What we are learning about this term in Chester Class.

 

English

To start the term, we will begin with a poetry focus where the children will be using a range of figurative language in their writing. We will then move our focus to alternative endings to traditional tales, changing a narrative and writing recounts. After half term, we will look at a range of texts from Julia Donaldson.

In Reading lessons, the children will study a range of poems and focus on the language used, the effect on the reader and the mood being created with this use of language. They will further develop their understanding of figurative language through our class reads, Jack and the Baked Beanstalk and Can I Join Your Club?

Spellings will continue to be taught in lessons each day and children will be encouraged to practise these wherever possible. We are also taking a firmer approach to handwriting, with 3 sessions a week focused on its development and improvement.

 

Mathematics

In Maths, the children will continue to work through the Maths No Problem scheme of work, focusing on money, shapes, both 2D and 3D, fractions, time, and volume. Children will continue to work on their recall of multiplication facts and children will be using Percy Parker and Jack Hartman songs, along with counting games, to embed their knowledge and recall of these facts. Children will also continue to complete daily Fluency Flashbacks, which will be amended to focus on meeting the children’s needs, as they are identified.

Science

In Science, the children will be studying the human body. Children will learn about the different body parts and their purposes, along with the body’s skeletal system. We will discuss the importance of exercise and diet, to keep us fit and healthy, and work scientifically by observing how our heart’s beats per minute (BPM) changes when we perform activities.
Children will measure their own resting heart rate before they investigate what happens to our BPM when we exercise. Children will build on their investigative skills and their ability to predict and draw conclusions from these investigations.

Wider Curriculum – History

Our focus for the first half term is Mary Seacole. Following on from their Independent Learning, the children will look at key events of Mary’s life, including those after the Crimean War ended. They will take on the role of historians, as they look through different sources of evidence to back up statements about her life and will make an informed opinion on whether the statue of Mary Seacole, unveiled in recent years at St. Thomas’ Hospital, in London, is more deserving than one of Florence Nightingale. The historic study will allow the children to have their own voice and enter the debate about Mary’s significance and how we should best remember her, as they are tasked with writing a letter to the planners advising them as to what to do with the statue: keep it or replace it with Florence or an imaginative alternative!  

Wider Curriculum – Physical Education

In PE, the children will first be focusing on building their dodging skills, both with and without a ball at their feet, as well as tactics within a team game. Children will then move on to working with our PE specialist who will hold lessons for the children where skills are built upon progressively. 

Wider Curriculum – Art & Design Technology

In our Art lessons, children will be learning about Monet and Impressionist painting techniques. They will be creating shade value scales with various materials, before opting for their own technique to recreate sections of a Monet painting, which will be combined to create our Class display. In DT lessons, the children will be learning about materials and will be making their own puppets, in line with what we are reading in our English lessons, which I hope to have them explore retelling the story using a puppet theatre.

Wider Curriculum – Music

Mrs Shakespeare will teach music on a Friday. Pupils will enjoy rhythm lessons and learning new music and songs, as well as playing an assortment of musical instruments. Chester have also been chosen to participate in a musical recital in June.

Wider Curriculum – PSHE

PSHE lessons will continue to be taught through assemblies and class discussions. The children will be focusing on building relationships and learning about the values for our school, which are ambition, resilience, respect and creativity. We will also use these sessions to discuss our emotions and showing kindness and acceptance to others.

 

Wider Curriculum – RE

During RE lessons this term, children will be studying Hinduism. The children will be discussing how we show devotion and how that translates in the Hindu religion. We will also explore Hindu gods, ways of worship and traditions.

Wider Curriculum – Computing

During the first half term, the children will develop their understanding of effective searching and use their learned knowledge to create fact sheets and leaflets. In the second half term, they will explore how to create pictures using a computer, making cross-curricular links to our Art lessons on Impressionism.

General Class Reminders

  • Full school P.E. kit is needed on Wednesday for (PE lessons). Children can bring their P.E. kit in once and it can remain here until half term, for convenience.
  • READING BOOKS need to be brought into school every day. Children will have their books changed in school on a
  • HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Pupils will also be given spellings to learn and mental maths to practise. Both of these will be tested on Friday.

 

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