Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Orange Class
Orange Class consists of 30 hardworking, keen-to-learn children. Miss Bushnell is the class teacher with help from Mrs Spink who is our super Teaching Assistant.
Our topic this half-term is...
From A to B
This term our Learning Journey has a History focus, but English, Maths, Geography, Science, Art, DT, PE, RE and Music will all link together to create an exciting, memorable learning experience.
In English, we will be focusing on the wonderful story 'Meerkat Mail' by Emily Gravett and going on an adventure with Sunny. We will also be creating some exciting transport poetry as well as writing a non-chronoligcal report linked to our history topic.
In Science, we will be learning about materials and their properties exploring how we can change the shape of a material by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching them. Metal, plastic, wood, glass... just some of the materials we use to make the things that surround us. In Orange Class the children will explore the purpose and appropriateness of different materials for specific tasks. For example, which material would be best to make a pillow?
In our Learning Journey, we will be exploring how travel has changed over time and how transport has evolved. On our visit to the Morgan Factory we will be taken on a journey of how a car is made from start to finish and all by hand! Each Morgan is hand crafted using three core elements: ash, aluminium and leather making every Morgan entirely unique. As the company has been passed through the generations the children will see the same craftsmanship skills that were integral during the founding of the Morgan Motor Company in 1909 and are still as alive in 2019 - Morgan's 110th year in business!
As well as this we will also be researching some historical figures - George Stephenson - Father of the Railways and - The Wright Brothers - who invented, built and flew the first successful airplane.
PE is currently on a Thursday afternoon however please ensure PE kits are in school at all times. In PE, we will be focusing on travelling and finding different ways of linking movement together using our REAL PE scheme.
Swimming is on Tuesday afternoons and we are lucky enough to have 12 sessions - please ensure children have full swimming kit and goggles.
KS1 SATS Information May 2020
Children in Orange Class will be taking their SATS tests during May. This is nothing for children or parents to worry about. The tests are not qualifications and don’t affect your child’s future options in school. The results are an opportunity to compare pupils nationally to ensure
schools are helping pupils to master the basics in English and mathematics, and make progress.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents ,
where you can find information leaflets and videos for more details about KS1 and KS2 SATS.
Please read with your child as often as possible (every day if you can). Research shows that children who read at home make better progress with their reading generally.
The National Literacy Trust which suggested that young people who read outside class were 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.
It also follows a study from London's Institute of Education published last week which suggested that children who read for pleasure are likely to be better at both maths and English than those who rarely read in their free time.Please encourage your child to bring their reading bag to school every day.
Reading books are changed each week as needed, with children taking home 3 books at a time. I hope you'll enjoy these books together and spend the time to discuss the story and interesting word choices. Please could you ensure Reading Record Logs are filled in.
Spelling homework will go home on the Monday to be tested on the Friday. These sheets will be given out on spelling sheets. If a spelling sheet goes missing please collect another sheet from class. Children will also have weekly maths or english work (alternating) to complete in their homework booklets. These will be sent home on Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday.
We are looking for parent helpers to come in to hear readers. Please contact me if you can spare some time to help. Thank you.
If you would like to discuss anything or have any queries, please don't hesitate to email me at - firstname.lastname@example.org.