Autumn Term!

Posted on September 4th, 2017 by Sparrow Class

Each week we will be updating our blog to give you information about the coming week and important dates to remember.

This blog tells you about the term ahead and what your children will be learning.

 In Sparrow Class we will be working hard while still having fun. Pupils will be expected to concentrate for longer periods and to work more independently. We will still encourage their communication skills, creativity and independence through child-initiated activities. However, pupils will be doing more formal learning, sitting at tables and writing in their books in most lessons. For pupils in Year 2, in the beginning of the Summer term, the Standard Attainment Tests (known as SATs) are mandatory. We will be able to give you more information about these after Christmas.

Maths Y1: During the Autumn term, the children will focus primarily on numbers from 0-20 and beyond. In the first few weeks will be comparing numbers and using mathematical vocabulary: equal to, more than, fewer than, less than, most and least. We will also learn bonds (or pairs) to 5 and 10 e.g. 1+4=5 2+3=5 and 3+7=10 6+4=10. Regarding shape, we will look into symmetry and common 2D shapes  and their properties (rectangles, circles and triangles). There are videos and games online that can help your child to practice these contents in a fun way.

Maths Y2: In the beginning of the Autumn term, the children will focus on ‘Number’ including reading, writing and ordering numbers to at least 100.  They will complete sums involving adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing 1-digit and 2-digit numbers. The children will also focus on Measure (including Money and Time), Shape and Space.  We will also be asking the children to explain their workings out and “how they know the answer” in order to encourage Reasoning in Maths. You can help your child by counting in steps of 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards and then by asking them questions such as ‘2 lots of 2 are …?’. You could also look at their number bonds to 10 and 20 e.g. 4 +6 =10 or 3 + 7 =10. There are some fun games on Woodlands Junior or Topmarks websites that the children may like to try in order to improve their mental maths agility and at the same time have some fun.

English Y1: In English, the children will look at a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  In non – fiction the emphasis will be on sequencing. Key vocabulary will be: first, next, after, then, finally, last. In our fiction unit our emphasis will be on predicting what will happen next in a story, plan, storyboard, orally re-tell and write their own versions inspired by stories. In SPaG (Spelling they and Punctuation) Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops will be our main focus. The children will receive weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting sessions during which they will read carefully chosen books appropriate to their level.  In support of this, please encourage your child to read daily with you at home as this will help to strengthen their understanding and develop their reading skills. Children in Y1 will be encouraged to learn cursive script in their handwriting. However, our focus will be on letter formation and writing letters and numbers the “right way round”.

English Y2: Children in Y2 will also be  looking into at a range of genres including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They will be encouraged to write more independently and start writing into paragraphs.  In SPaG (Spelling they and Punctuation) Capital letter and full stops, Plurals, Apostrophes for contractions and for possession, Past, present, future tense. Handwriting will receive significant focus over the forthcoming weeks and the children will practise forming their letters correctly using Cursive Script. The children will receive weekly Guided Reading and Handwriting sessions during which they will read carefully chosen books appropriate to their level.  In support of this, please encourage your child to read daily with you at home as this will help to strengthen their understanding and develop their reading skills.

Phonics: The beginning of the Autumn Term will include some revision from Phases 2, 3 and 4 as well as starting Phase 5. Children will have daily Phonics lessons in addition to English, Guided Reading and Handwriting lessons in which they will be able to consolidate their knowledge of sounds (phonemes) and letters (graphemes).

Science/Computing: In this unit, children learn about changes in the  4 seasons through observations, the 5 senses and everyday materials. We will be learning outdoors and exploring the school gardens and nature areas to make a link between scientific vocabulary and concepts and our surroundings.

Jigsaw PSHE: Being Me in My World has a wide focus, looking at helping others to feel welcome, discussing ways to make the school community a better place.  We will also explore how everyone has a right to learn and the reward and consequences that go along with that. This will culminate in creating a class Learning Charter. All Jigsaw lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Celebrating Difference: This will link with Anti Bullying week in November. We will discuss how everyone is different but we can include everyone when working and playing.

Art/Design Technology: Children will be exploring the school building and outdoor area through pictures and designing their “Dream School”. They will be using their knowledge of materials to create a model of their “Dream School”. Children will also learn about Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving, Mexican Art and Christmas through painting, collage, videos and performances.

PE: The children will master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. In addition to that, we will be learning dance moves and coordination through our “Wake up, Shake up” breaks in the morning.

Music/ RE: The children will be focusing the signs and symbols of Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. We will then follow on with a topic discussing Why gifts are given at Christmas and Eid? Music will be integrated in PE, Art and RE lessons as well as being a big part of our Christmas performance.

We are looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday.

Mrs Webb

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