Class Teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair
Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Phelps
|9:10-9:40||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work|
|11:05-11:25||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Voice Tuition|
|11:25-12:00||Literacy||Literacy||Literacy||11.35 Letters and Sounds|
|1:20-2.30||PE: Dance and Drama||Understanding the World: Science and DT||Enrichment: French||Outdoor Games and Welly Walks||PSED/RE Story|
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 2: Percy the Park Keeper
Early Morning Work
Our early morning work consists of guided group reading, individual reading and independent activities, for example, use of the role play area, reading corner, outside area and laptops. The guided group reading is led by Mrs Phillips. This involves sharing a book using multiple copies of the same text and discussing the features of the book, punctuation, story and the children’s own relevant experiences, as well as applying phonic knowledge to read the words. This is also the time where individual children are heard to read by Mrs Dale, Mrs Blair and parent helpers. A group of children each day will spend a short time practising their number skills.
This term our topic is ‘Percy the Park Keeper’, therefore, our literacy lessons will stem mostly from the stories written by Nick Butterworth.
The children will continue to apply what they are learning in Letters and Sounds in order to segment and form letters to write words, phrases and whole sentences. This term we will explore:
- Story mapping and retelling parts of a story
- List writing
- Using the laptops to type captions
- Fact writing
We will also explore and learn about woodland animals, nocturnal animals, different types of trees and, at the end of the term, the Christmas story.
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds (or phonics) is taught four times a week. The sessions last around 20 minutes. This term we will begin phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will continue to learn the sound and shape of individual letters in the order which encourages quick succession to blending. We will be exploring the early stages of segmenting for writing and blending for reading.
In week 3, we will be learning the first of our blends. As with the individual sounds, these have a jingle in order to help your child remember the phoneme and the letters involved. In all there are four consonant blends and fourteen vowel blends to learn. We will also learn the letter names and consolidate the sounds already learnt. The children will continue to bring home weekly mini-books until all of these blends have been covered.
Each Letters and Sounds lesson is broken down into four sections: revising previously taught sounds, teaching a new sound, practising writing and reading the sound, and applying the sound to read and write words and phrases. This structure provides a sound routine that the children quickly get used to and enjoy.
Every week we will have a different maths focus, all of which builds on problem solving, reasoning, shape, space and measure and key number skills. Whilst the children are learning independently there are other opportunities outside of mathematics lessons where they can develop their skills and understanding. This term, during our maths sessions, we will focus on:
- ordering numbers and quantities
- simple addition and subtraction
- one more and one less
- 2D and 3D shape
- sequencing and repeating patterns
Understanding the World
This area of learning broadly covers science, geography, history and culture. As part of our topic, we will be exploring and identifying the common materials around us. We will also be thinking about material properties and how this can help Percy to stay dry in his hut! The children will be developing their skills by
- carrying out their own practical investigations
- making verbal predictions and explaining what they have noticed
- exploring the materials around us using our senses
- using materials to create a hut for Percy.
There are a variety of digital devices available in school and the children use these during their self-initiated learning and through maths and literacy activities. The laptops are accessible at all times and we will also be exploring the iPads and the BeeBot floor robots.
- using a mouse to draw, drag and drop
- inputting commands into a floor robot
- creating scenes with 2Simple software by selecting objects and activities
- exploring simple iPad apps
- using software to draw and write.
Each week the children take part in two PE sessions, one outside in the playground or on the village field, the other in the village hall. This term the children will be taking part in outdoor games and indoor dance and drama. We will be developing co-ordination and movement and a general awareness of space and others around us. Through outdoor games the children will be:
- improving their throwing and catching skills
- playing a range of target activities using a variety of PE equipment
- taking part in co-operative team games
During Dance and Drama the children will be;
- listening to several pieces of music and composing their own dance to accompany the music
- thinking about different woodland animals and how they move
- imitating movements through dance
- using their imagination and building confidence.
We will also be using this opportunity to go on some Autumn Welly Walks.
Art and Design
This term we will be finding out about the artist Andy Goldworthy and looking at his work using natural art. The children will collect and explore natural materials. They will then use these materials to create their own patterns, pictures and art pieces similar to that of Andy Goldworthy.
The children will be developing their artistic skills by
- understanding what an artist is
- exploring a variety of natural materials
- understanding that different media can be combined to create new effects
- using their imagination to create their own artwork
- describing their work to others.
PSED and RE
In term 2 we will be learning about giving and receiving gifts; saying ‘thank you’. This will lead up to learning about Christmas and why we celebrate it. We will also continue having circle times to support the children’s understanding of the class rules. Circle time is a time for the children to reflect on the outcomes and events of the week in order to make positive relationships within the class and to develop their own self-confidence and awareness by:
- listening to what others say
- asking appropriate questions of others
- speaking confidently to others about their own interests
- being aware of their behaviour towards others
Voice tuition will be delivered by Caroline Radcliffe every Friday morning. The children will learn about rhythm, pitch and patterns in music through simple songs. This will foster a love of singing and develop confidence in performing within in the class.