Class teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair
Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Sheppard (pm)
|9:10-9:40||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Outdoor Athletics|
|10:50-11:35||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Voice Tuition|
|11:35-12:00||Literacy||Literacy||Literacy||Letters and Sounds|
|1:20-2.30||Understanding the World: Geography||Understanding the World: Science||Enrichment: Dance||Art and Design||PSED/RE
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 6: Healthy Bodies
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, and story. The children share their own relevant experiences as well as applying phonic knowledge to read the words. This is also the time where individual children read to Mrs Dale, Mrs Blair and parent helpers.
This term our literacy work will focus on the topic of Healthy Bodies. We will be exploring the Funnybones stories by Allan and Janet Ahlberg, a selection of non-fiction books on diet and exercise, and some traditional tales with a ‘healthy’ twist. The children will continue to apply what they are learning in Letters and Sounds in order to segment words for writing, creating whole sentences. Through independent writing opportunities and guided writing we will be:
- Producing instructions
- Creating lists
- Writing our own stories in the style topic books
- Generating creative descriptions of surroundings
- Composing bossy commands
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 spell 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 etc).
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.
Maths is taught four days a week. Each week our maths focus builds on practical 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, during our maths sessions, we will be:
- Counting forward in order to add to quantities
- Counting back in order to subtract a quantity
- Learning to recognise the value of different coins
- Exchanging coins for the equivalent amount of pennies
- Understanding the properties of 3D and 2D shapes
- Learning the days of the week and months of the year
Understanding the World
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. There will also be sessions relating to geography. The children will be:
- Using maps to find our way around school
- Creating our own maps
- Finding out about the famous features of London
- Exploring the use of our senses
- Discovering ways to keep ourselves healthy
Each day the children will have the opportunity to use a variety of digital devices either through maths, literacy and science or as part of their self-initiated learning. The children will be developing their computing skills using BeeBots, laptops and iPads. They will focus on a range of skills, for example:
- Logging onto the laptops and selecting folders, files and programs.
- Drawing with a mouse and writing with a keyboard
- Giving instructions to BeeBots
- Using and completing software activities.
This term we will be focusing on Athletics, we will be on the field 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
- Throwing underarm and aiming at a target
Art and Design
This term the children will be creating self portraits. They will begin to analyse and discuss forms of art, making their own exciting pieces! The children will:
- Experiment with colour, texture and design.
- Learn to safely use a variety of tools.
- Talk about their art work and others.
PSED and RE
We will have circle times which will explore how to reflect on who we are and our achievements. We will discuss what special means and talk about what makes us special, things that are special to us and others, at home, in Warminster and around the world. This will encourage and support their skills of personal reflection and talking about themselves and others in a positive way.
We are really looking forward to welcoming Caroline back to Auckland Class for voice tuition on Friday mornings. Caroline teaches the children a variety of traditional and contemporary songs, incorporating rhythms, actions and rounds.
Enrichment for Term 6 will be dance with Mrs Poolman.