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 Welcome Back to Spring Term Two!! 

Hi there!  I hope you all had a super half term break, despite the dreadful weather cryingRoll on the warm spring days! What a busy half term we have just completed.  The children astounded me with their geographical skills as we investigated and explored our local River Weaver and compared our findings with global rivers such as the Nile.  Their river collages and fact files were very impressive.   Other exciting experiences have included our weekly ukulele lessons (which are continuing until the end of this term) We are all making great progress with our playing and are looking forward to entertaining you at our parents' assembly next term.

This half term we have our weekly swimming lessons to look forward to and, of course, our exciting residential to Burwardsley!  

The teaching arrangements for this half term will continue to be me teaching the children on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Mrs Tomlinson teaching on Wednesdays where she will continue to cover Science, RE and PE.  Mrs Robinson will take over from Mrs Tomlinson when she begins her maternity leave.

As always, on this page you will find lots of information, events and news about the class, our topics and most importantly the wonderful work we produce! You will also find important information about our daily routines, homework and dates for your diaries. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter where I will keep you updated with photographs of your child's wonderful work and other activities.

If you have any concerns, questions or worries please feel free to pop in and see me, either before or after school or you can leave a message via email, phone or in the class message book located in the school office. My door is always open.

Warmest Regards,

Mrs King

Please click here to view this year's curriculum map!

 

        Our New Theme For Spring Term 2 is...

What was life like when the Queen came to the throne in 1953?     

 

As Historians...

We will compare life in 1953 to present day.  Our key question will be "Was life better then or now?" The children will become confident in using phrases such as "before I was born",  "In the past...", "Life then was..." "When the Queen came to the throne..." They will have the opportunities to research what life was like for a child of their age and use photographs and illustrations to present their findings. 


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In English, our shared text is...

This hilarious book, by acclaimed author Nicholas Allan will provide the children with lots of writing opportunities to: write a diary entry about a day in the life of Dilys, who looks after the Queen's knickers, write an invitation to the Queen to invite her to school for a picnic, write a wanted poster to find the culprit who has stolen the Queen's knickers and also give us lots of drama and hot-seating activities.  I am really confident that we will have lots of royal fun with this entertaining book! 

As Artists and Designers...

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In Art and DT, we will be building on the skills required, as highlighted in the National Curriculum,  to develop the children's expertise in this area of their learning. We will be sketching portraits of the Queen using different techniques and materials.  We will also design our own knickers to use as bunting and look at different materials to design smart, new clothes for the Queen to wear at a special occasion.  

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During our Create Week, the children will be given the opportunity to publish their wonderful work and create some wonderful art masterpieces.

 

As Scientists...

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Animals Including Humans

Science will be taught discretely this half term.  The children will develop a clear understanding that exercise makes the heart work harder and is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. They will also find out about healthy lunch box foods, including foods which can be allergents, before designing and sharing their own healthy snack.

 

 As Musicians

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The children will continue their Tuesday morning ukulele lessons with Dan.  We can't wait to entertain you...!!!  We will also follow the Charanga music scheme to learn even more musical skills.

 

As Mathematicians...

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  In Maths, as always, we will endeavour to thread our learning throughout all areas of the curriculum, making links where we can.  This half term will predominantly focus on 2D and 3D shape and fractions.

To help your child's Maths learning at home, you can assist with times table recall (2's, 3's 5's and 10's), using money and learning to tell the time.  Please log in regularly to Times Tables Rockstars to help with confidence and rapid recall of times tables.

As always, I am really looking forward to learning alongside the children!

 

 

Who is our class author?!!

Nicholas Allan

Image result for Nicholas AllanWe will be finding lots out about this wonderful author including the books he has written and compiling fact files about his life, influences and inspirations.

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Reading

During the week, all children take part in whole class reading sessions both as a whole class and individually. Within these sessions we read a variety of extracts and chapters from stories, poems or non-fiction texts.. These sessions aim to develop word recognition, inference skills, comprehension of texts and fluency/understanding of the texts we read. 

There are also opportunities for the children to develop their love of reading during quiet reading sessions

In KS1 we strongly encourage parents/guardians to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record a short comment in thier child''s reading diary about that reading session..

I am always grateful for any help with reading during school time if you can offer a couple of hours; it really does help the children's progress in reading and writing.

PE

This half term, our PE sessions will take place on Tuesday and WednesdaySwimming lessons will commence on Wednesday 26th February.  Our focus in PE this term will continue to concentrate on ball skills. Please ensure that your child has the relevant kit for their PE sessions..

Although our sessions are scheduled for these days, it is not uncommon for those to change due to other events in school so it is vital that all children have their kits in school on Monday and remain in school until the weekend. 

 

Homework

As you are all aware, our homework has recently changed. The children have been given their usernames and passwords for Spelling Shed and TT Rock Stars and are using these sites confidently. The feedback so far has been really positive and I know the children are enjoying this homework experience. Please let me know if you are experiencing any problems logging on or using the online platforms.

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