What we are learning this week in the Summer Term in Chester Class with Mrs Morgan .

English 

This term will begin with a poetry focus on Africa, where the children will develop the use of rich language in their writing. They will be writing poems about African animals. They will then move on to writing diary entries about their adventures with a baby dragon- this is based upon the story ‘Amazing’ by Steve Anthony. As we continue, the children will develop their ability to write narratives from other cultures. This allows them to develop their sentence structure and a greater range of punctuation.  During reading lessons, the children will experience a variety of texts and genres, helping them develop their understanding of what they read and to broaden their vocabulary. They will develop their ability to draw inferences from images and texts and make predictions based upon what they have read.  The children will start on Phase 6 Phonics which will support them in using prefixes, suffixes and writing in the past and present tense.  These lessons will be taught daily.

Maths

For the first half of this term, we will focus on fractions of a shape and developing the children’s knowledge of multiplication and division.  They will use arrays and numicon for support to complete their two’s, five- and ten-times tables. The children will begin to look at a ½, ¼, 1/3 of a shape and sets of objects.  Each day, the children will be given opportunities to practice mathematical facts such as addition, subtraction, time, and shape. We will also be supporting them to recall number bonds to twenty and then up to 100. We will be having weekly timestable tests until the children have embedded this knowledge. Therefore, children will be encouraged to practise these facts at home. 

Science

In Science, the children will be observing and studying Animals. There will be a particular focus on what animals need to survive.  They will learn how animals, live and adapt to survive. We will also look at the animal’s offspring and the life cycle of animals. The children will develop investigations, based on questions they generate around these subjects. In Science lessons, they will be exposed to a variety of complex scientific language and will be encouraged to use their inquisitive minds to generate scientific questions.  Later on in the term, we will also be focusing on plants and what they need to grow and survive.

Spanish 

In Spanish lessons, children will secure their knowledge of using simple words such as ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’. They will be taught the names of the days of the week and learn a nursery rhyme in Spanish too. In Spanish, we will complete a range of activities, and play lots of games, all of which help to embed the language.  

Research Theme – History and Geography

During this term, our Geography theme is based on Kenya. They will research what it is like to live in Kenya and compare life in Kenya to their lives in Runcorn. The children will also recap on our work on continents and extend our map work by locating Africa and Kenya on the world map.  We will also look at the difference in location between Africa and Runcorn and discuss the impact the equator has on the weather. We will also develop our field work skills by creating simple maps of routes to places within school and the local community.  

Computing

In our Computing lessons, we will recap our E-Safety rules. We will be focusing on the ways we can communicate using a computer. We will use the ‘Purple Mash’ programme to help children to send emails using their secure system. We will also use the iPad to support the children to research our Kenya topic.

PE

In PE we will be developing our games skills. We will look at how we need to work as a team to ensure we have more chance of winning a range of games such as football and basketball. We will also develop the children’s awareness and ability to be both attackers and defenders in games.

 *Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, PE lessons will be taught outside for the foreseeable future. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately: joggers, jumper and waterproof coat can be worn.

Art and Design.

In Art lessons, the children will be developing their ability to create pictures of castles. We are going to sketch ‘Chester Castle’ using a range of mark making tools such as crayons, pencils, and chalks. We will also be using clay to create an African bowl. We will look at the type of bowls that they use in a Kenyan Village and then use clay and modelling tools to create it.

Music   

Mrs Shakespeare will teach music on Wednesdays. The children will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments such as drums and percussion instruments.

*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, music lessons will not be taught in large groups until deemed safe to do so.

PSHE

The children will be focussing on how to develop positive relationships with others. They will do this by observing stories around the theme of treating each other respectfully. We will engage in sessions about maintaining our Mental Health and Wellbeing.

 

R.E

In R.E lessons, we will be focusing on Hinduism. We are going to learn about their gods and the ways in which they worship. The children will gain knowledge of the special traditions Hindus follow. We will then compare this to the way Christians worship too.

Important things to remember

  • Full school P.E. kit is needed on Monday (P.E), Tuesday (Keep Fit).
  • READING BOOKS need to be brought into school every day. Children will change their home reader book in school on a Friday and their library book every second Monday.

*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, children will only be allowed to touch the book they want to take home, as opposed to flexible browsing. Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the bookshelf.

  • HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Wednesday.

 

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Important things to remember

Full school P.E. kit is needed on Monday (P.E), Tuesday (Keep Fit) and Wednesday for (Dance).

READING BOOKS need to be brought into school every day. Children will change their home reader and Library book in school on a Friday.
*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, children will only be allowed to touch the book they want to take home, as opposed to flexible browsing. Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the bookshelf.

HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Wednesday.

Social media – PE days

Early Reading Statement

Help your child learn to read by helping them say the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUCUhHUDZIY