Welcome to Summer term Woodpecker class!
I hope you have had a safe and restful Easter break.
Over the course of the Summer term term we will continue to work hard in our studies. It is hard to think that our class hasn't yet completed a full academic year of school. We have one full term to go and even though I recognise how tiring it will be, I am sure we can all work together and make the most of this exciting and busy term.
PE for the first half term will be on a Tuesday morning, so please make sure there is a kit in school ready for this. Please make sure it contains some trainers in case we venture outside for our lessons. For girls with long hair please make sure it is tied back. Anyone with pierced ears will need to remove earrings before PE, so either make sure your child can do this themselves or remove for the day of PE.
In English we will be studying a fantastic book called 'Hom' by Jeanne Willis. It really is a beautiful story with amazing illustrations which I am very much looking forward to sharing with the class. Through this text we will be improving our descriptive language and in depth creation of characters. Following this, we will be studying 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare. It will of course be a child friendly version and will link nicely to our prior art learning where we studied Turner's seascapes. Setting descriptions will be our focus as we study this text.
In maths we will be continuing our work on fractions before moving on to capacity and volume. We will then look at bar models to help us solve addition and subtraction problems. In between we will of course have our SAT's (statutory assessment tests). These are due to take place during May. There will be 2 maths papers (arithmetic and reasoning). We will be completing some practice quizzes in class and past papers are available on line if you wish to have a look for yourselves. (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials#key-stage-1-past-papers)
Our wider curriculum will be covered through learning about living things in their habitats in science, Northern Europe in geography, history painting in art, boat making in design and technology, healthy and safer lifestyles in PSHE, music and spreadsheets in computing, Sikhism in RE, powerful voices in History, games in PE and musicianship in music. Wow! Below I have attached some knowledge organisers for art, science, geography and history which will give you an insight into our topics.
Reading books will be coming home again with a reading record for you to complete with your child when reading with them. Please try to do this as often as you can to support their reading skills of decoding and comprehension. Our reading SATs will also take place in May and will consist of 2 papers where the children will be tested on their reading comprehension skills.
If you have any queries please speak to myself in the first instance or contact the office staff.
Woodpecker Class Teacher
Other adults who will be in class include Mrs McDuffus (teaching assistant), Miss Lawson (PPA teacher on Tuesday morning or afternoon) and Miss Bircham.
The BBC has a specific learning platform full of interactive games and videos for you to have a look at, which cover the whole curriculum. Make sure adults check any videos and games before you watch or play them. Remember you must always ask an adult before you go online. You will need to click on the link and then click on the resources for primary school aged children https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize.
https://www.thenational.academy/ which can be accessed by parents and teachers and includes online lessons which can be filtered by age or curriculum subject. Feel free to have a look and take advantage of their resources.