done through tally charts, sorting, pictograms, block graphs and diagrams. We are also looking at fractions, symmetry and time this term. Fractions will support our understanding when we learn half past and quarter past/to on a clock. Pupils will be learning to tell the time using 24 hour clock.
In number this term pupils will be adding and subtracting large and small numbers using tens and units and using a variety of mental and written strategies to work these out.
In Science we will be looking into materials and their properties and finding a suitable material for Florence when she needs to stay warm at night and dry whilst in the rain outside. Younger pupils will be deciding what floats and sinks and finding out what people do when they help from the police, paramedics and doctors. We will also be investigating dark and light and will be making lamps like the one Florence used to use at night when she nursed the soldiers.
Forest School will be back once the weather dries up and I will inform you of our start date after half term.
P.E kits to be left on your child’s peg please. We are covering gymnastics this term so no trainers or pumps are needed.
Games club will continue on a Thursday after school until 3.30pm. We will be doing games in the classroom so no outdoor kit needed.
AUTUMN TERM 2016
This terms topic is called ‘Africa’ and it will help the pupils understand the geographical features of a country far away. Pupils will be learning about the different types of homes in which people live in and homes which animals live in. We will be comparing our lives to children in Africa, in particular Kenya.
In Numeracy we will be sorting using more than one criteria based on African animals and also through finding solutions to problems that face children in Kenya. We will be looking at pattern, symmetry and shape using African designs.
In Literacy pupils will be learning the story of ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and will learn this orally in ready for their story writing. Pupils will also be writing a variety of genre this term such as, lists, captions, stories and information booklets.
Pupils will continue to learn ‘Speed Sounds’ three times a week which will support the pupils reading and spelling through the year. Guided reading is planned to support pupils reading skills using the 8 behaviours of reading. Pupils will have three guided reading sessions a week, followed by an individual read with a member of staff on a Friday. We encourage pupils to read as much as they can at home
Forest school will encompass habitats and African life which enhances our Geography and Science curriculum. Please remember Forest school clothes and wellies on Thursdays.
P.E will be on Wednesday afternoons. P.E kits to be left in school on your childs peg as P.E may sometimes change.
If you would like to know any more please come and ask!
Spring Term: ‘Water’ - Foundation and Year 1
This term our topic is ‘Water’. We will be exploring big key questions:
Where do we find water?
Where does it come from?
What can we do with water?
What lives in and around water?
This topic will be to explore pupils understanding of where water comes from and supporting them with a simple understanding of the water cycle. We will explore what we can do with water and how important it is to us and the living world around us. We will be using some beautifully illustrated texts to support our reading and understanding of water.
Pupils will need to bring in a small plastic boat in from home during the week of 2nd May. Details to follow!
In Numeracy we are learning how to measure using capacity. Vocabulary we will be using: Full, empty, nearly full, half full/empty. How many cups fill the jug with water? How do we know which container holds the most sand? Estimate and work out how many jugs of water it takes to sink the boat. Some of our older pupils will begin using standard units of measure (millilitres, litres).
In our Role Play area we will be selling tickets to go dolphin watching on boat rides and pupils will be using money to add, subtract and use change from 5p, 10p and 20p. Pupils will be learning to tell the time using the analogue clock, o’clock and half past in order to book onto their boat rides. In number pupils will be doubling, halving and learning even and odd numbers.
In Literacy we will be learning how to write a recount. This will be based on our Easter news. We will be using the ‘w’ key words to help us (who, what when, where). We will be writing stories using the text ‘Billy's Bucket’ to learn through Talk for Writing process. We will be learning how to use connectives in our sentences and will continue to use capital letters and full stops in the correct places.
In Forest School we will focus on water and pond dipping as well as making rain gauges and recording how much rain has fallen in a week. Forest School begins on Tuesday 19th April. Please ensure pupils bring to school their waterproofs, warm clothes and wellingtons.
PE will continue on Wednesdays and we will be outside this term. Please ensure PE kits are left on your child’s peg and trainers or pumps will be needed.
We are looking forward to another busy and exiting term and welcome our new Early Entitlement pupils to Nursery!
Spring Term: People of the Past - ‘Castles’
This term we will be focusing on a historical element of the curriculum and we will be asking the children 3 key questions, What is a Castle? Who Lives in a Castle? What was it like living in a castle many years ago?
Pupils will be engaging in role play from Castle life and will be using their own ideas to make a castle in our classroom. Pupils will use mind maps to show what they already know about Castles and this is what we will build the topic from.
We will be looking at persuasive writing this term and one of our class texts is Jack and the beanstalk. We will be writing letters to the giant to persuade him to let Jack go and we will be writing wanted posters to find the Giant when he disappears up the beanstalk!
In Numeracy we will be focusing on measurement, money and number. Pupils will be involved in a whole school Numeracy project this term which will encompass skills that they have been learning in Maths.
In PE we continue on Thursdays and we will be developing our gymnastic skills and using small apparatus to aid our travelling and body schooling.
Forest School will resume once the ground hardens up, it is muddy at the moment, so I will let you know as soon as we can begin our outdoor adventures again!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to come and ask!
Autumn Term: Out of this world - ‘Where do we Live?’
This terms topic is called ‘Where do we live’ and it will help the pupils understand the geographical features of their home and school village.
Pupils will be learning about the different types of homes in which people live in and homes which animals live in.
In Numeracy we will be looking to see what is in our school village of Nannerch and make and follow simple maps from various points. Pupils will use simple co-ordinates to find out where landmarks are using ICT (Beebot) and will be sorting data from a traffic survey they will do from village road. We will also be learning 2D and 3D shapes and linking this to houses and buildings.
In Literacy pupils will be learning the famous text ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and will learn this orally in ready for their story writing. Pupils will also be writing lists, captions and instructions this term. As part of their persuasive writing, pupils will be learning how to write and design a poster. We are developing a builders yard for our role play area in which ‘The Three Little Pigs’ will design, create, discuss, plan and purchase house materials to build their houses strong enough from the wolf!
Pupils will continue to learn ‘Speed Sounds’ every day and do their guided reading in which involves a variety of reading activities.
Forest school will encompass journeys and mapping which enhances our Geography and science curriculum and the text ‘Wind in the Willows’ will support our animal theme outdoors. Please remember Forest school clothes and wellies on Tuesdays.
P.E will be on Wednesday afternoons. P.E kits to be left in school on your childs peg.
If you would like to know any more please come and ask!
End of Year Expectations
Extension Work and Resources
Summer Term: Out of this world - ‘Space’
This terms topic is ‘Out of this World – Space’.
We will be looking at Time this term in our Maths and also light and dark in Science.
In History we will be finding out who the first man on the moon was and how rockets have changed over the years.
In Language, we will be orally learning the story, The little red alien and sequencing the story into the correct order. We will write our own space story and after half term we will be writing letters to our space teddies in ready for a special space party the pupils will organise themselves.
At home you can help your child find out information on space using books, the library and the internet (with parental guidance). Work we will do on ‘Time’ will encompass days of the week, months of the year, seasons and daily, weekly routines and events. Vocabulary can be used such as, yesterday, the day before, the day after, tomorrow, later, now, in a minute and in an hour. Our number work will continue from last term, building on addition and subtraction to 5,10,20 and 50. Pupils will continue to work on place value and the number system to 100.
Our P.E this term will be dance and this as already explained will be led by Newdance in ready for the performance in Theatre Clwyd. Please remember P.E kits every Thursday.
Forest school will encompass journeys and mapping which enhances our Geography curriculum area of learning. Please remember Forest school clothes and wellies on Tuesdays.
The National Space Centre has a wide variety of interactive hands on galleries for your groups to explore during your visit. These galleries contain everything you need to know about Space including: How Stars are formed, What is gravity like on other planets? and what is it like to be an Astronaut? Visit Website
General Online Resources
www.topmarks.co.uk - again, a really useful website that offers a complete range of
activities for all subjects
www.schoolzone.co.uk - parents will have to provide their email address to access this site but it is free and once registered, it offers a good range of interactive games across the curriculum.