Class Teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair
Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Phelps
|9:40-10:30||Numeracy||Numeracy||Numeracy||Numeracy||Understanding the World: History|
|11:05-11:25||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Voice Tuition|
|11:25-12:00||Literacy||Literacy||Literacy||Letters and Sounds|
|1:20-2.30||Design Technology||Understanding the World: Science||Enrichment: Outdoor PE||Art and Design||Outdoor Learning|
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 4: See How They Grow!
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.
This term our literacy work will focus on our topic, exploring the growing plants and creatures around. We will be exploring the stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Tiny Seed. The children will continue to apply the knowledge and skills they are learning through letters and sounds in order to segment words for writing whole sentences, as well as using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. Through independent writing opportunities and guided writing the children will be:
- retelling stories
- writing character descriptions
- exploring non-fiction writing
- writing instructions
- creating lists
- developing poetry skills
Letters and Sounds
Letters and sounds (or phonics) is taught four times a week, each session lasting around 20 minutes. This term we will begin Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will be learning to read new tricky words and consistently spell the Phase 3 tricky words. Phase 4 is a consolidation phase which aims to enhance the children’s recognition and recall of all previously learned graphemes and support their application to read and write polysyllabic words. It also supports their reading and spelling of words with adjacent consonants or blends (e.g. st, cr, dr, nt, scr).
This term we will also be revisiting the spelling and reading of high frequency words and practising full stops, capital letters and finger spaces for sentence writing. Each session consists of a quick revision of all of the previously taught sounds and some of the jingles, practising a newly learned skill and applying some Phase 3 and 4 sounds and words in reading and writing sentences. This structure provides a sound routine that the children quickly get used to and enjoy.
Please continue to refer to the mini-books that the children have brought home as they will help to practise the decoding words and the recognition of tricky words.
Maths is taught four days a week. Each week our maths focus builds on problem solving, reasoning and numeracy skills using both physical and abstract resources. 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 be:
- Learning how to count on in order to find a total
- Learning how to count back in order to find a remainder
- Practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
- Doubling numbers
- Halving numbers and sharing
Understanding the World
This area of the curriculum covers science, geography and history, as well as cultural and religious knowledge.
This term our topic is ‘See How They Grow’, an exploration of the developing life in our environment. Various science activities are available for the children to explore during their self-initiated learning times, as well as weekly science sessions when the children will work in groups to carry out their activities.
Each week the children will also be studying the local environment and developing their geographical skills as they go. The children will be:
- developing skills in scientific predictions
- growing a variety of plants from seed
- observing the changes involved as a caterpillar turns into a butterfly
- discovering how frogspawn develops into frogs
- exploring the environment for signs of seasonal growth and wildlife
- using and creating simple maps
- looking at familiar objects through time.
- discovering how climate affects us and our surroundings
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 skills using a variety of bats and balls on the playground and field. We will be developing basic motor skills, for example:
- Awareness of others around us
- Making use of the space around us
- Awareness of direction and speed and using them for a purpose
- Bat and ball control: balancing, hitting, aiming
- Throwing underarm and aiming at a target
As part of our Enrichment Programme the children will be taught PE by Mrs Smith on a Wednesday afternoon.
Art and Design
This term the children will be looking at the work of Eric Carle and creating their own pieces of art using his techniques.
The children will be developing their artistic skills by
- creating caterpillars and butterflies
- 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
This term we will be commemorating Anzac Day by making remembrance posies with Nelson Class and placing them on the graves of the WWI soldiers during our church service. The children will be finding out about the importance of this event and how it has affected the life of Sutton Veny.
We will also continue to have circle times which will explore how to reflect on who we are and our achievements. As a link to our worship theme we will discuss what forgiveness means which will give the children an opportunity to recognise their and celebrate their own actions. This will encourage and support their skills of personal reflection and talking about themselves in a positive way.
This term the children will be taking part in Voice Tuition led by Caroline Radcliffe. Through the sessions the children will be
- singing a range of cultural songs
- developing their understanding of the rhythm and the beat of music
- performing actions to songs and rhymes
- enhancing their performance skills as a large or small group or as an individual.