Welcome to Year 1’s Spring Term
Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this term……
We will begin our term by reading and exploring features of Non-fiction using the information books:
Dinosaurs: First Facts by Charlie Gardner and First Dinosaur Encyclopaedia: A First Reference Book for Children (DK First Reference). We will look at the role of titles, diagrams, labels and captions in non-fiction. We will use a range of non-fiction books about dinosaurs to research real dinosaurs and then imagine we are palaeontologists and dinosaur experts and produce our own non-chronological report about an amazing dinosaur we have discovered.
Later in the term we explore the story Dinosaurs and all that rubbish by Michael Foreman. This cautionary tale will be used to stimulate discussion about the extinction of the dinosaurs and what we can learn about looking after our world to avoid our own extinction! We will focus on describing settings as we write our own retelling of the story. Finally, we will read and write dinosaur inspired poems to perform using the books Dinosaur Roar by Paul & Henrietta Stickland and Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Shields to explore language play such as rhyme and alliteration and give us inspiration for our own work.
Our Phonic work this term will continue to Revise Phase 4 (using the Phase 3 sounds to read and spell more complex words). We will be learning new Phase 5 sounds which will introduce the children to the idea of alternative graphemes (the same sound being made in different words by different letters e.g. /igh/ as in night and /ie/ as in pie).
This term we will be following the school’s maths scheme, Power Maths to focus on the following objectives: –
Numbers to 20: Count using tens and ones Count one more and one less Compare numbers of objects Compare and order numbers.
Addition within 20: Add by counting on. Practise adding ones to help with adding numbers to 20. Use number bonds to 10 to help us with numbers bonds to 20 Solve word problems.
Subtraction within 20: Subtract tens and ones Learn how to cross a 10 when subtracting Compare additions and subtractions Solve word and picture problems.
Numbers to 50 :Count up to 50 Compare numbers to 50 Order numbers Count in 2s and 5s Solve word and picture problems.
Compare lengths and heights of objects Use non-standard units to measure objects Measure with a ruler Solve word problems about length.
In Science this term we will be going animal mad! The Science topics following the school’s Science Bug scheme are ‘Parts of Animals’ and ‘Types of Animals’.
In the ‘Parts of Animals’ unit we will name and locate parts of our bodies, including our sense organs. We will learn the functions of the sense organs, identifying familiar scents, textures, tastes and sounds. We will name parts of the bodies of other animals including those of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and other mammals, and will learn to use species specific vocabulary, e.g. fin, wing, paw. We will describe, compare and contrast two different animals.
In the ‘Types of Animals’ unit we will recognise that different animals live in the local environment and name some of them. We will learn to recognise similarities and differences within and between animals, classifying familiar animals according to their characteristics. We will gather information on animals and present the data in tables, Carroll diagrams and bar charts, making simple interpretations of these using them to answer and generate questions.
Each pupil will get their own discovery education username and password. This has a range of fun resources that covers the whole of the curriculum.
Watch out… the dinosaurs are coming! In our Kagan topic this term we explore the giants of the Jurrassic. We will be placing the Age of the Dinosaurs on a historic world timeline. We investigate the science of Palaeontology… fossil hunting! We will learn about Britain’s own Fossil hunting superstar Mary Anning who was discovering evidence of prehistoric creatures at the same age as Year 1 children! We will look at how the geography of the Earth has changed and where in the world the most exciting dinosaur finds have been made. In DT we will be making our own dinosaur puppets and investigating simple lever mechanisms and joins. In art we will look at junk model sculpture to create our own imaginary Jurrasic creatures. In Art we will use clay printing to produce fossil designs as well as exploring drawing and collaborative collage, painting and printing on the theme of Dinosaurs and Fossils.
During this term we will be learning all about ‘What Makes Some Places Special? We will be exploring places of worship like Churches, Synagogues and Mosques, discovering who goes there and why. At Chinese New Year we will investigate some of the traditions the Chinese community uses to celebrate their New Year and draw comparisons with the way New Year is celebrated at home. We will also be learning about Easter, why it is special for Christians and how it is celebrated. We will be joining the team at St. Mary’s for a special Easter service.
The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and learning about computing systems and networks. During this term, the children will be investigating programming by Moving a Robot, Giving commands, direction command sequences, Planning a simple program. Later in the term children will be using computer Data Handling programs to grouping data, label, count, describe and grouping objects and use data to compare.
Our Jigsaw topics for the Spring Term are ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. In ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will explore how to set simple goals, say what we do well and how we learn best. We will learn how to challenge ourselves, break down our goals into smaller steps, keep going and celebrate our and others achievements. Throughout we will reflect on and name the feelings that this journey provokes in us.
In ‘Healthy Me’ we will learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy. We will explore healthy choices and how to make them. We will look at how we can begin to help ourselves if we feel poorly and how we can help prevent being poorly. We will look at being safe around roads and keeping our amazing bodies safe. We will learn there are adults that can help us to be safe and healthy and we can help them to do that.
We will be exploring units called ‘In The Groove’ and ‘Round and Round’ using the school’s music scheme, Charanga.
For the unit’ In The Groove’ we will learn a very easy song and then explore how it can be performed in six different styles; Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. We will listen and learn a different style of In The Groove each week. We will also listen to and appraise a well-known song in that week’s style.
For the unit ‘Round and Round’ our learning is focused around one song: Round And Round, a Bossa Nova in a Latin style. Through it we will consolidate and develop our learning about musical elements like pulse and pitch. We will practice performing vocals, body percussion accompaniment and glockenspiels. Each week we will to other songs in other styles: Livin’ La Vida Loca (Latin/Pop) by Ricky Martin, March Of The Empire (Film music) by John Williams, It Had Better Be Tonight (Latin/Big Band Jazz) by Michael Bublé, Why Don’t You (Big Band/Dance) by Gramophonedzie , Oye Como Va (Latin/Jazz) by Santana
The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver. We will begin the terms with a Gymnastic unit which explores different ways of balancing and spinning or turning on points. It includes floor works using mats and box and bench and climbing frame apparatus. Children will learn how to perform and link element into a simple sequence and practice performing for other and appraising their own and others work. Later in the term we will begin a dance unit based on a Dinosaur theme.
At Corrie we monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.
PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday this term.
Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week, every week as we may change sessions and because we monitor having a kit to wear as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.
Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. As children progress through Reading Eggs, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.)
We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly for each book in line with school policy.
We will send home two ‘reading’ books each week:
The first is a ‘phonically decodable’ book. This just means that with practice children should be able to read the words by ‘sounding out’ (saying each letters sound and then blending them together to read the word). This book will be closely matched with the phonics your child is learning at school. We will send this book home with your child until they can recall the letter sound matches and use blending to read the words to you.
The second book is a ‘read to me’ book. This will be changed every week. This book will contain words your child may not be able to decode using their phonics.
You should read this book to them encouraging them to point to the words as you say them, joining in where they can. This will build your child’s sight vocabulary.
We will check reading records and change reading books as appropriate once per week every Wednesday. However, please make sure your child has their reading books and diary in school every day as we sometimes have opportunity to do extra reading or to change books more frequently.
In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths and a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Dinosaur homework menu.
Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to us!
F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel, Miss. Richards or Mrs. Hodkinson email@example.com
Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.
On time by Wednesday – GREEN
Late by Friday – YELLOW
No homework or reading completed – RED
Year 3 Spring Term 2022
Hello everyone and welcome back to the spring term in year 3.
We will continue to use Power Maths in school and start by looking at multiplication and division again. We will then move onto measurement by learning to add and subtract amounts of money, we will also look at bar charts and pictograms and learn to measure, compare, add and subtract different lengths. They will then finish the term with a unit on fractions.
We will start the term by focusing on narrative writing inspired by The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo, the traditional tale and alternative version to Cinderella. We will start by comparing different versions of a traditional story and then write our own narratives and edit our story. We will then use a short film ‘Tadeo Jones’ to inspire diary writing. We will then move onto a poetry unit. We will use The Sound Collector poem by Roger McGough to inspire our own poetry. We will finish the term by learning how to write a non-chronological text.
Topic: Ancient Egypt
Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt and we are going to find out all about this fascinating period of history. We will be doing lots of activities in our Kagan books, looking at Egyptian artefacts and discovering what life was like in the Egyptian times. We will be producing amazing artwork and a design technology project linked to Ancient Egypt too.
Science: Magnets and Forces followed by What Plants Need
We will learn about forces, friction and magnetic attraction. We will learn about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and will identify different actions as pushes or pulls. We will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces. We will work in a hands on way to identify magnetic materials.We will conduct an investigation into the strength of different types of magnet.
In the plants unit we will explore what plants need to grow well. We will learn about the function of all the components of plants. We will grow our own bean seed. We will take part in many practical experiments.
PHSE: JIGSAW Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me
During the first half term, children will look at understanding what their dreams and goals are and look at how to achieve their aspirations. In the second half term they will learn about making healthy choices with food and activity and how to deal with difficult situations.
RE: Why do people pray?
In RE the children will be looking how and why people pray across a range of different religions.
PE: Dance, gymnastics, tennis and netball
The children will now have the sports coach working with them on a Monday afternoon. Their other lesson is on Wednesday afternoon.
During our music lessons the children will have the opportunity to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service. Music lessons are every Monday. If your child would like to take their brass instrument home to practice, a deposit can be paid to the office allowing them to take it home.
Computing: animation, desktop publishing and branching databases.
This term we will complete our animation unit of work, then move on to learn about publishing and what a branching database is and what it is used for.
We will be developing our language skills this term by looking at colours and the French alphabet. Then after half term we will learn to count from 20- 50 in French and begin to look at how to say and write the date.
HOME LEARNING LINKS / IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
Homework is set on a Friday and due the following Wednesday. We provide the children with a menu of choices for topic homework activities that they can carry out during the term. They need to complete one piece per week. We will also continue to set maths homework based on what we are learning that week. There are support videos provided each week on Google Classroom. Children will also have handwriting/ spelling homework to complete.
If you would like to email us your child’s homework please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Reading: Reading a school book is part of your homework. Reading books are checked every Wednesday and your child must read at least twice a week. Your child’s reading diary must be signed before a new book is given.
REMEMBER: all homework needs to be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in your Assertive Mentoring. If you hand it in on Thursday or Friday you will achieve YELLOW. If you don’t hand your homework in you will be RED for that week.
You all have a Times Tables Rockstar login for other Maths activities, games and multiplication facts practise to enjoy at home online. Please ask an adult to see your teacher for a replacement card if you lose or forget your login. Web links:https://www.ttrockstars.com
You will need to regularly revise the year 2 spelling list and learn the Year 3 spelling lists.
Practicing Spellings At Home
Year 3 and 4 Common Exception Words
Year 3 Spelling Rules and Examples
Other important information:
Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform.
Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school.
Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
PE this term is on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Mrs Lynch and Mrs Hall.
Happy New Year! We hope that you’ve all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready and raring to go for another exciting term.
We will start the term by looking at the book ‘The Man who Walked Between the Towers’ by Mordicai Gerstein which tells the true story of Philippe Petit, a French tightrope walker, who in 1974 walked between the World Trade Center towers. We will create our own newspaper reports about the daring event and then write a biography about his remarkable life.
We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focussing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.
We will continue to teach whole class guided reading and our class novel this term will be The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. The Wolf Wilder is a beautiful story about one girl’s treacherous adventure through dangerous, snowy Russia to save her mother, who has been attacked and captured by the Russian Army because she refused to give them what they wanted.
We will start the term by looking at multiplication and division. The children will learn different methods to multiply 3 and 4 digit numbers by 2 digits and how to divide a number up to 4 digits by 1 digit. We will then move onto fractions, looking at comparing and ordering fractions, converting fractions and adding and subtracting fractions. Finally, we will learn about decimals and percentages.
Our topic this term is Properties of Materials. In this unit the children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets and electrical and thermal conductivity. They will have given reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular use of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. We will develop our working scientifically skills by be carrying out investigations to test materials to see if they are dissolvable and whether they are good insulators or conductors.
We will be starting a brand new geography topic this half term ‘Exploring Eastern Europe’. We will develop our map skills and learn about life in different Eastern European countries, with a focus on Russia.
We will continue to use Jigsaw in our PSHE sessions and our topic this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will think about our future aspirations and what we need to do in order to help us achieve these.
Our unit this term video editing This unit gives children the opportunity to learn how to create short videos in groups. As they progress through this unit, they will be exposed to topic-based language and develop the skills of capturing, editing, and manipulating video.
The question the children will be exploring this term is ‘If God is Everywhere, why go to a Place of Worship?’ They will look at different religions and how and where they worship God.
PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our focus this half term will be gymnastics and dance. In gymnastics we will focus on synchronization and canon. In our dance lessons we will learn about the Haka and create our own dance in the same style. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!
We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.
Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.
Here is a link to the topic homework Take Away Homework Exploring Eastern Europe
Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.
Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.
Homework handed in on Friday is RED.
We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.
Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY to check you have read at home at least twice.
Other important information:
- Please ensure your name is clearly written in all your school uniform. We have a permanent marker if you need to write your child’s name in their jumper etc.
- Please ensure your correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days can change in school (it will be sent home every half term to wash)
- Bring your reading book and reading diary to school every day. Sometimes a reading volunteer will choose you for extra reading.
- Please bring a school water bottle every day.
We are really looking forward to a new and exciting term. If you have any questions or concerns, please book an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.
Miss Wood and Miss Turner