Teachers: Miss Shore/Mrs Carmichael
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
We are in the final term of another unusual school year! We hope to fill this last term with fun filled learning opportunities and are keeping our fingers and toes crossed that we remain in school.
We are going to be taking advantage of the warmer weather with a 'Green Fingers' topic. If you have any seeds that we could grow at school we would be very grateful for any donations!
A few reminders:
PE days- Our PE days are Monday and Friday.
Outdoor PE- Monday
Indoor PE- Friday
As the weather is (hopefully) starting to get warmer please remember to send your child to school with a filled water bottle, a sun hat and ensure that all their belongings are labelled.
PHONICS Summer 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’.
English - Summer Term
For the next few weeks we are going to continue with the story 'The Jolly Postman'. This story has been huge hit with the children and they are looking forward to finding out where the Jolly Postman will be going next.
The children will enjoy writing their own stories, writing alternative endings, learning how to express their ideas and debate with others and of course writing various letters.
Maths (12th - 30th April)
In Maths we will be learning about multiplication and division. The children will be learning how to count in multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's. We start by thinking about multiplication as repeated addition. The children should understand that when we multiply, we are adding the same amount each time. For example, 3 × 2 is the same as 2 + 2 + 2.
We will begin to understand division as sharing and grouping.
Your child will use 'arrays' to help them with multiplication. Arrays are sets of objects arranged in rows and columns to make a rectangle. For example, egg boxes, muffin trays, ice cube trays, and chocolate bars with rows of pieces are all arrays.
Baking is a great way to use arrays. For example, explain to your child that you need to make 12 muffins. Look at the baking tray. There are 3 rows and 4 columns. Count each column of 4 to show there are 12 holes in total. If we turn the tin around the other way it will be the same.
TOPIC Summer Term
The Big Idea: Plants are living things – they grow when we give them enough sunlight, food and water. Plants give us food to eat, clean air to breathe and materials to build our houses and furniture. We can use plants to make clothes and medicines, and to decorate our gardens.
Within this unit the children will be learning through a range of subjects: Science, Technology, Geography and International. Through the Science learning targets the children will be finding out about the plants that grow in their local area, the different parts of a plant , what they need in order to grow and how to care for a plant. In Technology the children will be researching different types of watering devices for plants and using this to design and make their own. Through their Geography learning the children will be finding out about plants that grow in other countries around the world. In the International learning targets the children will be finding out how people in other countries use plants and how eating more plants could make a difference to the world in which they live.