Class Teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Blair
Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (am) and Mrs Phelps
|9:10-9:40||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Early Morning Work||Outdoor Games|
|11:05-11:25||Literacy||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds||Letters and Sounds|
|1:20-2.30||PE: Gymnastics||Understanding the World: Science||Enrichment: Music||Art and Design||PSED/RE Story|
|Singing Worship||Whole School|
Our Topic for Term 3: Dinosaurs
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, 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 topic is ‘Dinosaurs’, therefore, our literacy lessons will focus mainly on scientific and historic facts as well as areas of creative writing.
The children will continue to apply what they are learning in Letters and Sounds in order to segment and form letters to write words, phrases and whole sentences. They will be encouraged to become independent writers through their self-initiated and guided learning. This term we will explore:
- facts about dinosaurs
- list writing
- describing words
- creating our own dinosaur.
The children will also be writing evaluations of their model making and using the laptops to write phrases and sentences.
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 completing 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. The children will continue to bring home weekly mini-books until all of these blends have been covered. We will also learn the letter names.
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.
Every week we will have a different maths focus, all of which builds on problem solving, reasoning, shape, space and measure and key number 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 focus on:
- understanding number values
- simple addition and subtraction
- counting on to add, counting back to subtract
- teen numbers
- comparing size, weight and capacity.
Understanding the World
This area of learning broadly covers science, geography, history and culture. As part of our topic, we will be exploring the life of dinosaurs and the environment they lived in. We will compare this to our own natural surrounding as we look out for seasonal signs and changes. The children will be developing their skills by
- carrying out their own practical investigations
- making verbal predictions and explaining what they have noticed
- exploring textures as we create ‘dinosaur skin’
- creating our own fossils
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, one outside in the playground or on the village field, the other in the village hall. This term the children will be taking part in outdoor games and indoor gymnastics. We will be developing co-ordination and movement and a general awareness of space and others around us. The children will be:
- improving their throwing and catching skills
- playing a range of target activities using a variety of PE equipment
- taking part in co-operative team games
- developing their awareness and negotiation of the space around them
- improving balance, jumping and landing skills
- building confidence when using large apparatus.
We will also be using this opportunity to go on a Winter Welly Walk.
Art and Design
This term the children will be designing and creating our own dinosaurs. They will be using a variety of art materials to create pictures of dinosaurs and designing their own dinosaur land.
The children will be developing their artistic skills by
- exploring different 2D and 3D art materials.
- 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
In term 3 we will be learning about what precious means. We will talking things and people that are special to us and feeling related to this. We will be exploring other cultures such as Chinese New Year. We will also continue having circle times to support the children’s understanding of the class rules. This is a time for the children to reflect on the outcomes and events of the week in order to make positive relationships and to develop their own self-confidence and awareness by:
- listening to what others say
- asking appropriate questions of others
- speaking confidently to others about their own interests
- being aware of their behaviour towards others
Music will be taught through our Enrichment Programme, using the African drums. The children will be:
- developing their understanding of beat and rhythm
- experimenting with loud and soft sounds
- exploring the variety of sounds produced with different instruments
- creating and performing rhythm patterns.