Learning this half term in class 1:
The theme of this half term’s learning is Secret Garden!’
This term we will be thinking about what is in the garden. The children will be looking at non-fiction and what a non-fiction text is, not just fact books, instructions, postcards and posters. We will be spending time using drama and hot seating to help immerse ourselves in our topic, we will use the book the secret garden to engage the children. We will be studying ‘plants and animals in our gardens. Children in reception will also be looking at the bad tempered Ladybird, caterpillars, beanstalks and bears. There will be a strong focus on reading comprehension and handwriting this term. It is important that children use the correct letter formation to enable them to eventually use a semi cursive script.
We will continue to work hard on the presentation of our work this half term and we will be concentrating really hard on remembering to spell our tricky words correctly and using ‘wow’ words in our writing.
We aim to read with all the children at least three times each week, but we actively encourage the children to read as part of their lessons and routines throughout the day.
Reading is so important for the children so please help your child at home by-
Maths/Number, Shape, Space and Measure
In Early Years and KS1 we will all be making sure we are confident with reciting the 2, 5, and 10 x tables using the BBC super mover’s clips to enable children to be active as they learn. In KS1 our focussed work with number will begin by revising our fractions work from the end of last term and we will then look at length and weight before moving on to understanding how to solve problems. In Early Years will be working with position words, measuring and time.
You can help your child at home by-
Topic – The secret Garden. (KS1 Geography Rec. Understanding of the World (UW). Our focus this term will be on geography and looking at the weather and mapping skills using the outside garden to make our own map. In history we will be looking at Chatsworth House and Gardens, we will look at Lancelot “Capability” Brown and Bess of Hardwick.
Science (UW) – As we work in the Garden we will have the opportunity to explore mini beasts and their habitats consolidating on some of our learning last term. The children will be making observations of a local habitat and the creatures that live there. The children will also have the opportunity to research a range of mini beasts and this will link with our English work as we will make a class book about mini beasts in our garden. We will also continue to consider the idea of dependency between plant and animal species. We will also be looking at plants and trees in our garden and in the local area, so if you are out walking with the children point out the different plants and trees growing around Curbar.
Outdoor Learning – The children will also be exploring the gardens and they will be planting bulbs in the garden. They will also build a bug house in the garden and look at the mini beasts in the garden.
Computing – As well as using the laptops within our literacy we will be learning how to make a leaflet about things in the garden, they may choose plants, animals, mini beasts or trees on which to focus. They will research their chosen topic using a google search. The Reception children will be completing age-related programs on the iPads and laptops.
Art/DT. This half term the children will be designing and making their own woodland creature, they will design their animal on paper, then make this using felt and sewing to join the felt. They will then assess and review their product. The children will also be exploring the work of the Victorian artist, William Morris inspiring them with colour, and patterns as they create their own pieces of art.
P.E. – Extra Time – Gymnastics
Music – The children will identify different ways sounds can be made and changed; use and choose sounds confidently in response to a stimulus. The children will begin to focus their listening and recognise and control how sounds can be made louder, quieter, and faster. They will imitate, memorise, internalise and recall musical patterns; compose and arrange music in response to a range of music stimulus.
R.E. – This half term we will be looking closely at Christianity particularly Easter and Holy week. We will also in PSHE consider others and their feelings.
Year 1 and 2 will have homework tasks set each week – one to reinforce English skills and one to reinforce maths skills learned in class that week. This will be given on a Friday and should be brought back in on a Wednesday. Your child will also have key word spellings to learn each week. Reception children should learn their letter sounds and key words. There may also be times when the children will also bring home a topic related piece of homework. Reception children will bring home 4 tricky words to learn to read and write each week along with sounds. The reception children will also have their diary work each week.
Please do not hesitate to contact staff at school if you have any questions regarding your child’s learning. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you and your child.
Your child will be taking their SATs tests during May 2018. We hope the information below will help you understand your child’s SATs tests in a little more detail.
What are SAT’s?
SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) take place at the end of year 2 and are designed to test pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the key stage 1 programme of study. All year 2 children across the country are tested in English and Maths and this gives the government a clear picture of what standards look like. It also helps parents compare their child’s progress with children of the same age nationally. This is the third year that a year 2 cohort has been tested on the new curriculum that was introduced in September 2014. Consequently, the testing process has been changed to previous years to account for this.
What will my child have to do?
Paper 1 – (30 minutes)
Paper 2 – (40 minutes)
English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (SPAG) – OPTIONAL
Paper 1 – short answers (20 minutes)
Paper 2 – spelling (15 minutes)
Paper 1 – arithmetic ( 20 minutes)
Paper 2 – reasoning ( 35 minutes)
What happens to the tests?
Tests are marked internally by the class teacher. Parents will be given a copy of their child’s test results and teacher assessments. The results of the school are used to inform school ‘performance tables’.
What do the results mean?
It is important to understand that children cannot ‘fail’ SATs. The information is used as a snapshot of where children across the country are currently working. Since the removal of the ‘old’ levels, the government has had to think of a new way of measuring attainment. From 2016 onwards, the raw score from each test will be converted into a scaled score and each child will receive an overall result indicating whether or not they have achieved the required standard on the test.
What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?
It is planned that 100 will represent the ‘national standard’. Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100. The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100. A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
In July 2018 for the first publication of test results, each pupil will receive:
How can I help them at home?
In school, we will help support the children for them to achieve the very best results that they can. We have every confidence in them!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Mr Beahan and Mrs Berry
Please find attached the presentation from the parents meeting in April 2018:
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