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Hello and welcome to the start of Summer Term 1 in Cedar Class. This will be another exciting and busy half term as we continue our learning journey and continue our topic, 'Who was Queen Victoria?'. We are hoping for an improvement in the weather and the return of warm, sunny days. This will allow us to make best use of our wonderful outdoor areas. Please ensure you continue to check the school diary, the Key Stage One notice board and your child's book bag for any news of upcoming events and important information. Also, please take some time to look at our updated Key Stage 1 newsletter which is available on this page and on the KS1 notice board.

 

Important Dates

Tuesday 24th April    Parent/Carer drop-in event for KS1

Wednesday 3rd May     Election Day; school closed for voting

Monday 7th May    Bank holiday Monday                   

         Thursday 24th May    Victorian afternoon tea (details to follow)

                                      Friday 25th May    School closes for half-term                                                

                   

Topic

This term our topic is 'Who was Queen Victoria?'

 

PE
Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times. Long hair must be tied back. Earrings must be removed or covered by tape (supplied by school).
PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

 

Water Bottles
Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school daily.
 
Our Curriculum Focus this half term

Maths- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at 3D shapes, time and fractions.

The maths skills we will be developing are:

  • Recognising, describing, drawing and comparing 3D shapes
  • Recognising, naming, writing and comparing simple fractions
  • Telling time in 5 minute intervals; understanding quarter past, quarter to and half past;  sequencing time; finding ending times when given a start time and duration; finding starting times when given an end time and duration.

Phonics- We will be completing phase 6 of the letters and sounds programme. In this phase the children will learn to apply all the skills they have been working on in the previous phases. They will learn more complex spelling patterns and grammar rules.

English- We will be continuing to work on a fiction text 'Zeraffa Girrafa' by Dianne Hofmeyr, then beginning a new text 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket .

The reading skills we will be developing are:

  • Applying phonic knowledge and skills appropriately
  • Reading accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words
  • Reading common exception words and words with more than one syllable
  • Reading aloud accurately
  • Reading a range of books to build up fluency and confidence
  • Discussing a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Answering questions about a range of texts and making inferences
  • Developing pleasure in reading

The writing skills we will be developing are:

  • Learning and applying grammar and spelling learnt in phase 6 phonics
  • Using a developing range of punctuation appropriately
  • Composing and sequencing sentences into short narratives
  • Re-reading and checking our writing to check it makes sense
  • Writing for a range of purposes including letters; recounts; short stories; newspaper reports; poems

 

RE- Our themes will be, 'Ascension and Pentecost' and 'What is a Saint'. We will learn why Pentecost is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar and understanding what ascension means to Christians. We will also be exploring what a saint is and learning about key past and present followers of Jesus.

SEAL- Going for Goals.

Science- Habitats. We will make good use of our school grounds to explore the habitats of a range of plants and animals. We will find out the key factors that plants and animals need in order to survive and thrive.

 

Learning at Home 

Spellings- The children will have a spelling test each Friday which will comprise of words they have been working on in phonics and English lessons throughout the week. Details of the words are available in the documents on this page and a copy has been sent home in the book bags
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenges will be sent home shortly

Bug Club will be set on alternate Fridays- please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the website and we will do our best to solve any issues. Two books will be allocated initially. Further books will only be allocated once these have been read.


Reading Books
We will change Cedar class reading books every Friday. The purpose of the home reading book, and Bug Club online book, is to consolidate decoding skills and comprehension and develop fluency and expression. Please read with your child each week, asking them questions about the story, and sign the reading record so we know to give them a new book. Any additional comments in the reading records are welcomed. Bug Club is updated every week.

In school the children will also have two guided reading sessions each week. These sessions will provide differentiated teaching of reading and will secure progress by providing opportunities for children to practice their learning. We currently use a breadth of reading schemes including Bug Club books, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Big Cat.

Phonics
In the teaching of Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught within differentiated groups for 20 minutes daily.

 

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