Summer Term – How does your garden grow?
Summer is here and the grass is green, and the plants are blooming! The drive for this term is focusing on Science and plants. Within Science, the children will recap their understanding of animals including humans and begin to look at the different classifications of some animals. We will then move on to looking at developing their understanding of the structure of a plant and what it needs to survive. We will perform experiments with plants to see what happens to them over periods of time.
English will focus on traditional tales. The children will read a range of different stories looking at the features, similarities, differences, language and the structure of these stories. Later on in the term, they will begin to plan and write their own traditional tale. To immerse the children in this, please enjoy reading a range of traditional tales at home. Reading a variety of different versions and discussing their differences will help the children understand how to adapt an original text and create their own version.
Using a range of art media, the children will develop their artistic skills by sketching and printing. They will design, make and evaluate a product linking to our topic. For this, we will use sewing techniques and printing to help with the manufacturing process.
In Geography we will look at where we live and compare this to other villages across the globe. The children will discuss and describe seasonal weather and how they change not only here in the UK but in other parts of the world. They will learn about maps and human and physical features.
Computing will focus on programming this term. We will look at key computing language such as algorithms, programs, avatar, debugging and coding. The children will use a computer-based program called Scratch to develop their programming skills.
Please can I ask that you ensure all your child’s clothing is clearly named. Having them clearly named helps us to ensure pieces do not go missing. It will also help any other parents to return items, in the event of their child taking home another person’s belongings.
Every Friday a new set of spellings will be posted on the school website. The children will be tested on their previous spellings in the morning of that Friday. As much as it is a spellings ‘test’ we don’t put pressure on the children but simply encourage them to do the best they can do. There will be two sets of spellings, please check in your learning log to check which group your child is in.
In phonics, we assess the children and group them according to their phonics knowledge. We will be following Phase 5 from Letters and Sounds.
Your child will choose two reading books every Friday to bring home. They will have these books for a week and can choose new ones on the following Friday. When the reading books come back into school, they will be ‘quarantined’ before they are put back into the system.
Please can I ask that all books are returned to school so we can send new ones home with your child. The children will not bring new books home unless they have returned the ones they had.
We would be grateful if you could read with your child as much as possible. This continues to be extremely important and will support all aspects of their learning.
Learning Logs and MyMaths
Homework will alternate between a learning log task and MyMaths. Your child will bring their learning log home every other week and during the week they do not, they will have MyMaths tasks. This means that we can ‘quarantine’ the learning logs for at least 72 hours before we look at them and then send them home again.
The learning logs are used at home but still follow the expectations of work completed within the classroom. Your child should use a pencil to write with and their work should be completed neatly and carefully. We want the children to feel proud of the work they do at home.
All homework will go home on a Friday and will need to be completed by the following Friday.
PE kits need to come into school on a Monday and will be sent home on a Friday to be washed. PE is taught by our sports coach, Mr Messenger, and our PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Summer term.
Thank you for your continuing support,