Spring 1 2019 in Great Links
We are Super Humans
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
Great Links had a fantastic start to the academic year. The Autumn term saw the class settle as a group, develop new learning powers and find their feet in Key Stage One. The Spring Term is always very exciting, with lots of growth in confidence to explore, take on new challenges, showcase new and developing skills and demonstrate stamina for learning.
Our topic theme for the whole of the Spring Term will grow from our Science focus ‘Animals including Humans’. During the first half of the term our focus will be on humans and then the study of animals in more detail after February half term. When working scientifically we will be developing our skills to interpret and report on the information and facts we discover as well as evaluate new investigations into our own growth, development and health.
At the end of the Autumn Term the children worked together and discussed what they would like to explore and learn linked to the title ‘Super Human’. We have displayed all of the children’s ideas and interests in the classroom and this will be the starting point for our topic based learning for the next 6 weeks. The children want to explore the human body and how it works. We will study growth and development from babies through to adults. Explore healthy living and the super powers we have as humans. We will use, apply and develop our measuring skills and learn how to record and interpret the data we collect.
As we move through the topic the children want to explore real life super heroes and the roles they take in our everyday community. We will also allow our imaginations to run free creating super heroes within narrative. To enrich the children’s learning we are planning for a range of guest to come in to school to share their super human qualities, expertise and experiences.
Our writing will be linked to our topic focus, including a range of genres, non-fiction (chronological and non-chronological), letters and narrative.
Maths this term will see us continuing with a focus on Addition and Subtraction moving on to Multiplication and Division. Where possible we will make contextual links to our topic, helping the maths to be real and purposeful. The Y1’s will revisit Place Value and Number ensuring they are securely embedding their number knowledge when problem solving and reasoning.
Our creative curriculum will offer opportunities for the children to explore levers and sliders in design and technology. The children will take a look at some of Picassos work and develop portrait drawing skills. ICT will focus on developing coding and programming, building on skills for animation linked to our topic focus. During our music sessions we will experiment with chants and vocal effects, body percussion and performance.
PSHE is very holistic within the class and we try our best to discuss and share matters as they arise. We will be developing our understanding and strategies to really know ourselves and this will be complemented with our term of yoga, an opportunity to be still and reflective. Threaded through all areas of our learning this term will be one element of our School Values ‘responsibility’. During RE the children will explore and dig deeper in their understanding and interpretations of the Trinity.
PE days will continue to be on a Wednesday (Yoga) and Thursday (Football) afternoon. Please ensure your child has a PE kit to change into for each session.
This term I will be teaching Great Links four full days (excluding Thursday) when the children will have Mrs Powell in the morning and Mrs Hobbs for Art in the afternoon. This will free up Mrs Powell to work with the Year 6 children in readiness for their end of year assessments.
We ask that you continue to support your child to read and practise their weekly spellings. The test will take place on a Thursday this term. Reading regularly with your child plays a huge part in their overall development. Opportunities to change books throughout the week take place and you are very welcome to come into the class to help your child choose a new book at the start or end of the day. Key ring common exception words for reading and spelling need to be secure for you child at the end of the year, assessed half termly.
Our Early Bird reading was such a success last term that it would be great to continue. I would like to change the day to a Friday morning starting at the slightly earlier time of 8.50am.
An exciting term ahead!
Autumn term one in Great Links Tor
Through exploration, questioning and learning this term we will be linking Science, History, Geography and Art to step back in time and discover what the Romans did for us! We will study the land they concord and explore the culture, foods, engineering and lives they lived so long ago. We will develop our existing knowledge and understanding of materials familiar to us and learn about different way materials were used in Roman Britain and make comparisons with the every uses of materials today.
Our class art and design work will link to the Romans we study as well link to our Science focus of Uses of Everyday Materials.
In our writing this term the first focus text is What happens when … by Delphine Chedru . We will be growing as writers and developing specific key skills to help compose and develop thoughts and ideas into structured sentences.
We will have our daily phonic sessions to help us secure our phonics knowledge for reading and writing as well as develop our understanding of spelling patterns and rules. Reading will continue to be an important part of our daily learning. All children will have the opportunity to read to an adult during the week as well as read as part of a group to help develop our book talk and comprehension skills.
In our focussed daily maths sessions we will be developing our existing knowledge and understanding of number and place value in a range of contexts and using many physical manipulatives to represent our work. We will continue to develop and secure our mental maths skills, using and applying number knowledge to problem solve and build on ideas, connecting patterns to help us become resilient and successful mathematicians, confident to take on challenge.
During our RE studies and Collective Worships we will be learning about Sikhism, harvest festival and also Christmas (What is means to different people around the world). We will explore also continue to explore Bible Stories and link these to our core Christian Values of Kindness, Respect and Responsibility. In Music we will be learning about music which makes us feel different emotions and this will be linked to our topic of Romans and we will also be learning to sing and perform a variety of harvest music for our Harvest celebration. Our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Development) topic is Managing Feelings and Understanding the feelings of others and also look at friendships. Every Wednesday & Thursday afternoon we have PE and will have coaches in to run sessions on Zumba and Football. Please could PE kits be in school for these sessions.
Welcome to Brentor Class!
Welcome to Brentor Class. This bright and colourful classroom is home to our Year 1 and 2 Pupils. Our class teachers are Mrs Powell and Mrs Sutherland and our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Dawkins.
Home learning and support
Helping your child learn to read and spell
When your child joins Key Stage 1 they will be given a reading book and a reading record. At times during the year they will also be given individual reading targets to help them develop and progress in their reading skills.
Reading books are grouped by difficulty into coloured book bands. This allows the children to choose books that are suited to their reading development. As their reading improves they will move up through the coloured bands.
Just as a toddler walks at different times, children learn to read a different speeds. Try not to worry if some of your child’s friends are reading books from a different book band. Some children read very quickly and then plateau. Others start slowly and then progress at in incredible speed.
The reading record is a reading diary logging all the books that your child has read. Each time you read with your child, please write down any comments you may have.
Homework folder and changing books
Every child in Brentor Class will bring home a homework folder, with their reading book and reading record in it. Please ensure your child brings their folder to school every day. Children will be given the opportunity to read 1 to 1 with an adult and as part of a group read (book talk) during the week.
In Brentor Class your child will have an informal written spelling test every Friday. The spelling book will come home each day in their homework folder. Please support your child in learning these spellings. There is a government expectation that children can spell a group of common exception words at the end of each year. These are the spellings in the dark font on the spelling list.
Find a routine of practising the spellings that suits your child. Help your child to read and recognise the spellings each week as this will really help them to embed and secure the spelling of them. It maybe that they spell them verbally to you. They can practise writing them with pens/pencils on paper or use magnetic letters on the fridge. Most importantly make it enjoyable and fun.
· Read with your child as frequently as possible
· Keep reading time relaxed and good fun
· Make sure there are no distractions, for example turn the television off
· Concentrate on having fun and grasping the meaning of the book, rather than insisting on absolute accuracy
· Encourage your child to use their phonic knowledge to sound out difficult words. Not all words are decodable/phonetical and just have to be learnt, we call these tricky words
· Use the pictures, they give clues as to what is happening and will enable your child to work out what a new word means
· If your child is struggling, read the book to them first or take over the reading yourself. Let the teacher know by writing in the reading record
· Talk about the plot, character and other similar stories. If your child is reading an information book explore the contents and index and discuss how the facts are set out in the book. What have they found out whilst reading?
· If your child is enjoying a book and wishes to keep the book for another night or has struggled and needs to re-read the book then just note it in their reading record.
· Don’t correct too quickly. Let them have a go first, encourage them to sound out, look at the pictures or use the context of the book to work out the word.
· If your child substitutes a word that still makes sense in the context of the story (ie house for home) don’t correct them.
· NEVER become exasperated by your child’s reading. It is quite common for a child not to recognise a word that they read quite easily on the previous page.
· Plough on with a book your child is not interested in. read something else and ask to change the book the next day.
· Make your child read when they are overly tired
· Insist that the whole book is read in one session. If you and your child are enjoying a book take time to re-read it and talk about why they have enjoyed it, what have they learnt.
If you have any queries about your child’s reading or spelling progress, or the type of book they are reading, please don’t hesitate to speak to us.
Try out some of the strategies at home
Use your eyes
Use your hand
Use your brain
Use your ears
Use your friend
Brentor Summer Planning
Summer term 1 in Brentor Class
Through exploration, questioning and learning this term we will be linking Science, History, Geography and Art to step back in time and discover the inspirations that sparked Charles Darwin’s interest for animals. We will map out the adventures he had, his travels around the world and explore and learn from the discoveries he made. We will develop our existing knowledge and understanding of animals familiar to us and learn about different animal groups, their features and habitats. Our class art and design work will link to the animals we study as well link to the story book we are focusing on for our writing.
In our writing this term the first focus text is Wanted: The perfect pet by Fiona Roberton. We will be growing as writers and developing specific key skills to help structure a narrative and writing for effect. We will continue to have our daily phonic sessions to help us secure our phonics knowledge for reading and writing as well as develop our understanding of spelling patterns and rules. Reading will continue to be an important part of our daily learning. All children will have the opportunity to read to an adult during the week as well as read as part of a group to help develop our book talk and comprehension skills.
In our focussed daily maths sessions we will be developing our existing knowledge and understanding of fractions in a range of contexts including shapes and numbers. We will explore measures including mass, length, capacity and time. We will continue to secure our mental maths skills, using and applying number knowledge to problem solve and build on ideas, connecting patterns that we already know to help us become resilient and successful mathematicians, confident to take on challenge.
During our RE studies and Collective Worships we will be learning about the life and teachings of Jesus. We will explore Bible Stories and link these to our core Christian Values of Kindness, Respect and Responsibility. In Music we will be learning about music from around the world and learning to sing and perform a variety of music which we hope to share with you later in the term. Our PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) topic is ‘Knowing Myself’ and this will explore how our emotions and how we manage and respect them. Every Thursday & Friday afternoon we have PE and will have coaches in to run sessions on cricket and athletics. Please could PE kits be in school for these sessions.