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|
|11:25-12:00||Literacy||Literacy||Literacy||Understanding the World: History|
|1:20-2.30||Understanding the World: Geography||Understanding the World: Science||Enrichment: Outdoor PE||Art and Design||PSHE|
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 6: All About Us!
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 the topic of ourselves and healthy bodies. We will be exploring the Funnybones stories by Allan and Janet Ahlberg, a selection of topical fiction and some non-fiction books on diet and exercise. 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 of 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 continue Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will be learning to read the 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.
Please continue to refer to the Link Book for information on the sounds and words that your child needs to use in their reading and writing.
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:
- Practising counting forward in order to add quantities
- Practising counting back in order to subtract a quantity
- Learning to count in 2s to 20, 5s to 50 and 10s to 100
- Recognising the value of different coins
- Exchanging coins for the equivalent amount of pennies
- Understanding the properties of 3D and 2D shapes
Understanding the World
This area of the curriculum covers science, geography and history, as well as cultural and religious knowledge.
This term our topic of ‘All About Us’ will focus both on the human body and the local environment. We will also be comparing our area with that of the city of London and appreciating the number of countries around our 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 and history. The children will be:
- Using maps to find their way around school
- Creating maps of familiar journeys
- Finding out about the famous features of London
- Exploring the use of our senses
- Discovering ways to keep ourselves healthy
- Thinking about how we differ from others
- Comparing objects that have changed through time
Each day the children will have the opportunity to use a variety of digital devices either through maths, literacy, geography 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 practising and extending a range of skills using different equipment outside. We will be developing a variety of skills through different activities and games through athletics and outdoor games. The children will be:
- Extending their awareness of others and space around them
- Increasing their skills of managing direction and speed and using them for a purpose
- Practising catching and throwing a variety of objects
- Improving their skills of balance whilst both stationary and moving
- Enhancing their team skills and sporting values
As we will have our whole school Sport’s Day this term we will be preparing to participate in this. We will be practising the races and activities so we can try our best on the day.
Art and Design
This term the children will be creating self portraits. We will be looking at the features we need to include.
The children will be developing their artistic skills by
- exploring different art medium
- using a variety of tools, materials, textures and colours.
- using their imagination to create their own artwork
- describing their work to others.
PSED and RE
This term we will be thinking about objects and places that are special to us and what they mean to us.
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 justice means which will give the children an opportunity to understand the concept of being fair and recognise the opportunities to display the value. This will encourage and support their skills of personal reflection and talking about themselves in a positive way.