Welcome to our Halton Class




At the beginning of this term, we will begin with a poetry focus, looking at rhyming words 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 a poem. We will also focus on writing labels and captions for various items and writing character descriptions. In guided reading lessons, we will be reading a range of words that match the children’s phonics ability, short sentences, poems and stories. The children will be using their phonic knowledge to sound out words and to practise their reading skills. Spellings will be given on the 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. 



Pupils will begin the term with a large focus on Place Value which will consist of basic number recognition and counting up to twenty. The children will then begin to look at counting backwards, before moving onto counting in two’s and gaining a greater understanding of knowing one more/one less. Children will begin to use language like more, less and equal to in relation to amounts. This will be followed by work on strengthening their knowledge on number bonds to 10 and practical addition, where the children will use objects to aid their learning. Following that, the children will focus on 2-D and 3-D shape. The children will use a range of practical equipment to support their learning each lesson.



In science, pupils will be learning about ‘our senses and the human body’. They will look at the different types of senses, which body part is linked to which sense and how we use these. The children will also focus on the different body parts of a human and will practise these through labelling. After looking at ‘our senses’, pupils will look at materials. The children will look at describing the properties of materials using simple adjectives and will complete some investigations. 



In Spanish lessons, children will learn how to say basic greetings. The children will practise using these when communicating with their peers and when answering to the register. In Spanish lessons, we will learn many songs and play lots of games, all of which help to embed the Foreign Language.


Research Theme – History and Geography

Within History, we will begin with an introduction to History, looking at History within the children’s lives, creating a family tree and a timeline within their lives. Then, we will be looking at Kings and Queens and the Monarchy. Pupils will learn about the current monarchy and will complete a family tree. In Geography lessons, our topic will be ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’.
We will focus on where we live and where we call home. 



For the first term of Computing lessons, children will be able to explore using the computers and to build their mouse skills. They will be given the opportunity to explore popular softwares. We will be looking at how to use Microsoft Word to type up some of our writing. There will also be a strong focus on keeping pupils safe online.



In PE we will begin the term with a focus on throwing and catching skills. Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn to throw in many 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 lessons weekly which will focus on developing skills and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
*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.



In Art lessons, we will begin with a focus on drawing. The children will learn how to draw from their observations from real life objects and there will be a focus on sketching, teaching the children that a pencil can be used lightly.



Mrs Shakspeare will teach music once a week, where the children will be able to explore different instruments and enjoy rhythm/listening to music.

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



We understand that children have been away from school for a very long time, and each will have had their own experiences, which we will be sensitive to. We will begin with a focus on readjusting to life after the lockdown and learning to trust the world again. We will engage in many discussions and activities which allow us to share experiences and explore any concerns we may have had.



In R.E lesson we will be having a focus on looking after your friends and family. We will also be looking at the Christian church and ‘Baptism’.


Important things to remember

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

READING BOOKS IN BOOK BAGS will need to be brought into school everyday. The children’s books will
be changed twice a week.
*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 Thursday.

Throughout the term, work completed by the children will be put on to our blog or Twitter page. Please lookat 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.

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