What we are learning about this term in Halton Class with Miss Mulholland.
This term will begin with a focus on poetry, looking at rhyming words, inventing actions, and reciting poetry. The children will be developing their ability to write ‘the perfect sentence’, using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops accurately and independently. The children will learn how to use simple adjectives to describe their senses and will build up to forming simple sentences independently to write their own poem. We will also focus on writing character descriptions and setting descriptions of places around the UK, using adjectives. In guided reading lessons, we will be reading a range of short poems and stories, focusing on the characters and settings. The children will be using their phonic knowledge to sound out words and to practise their reading skills. Spellings will be given as homework each week, allowing the children the opportunity to practise their high frequency words and their phonics sounds. These should be practised at home as well as in school, in preparation for the spelling test every Friday.
This term will begin with a focus on place value within ten, consisting of basic number recognition and careful counting within ten. The children will count forwards and backwards within 10 and look at one more and one less that a given number. This will be followed by work on strengthening their knowledge on number bonds to 10. There will be a focus on addition and subtraction within 10, where the children will use resources to aid their learning each lesson. The children will complete fluency flashback questions daily, recapping identifying numbers, shapes, and number bonds.
This term, we will be learning about ‘our senses and the human body’. The children will look at the different body parts of a human. They will focus on what our body parts are used for and will label the body. Then our focus will move onto the five senses, looking into which body part is linked to which sense and how we use these. The children will carry out some simple investigations linked to the senses. For the second half of the term, we will focus on materials, linking this to our history topic of ‘Old and New’. The children will use their senses to explore materials and their properties and will complete some investigations.
Research Theme – History and Geography
Our focus this term is Geography, and our topic is ‘Home is Where the Heart is’. We will be looking at the four countries within the UK, the capital cities, and famous landmarks within them. The second half of the term will have a history focus where the children will learn about old and new toys, houses, and holidays.
This term, our focus will be on exploring the computers and building their mouse skills. They will then explore Purple Mash, learning how to log in and how to use simple tools. There will also be a strong focus on keeping pupils safe online and the importance of not sharing our passwords with anybody.
This term, our focus will be on athletics, before moving onto developing throwing and catching skills. Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn to throw in different ways and to practise this skill independently and in groups. Then we will have a Gymnastics focus where the children will learn how to roll, jump and balance accurately, before building to create simple gymnastics routines. Pupils will be given the opportunity to work both independently and in a group. The children will have Keep Fit and dance lessons weekly which will focus on developing skills and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
PE lessons will be taught outside wherever possible. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately: joggers, jumper and waterproof coat can be worn.
Art & Design Technology
We will start the term with an art focus, looking at collages. We will focus on the artist Kurt Schwitters and his work, before creating our own collages for Elmer the elephant. Then we will move onto line and pattern drawing looking at mehndi designs and creating our own patterns. For the second half of the summer term, we will move onto a DT focus looking at food technology and nutrition. We will design and make a healthy snack.
Mrs Shakspeare will teach the children music lessons on a Wednesday. Pupils will enjoy rhythm lessons and learning new music as well as playing many musical instruments.
This term in PSHE, our focus initially will be on classroom rules and the importance of these. We will then have a focus on our ambitions and what we would like to achieve this year. We will then look at our families and people who care for us. We will also look at our feelings and kind vs unkind behaviour.
This term, our focus will be on Christianity. This links with our research theme as we will look at the religions within the UK. We will look at the Christian church, baptism and we will have a focus on looking after your friends and family.
In Spanish lessons, the children will learn greetings. They will apply this by answering the register in Spanish every morning and afternoon. We will learn this through a range of activities and songs, to help secure the children’s knowledge.
General Class Reminders
- Full school P.E. kit is needed on Monday for PE lessons.
- READING BOOKS IN BOOK BAGS will need to be brought into school every day. The children’s books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday twice a week.
- HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Wednesday. Pupils will also be given spellings to learn. These will be tested on a Friday.
Your child’s attendance in school is extremely important. Time missed is learning that can’t always be made up.
Please ensure your child attends school for 8:40 each day unless there is a very good reason for them to be absent.
Throughout the term, work completed by the children will be put onto our blog or Twitter page. Please look at our work by visiting http://www.castleviewprimaryschool.co.uk/ or Castle_ViewPS
If you have any concerns or issues, please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.