Magically, over the summer, the children have grown into Peregrines and have returned to class enthusiastic and ready to learn. We have spent an excellent week starting to learn new routines and will now be exploring our new topic to mindmap all the directions the children want to develop the ‘Places and Spaces’ theme. There are clear links to our Geography work, which will include mapping our special and familiar places at home, in school and around Glossop as well as imaginary places using a wide range of picture books. A lot of our activities will have a seasonal flavour as we learn how our world changes as Autumn turns to Winter. We will also be learning about the most amazing space of all – our fantastic and creative brains and how we can use them for thinking and experiencing the world around us!

Maths

  • Practising counting up and down in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s, ordering
  • and finding missing numbers, gradually building up to 100 and beyond.
  • Learning about place value and representing numbers in different ways, using a wide range of maths equipment including number lines and squares, counters, cubes, straws and rods.
  • Adding and subtracting numbers mentally, learning that we can use a range of methods.
  • Using our number bonds to 10 to solve addition and subtraction and missing number problems and recording ‘number sentences’.
  • Estimating and measuring weights, lengths and capacities.
  • Sharing and finding half of objects and numbers.
  • Beginning to explore how we measure time.

Science

  • Looking at the differences between living and non-living
  • things and categorising animals using simple features.
  • Describing the weather in Glossop and comparing it with other parts of the world.
  • Observing seasonal changes closely in the school grounds, through regular visits to the park and in story and non-fiction books.
  • Exploring materials and the properties which make them useful.

English

  • Developing our spoken language and listening skills in class
  • discussions, Drama, role play, group work and games.
  • Revising Phonics sounds covered so far and learning consonant blends and vowel sounds as well as becoming confident sight-reading tricky words.
  • Reading a wide range of popular picture books, stories and non-fiction texts to develop our ideas for writing stories, information and poems.
  • Learning about nouns, adjectives and different types of sentences.
  • Enjoying Guided Reading and comprehension work in groups.
  • Working on our personal writing targets in our weekly ‘News’ writing.

Arts

  • Discussing and being inspired by the paintings of Monet to create pictures of special places.
  • Creating collages and sculptures reflecting the natural world using ideas from the work of Goldsworthy.
  • Using digital means of recording these images and sharing them using a class blog.
  • Practising drawing more realistic animals, places and people, including self-portraits.
  • Performing lots of songs, chants and rhymes and exploring instrumental sounds, including using ipad apps to make music together.

Knowledge and understanding of the world

  • Using and creating simple maps of our homes, school, the local area and the journeys we regularly make, using symbols and keys, to learn about places which are near to St Luke’s and those which are further away.
  • Designing, creating and assembling finger puppets, masks and moving pictures for story-telling.
  • Cooking regularly to practise skills and learn about healthy choices.
  • Asking questions about changes and historical events which have happened in living memory.
  • Writing simple algorithms for everyday activities and creating instructions for programming Beebots to travel across our own maps.
  • Visiting different places of worship to compare differences.
  • Understanding how to develop good learning behaviours and teamwork and joining the whole school SEAL theme of ‘Changes’.

Physical Development

  • Working with PAS on movement, travelling and team skills.
  • Developing our construction skills including cutting, painting, drawing and folding.
  • Developing coordination through music, team activities and exercises.
  • Working on developing a comfortable writing posture and pencil grip to support good handwriting and correct letter formation.

How you can help your child:

  • Please hear your child read as often as possible. Several 10-minute reads each week are often better than one long session. Take your time and enjoy discussing the story together. Encourage your child to reread the story as this helps enormously with sight reading, too.
  • Read information and signs together, when you are out and about. Encourage them to use their phonics knowledge to sound out and blend new words.
  • Practise counting, weighing and measuring, using coins and telling the time to the nearest hour using clocks with hands. Involve them in everyday activities such as shopping, cooking and baking for fun ways to practise using numbers in practical situations.
  • Give your child as many real writing opportunities as possible, such as writing cards and postcards, shopping lists and notes.
  • PE with PAS is on Thursdays however please make sure children have a PE kit in school at all times. Children will need a warm top or sweatshirt, joggers, trainers and pumps, please.

I am available most days, except Wednesdays, after school if you need a quick chat and can always arrange a longer appointment if necessary. Please don’t hesitate to raise any questions or concerns.

Thank you.