Class teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Smith
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||Indoor Games|
|10:50-11:35||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds|
Self Initiated Learning
|1:20-2.30||Music||Understanding the World - Science||Enrichment: French||Art and Design||PSED/RE
|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 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 Smith and parent helpers.
This term our topic is Space. 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 explore:
- 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. Each week the children will be learning two or three new sounds, which will be ‘two letters, one sound’ or ‘three letters, one sound’. Each session consists of a quick revision of the previously taught sounds and jingles, learning the new sound and jingle, practising writing it, and applying the new sound to words and phrases.
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.
Maths is taught four days a week. Every week we will have a different focus all of which builds 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 focus on:
- Recognising numbers from 10 to 20 and beyond
- Comparing more and less
- Weight and balance
- Direction and instruction
- Problem solving
Understanding the World
This term our topic is Space. Each week the children will work in groups to carry out their activities. The children will be:
- Researching facts about the moon
- 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.
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 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
We will also be going on Welly Walks to look for signs of Spring and continue our learning about Space.
Art and Design
This term Art and Design will be taught by Mrs Smith on a Thursday afternoon. The children will study the work of Wassily Kandinsky. They will begin to analyse and discuss forms of art and attempt to recreate some exciting pieces! Like Kandinsky, the children will be representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art.
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
This term’s enrichment is French. Mrs Wolsey will lead activities and games with the children so they can experience some simple French words and phrases.