Class Teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair
Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Phelps
|11:05-11:25||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds|
|1:20-2.30||Music||Understanding the World: Science||Enrichment: Yoga||Art and Design||PSED/RE Story|
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 4: Space
Early Morning Work
Our early morning work consists of guided group reading, individual reading and self-initiated learning through activities such as 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, the 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.
Through our topic of space we will be enjoying many fiction and non-fiction books. The children will continue to apply the skills that they are learning in Letters and Sounds in order to segment and form letters to write words, phrases and whole sentences with capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
This term we will:
- Use speech bubbles in our writing
- Use the laptops to research space and look at e-books
- Write new and interesting facts about space
- Write a set of instructions
- Explore story writing
- Learn about and use adjectives for descriptive writing
We will also explore and learn about the different planets in our solar system and other space terminology.
Letters and Sounds
Letters and Sounds (or phonics) is taught four times a week. The sessions last around 20 minutes. This term we will be embedding phase 3 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will continue to revise the sound and shape of individual letters as we learn the vowel and consonant blends required for the early stages of reading and writing.
Please continue to refer to the mini-books that the children have brought home as they will help to practise decoding words and the recognition of tricky words.
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.
Maths is taught four days a week. Every week we will have a focus which will build on problem solving, reasoning and numeracy 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 we will be learning to:
- understand addition and subtraction as part, part, whole
- recognise number bonds to 10
- use counting on and counting back
- appreciate the vocabulary and properties of 3D shapes
- order and measure time
Understanding the World
This area of learning broadly covers science, geography, history and culture. The group activities are carried out as a rotation over four weeks. As part of our topic, we will be exploring space facts and understanding the importance of light.
The children will be developing their skills by:
- Investigating simple electrical circuits
- Using an app on the iPad to look at the positions of the stars
- Discovering how we experience night and day
- Finding out about other planets in our solar system
We will also be going for a village welly walk to discover seasonal changes.
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.
The children will develop their digital skills through:
- using a mouse to draw, drag and drop
- inputting commands to control 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. This term we will be exploring a range of games using different equipment in the hall on Friday mornings. We will be developing basic motor skills, for example:
- Awareness of others around us and space
- Awareness of direction and speed and using them for a purpose
- Ball control; catching, throwing and rolling
- Balancing body and objects
- Throwing underarm and aiming at a target
As part of our Enrichment Programme the children will be taking part in yoga with Mrs Poolman on a Wednesday afternoon.
Art and Design
This term the children will be creating space mobiles, designing and painting their own aliens and making star constellations. They will be using a variety of art materials and medium to create different patterns on their planets.
The children will be developing their artistic skills by
- exploring different art medium
- 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
Our RE will be centred around the theme of Easter for term 4. We will explore the four seasons and look at the features of Spring, learn about the Easter story and what it means to Christians and explore how it is celebrated today.
We will also continue to have circle times which will explore how to reflect on who we are and our achievements. We will discuss what feeling proud means which will give the children an opportunity to recognise their own achievements. This will encourage and support their skills of personal reflection and talking about themselves in a positive way.
This term the children will be using percussion instruments and songs to:
- Play and compose repeating rhythms
- Experiment with loud and soft
- Experience the effect of changes in tempo
- Combine rhythms and sounds