Welcome back! We hope you have had a restful holiday and haven’t eaten too much chocolate! Let’s hope the sun continues to shine and that we can get out and about in the school grounds to make the most of it. The theme of our work this term is Predators and Prey.
In Literacy we shall be studying the book “There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes” by Michelle Robinson and Jim Field and then “Zoo” by Anthony Browne. We will be focusing on persuasive writing with these stories, but also looking at writing a non-chronological report linking with predators and prey. The focus is on tightening up the basic skills for Literacy, in particular using capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks, writing coherent sentences and making sure we are using our resources to make good spelling choices.
Our whole class reading text for Term 5 is Rabbit and Bear the Pest in the Nest, and for Term 6 is a Ladybird version of the Jungle Book.
In science we will be classifying animals into their groups, eg birds, reptiles, mammals etc, deciding which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and looking at basic food chains.
In DT we will be learning about fruit and vegetables, tasting some and designing and making a salad or smoothie.
In RE we will be learning about the parables that Jesus told in term 5, and we will be learning about Framfield Church in term 6. Hopefully, we will have a long awaited trip to the church to see what all the different parts look like.
PSHE this term will focus on relationships with our families, our friends and ourselves, followed by a unit on how we are changing as we grow up, becoming more independent and responsible.
In Maths, we have started by completing our work on fractions, building our confidence in finding ½, ¼, 1/3 and ¾ of amounts. We will be moving onto understanding the properties of 2D and 3D shape and ending term 5 with a unit on telling the time. After half term we will learn about measuring length and height, mass and weight, capacity and temperature. We will end the year by consolidating our calculation skills in some problem solving activities.
In Geography we will be learning about the four nations that make up the United Kingdom and what is special about them. The children will also learn about the parts of their address and what they mean, eg the road, town, county.
In Art we will be painting and using paint to make sure we understand how to mix colours from the primary colours and how we can make different shades of colour. We will use these skills to paint in the style of Kandinsky.
In P.E. we welcome All Star Soccer back who will be working on athletics skills. Mrs Hall will continue to teach PE on a Thursday and she will be focusing on the skills needed to play tennis in term 5 and striking and fielding games in term 6. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit for these lessons. They will no longer require a tracksuit so will need a pair of shorts and are expected to wear a school jumper should they feel cold. If your child takes part in an after school club, please ensure that they return their PE Kit to school the following day.
In Music, we will be listening to The Firebird by Stravinsky and Carnival of the Animals by Saint Sans and responding to them in art and by making our own music.
I hope you all enjoyed finding out about your child’s favourite predator over the Easter holidays. You will find a new homework menu in their Home Learning book for this term. As always, please encourage your child to choose one activity per week to complete and hand in on a Monday.
Mathletics – please continue to use Mathletics regularly to help increase your child’s confidence with the Maths skills we are learning in class.
Spellings – Please continue to practise the spellings on the spelling lists regularly. The children will be testing each other on a Thursday morning with Mrs Hall, so need to be prepared for this.
Please don’t forget to keep hearing your child read. Although we listen to each child once a week, for them to make real progress with reading they need to be doing it every day. Mrs Pomfret is eager to produce a certificate for those children who bring in their completed reading booklet. Please refer to the recent letter about the new Dandelion Reading scheme, if your child brings home one of these books alongside their other reading scheme books.
Hopefully you are all aware that the KS1 SATs, which would have taken place this term, have been cancelled for a second year. I will still make judgements about their attainment at the end of the year, but there will be no formal tests for them to sit. Likewise, the Year 1 Phonics Screening test has also been cancelled for a second year but, again, I will continue to screen the children to check on their phonic progress.
We have our final INSET day on 23rd July.
Keep checking the school diary on the website to find out if and when we can host Sports Day.
As always, if there are any questions please just ask.
Mrs Sullivan and Mrs Pomfret