Teacher: Mr Suckling
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed the sunny weather and a bit more freedom.
This half term our topic is going to be all about plants. We will be learning what plants need to grow. We will set up different experiments to see how well seeds grow in different conditions.
We have already made a grass head which is sitting on the windowsill basking in the sunlight! Hopefully they will end up looking like this in a few weeks.
At the end of our topic, we are really lucky to have a live zoom session with Hollow Trees Farm. They will be taking us on a tour where we will see some of the animals and plants that are on their farm. We will become tree detectives and try to identify the different types of trees based on their leaves. We are going to make Wild Flower Seed Bombs which the children can use in their gardens or in our school reflective garden.
What an exciting half term!
The KS1 Team
Please do not send children in to school with large rucksacks. There isn't enough space in the classrooms and children keep tripping over them! The children do not need bags. They just need their reading book, lunch and water bottle.
PE days- Our PE days are now Tuesday and Wednesday
Indoor PE- Tuesday
Outdoor PE- Wednesday
English 26th April
This week we are starting to look at instructions. The children will be identifying the different features of instruction texts. The children will be giving each other verbal instructions before starting to write them down. We hope to have a lot of fun playing games giving each other instructions. It quickly becomes apparent how clear we need to be!
Maths 26th April
We are starting to look at fractions. We will be using practical resources to find halves, quarters and thirds. Our investigation into fractions should offer us opportunities to bring some food into the classroom, which always seems to go down well!
Phonics - Spring Term
For the rest of the year we will be teaching Phase 5 phonics. In this phase pupils are taught new graphemes that make the same sound like some that they already know. For example, they already know that ‘ee’ as in ‘teeth,’ but they will now learn ‘ea’ as in ‘bead.’
In Phase 5, children are taught ‘ay’, ‘ou’, ‘ie’, ‘ea’, ‘oy’, ‘ir’, ‘ue’, ‘aw’, ‘wh’, ‘ph’, ‘ew’, ‘oe’, ‘au’, ‘ey’ ‘a-e’, ‘e-e’, ‘i-e’, ‘o-e’ and ‘u-e’. It is worth noting that ‘ue’, ‘ew’ and ‘u-e’ all have two pronunciations: ‘oo’ and ‘yoo.’
At the end of Phase 5, children will learn that there are many alternative pronunciations for graphemes they already know. For example, they will learn that ‘c’ can make the sound ‘s’ in words such as ‘ice’ and ‘city'. There are also nine ‘tricky words’ to learn at Phase 5: ‘oh’, ‘their’, ‘people’, ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’, ‘looked’, ‘called’, ‘asked’ and ‘could’.