This year we have 30 fantastic children in our class. Our Spring term topics have been 'To Infinity and Beyond', where we have been learning about where we live on planet Earth and other planets. After half term our topic will be 'Once Upon a time', where we base our learning on stories and tales. Planning is based on the children's interests and observations and for the Summer Term, we are learning about what life was like 'long long ago'.
We have a dinosaur museum in our classroom and have been outside searching for clues and creatures.
In Red Class....
We love books and reading and read lots of books at school. This could be in the classroom, at Forest School, outdoors or with our year 5 reading buddies (when bubbles in school are able to mix). Each child in Red Class, will bring home a reading book to share with an adult at home. To begin with, they are not expected to read this, but to enjoy the book, track the text from left to right, talk about the story and begin to develop a love of reading. When ready, each child will bring home a graded reading book, which they will start to read at home. These books come home after the children have learnt to read some phonemes and have begun reading at school. It is amazing, how many words the children can read! The children also bring home a 'Super Blending' book, where they can practise reading the phonemes taught and blend these together to read the word. We also send home 'keyrings' which contain common 'tricky' words, which can be practised at home, alongside the teaching of these in school.
As soon as the children are ready, we begin our synthetic phonics scheme, to teach the children to read and write. After we have taught a phoneme (sound), the children will bring home a phonics book, to practise reading and writing that phoneme at home. We have a phonics and maths meeting at school to explain this further.
In Red Class our intent is to build a deep understanding, confidence and confidence in maths. We do this through providing lots of engaging activities and many opportunities to develop and extend mathematical skills. We enjoy activities involving the 'numberblocks' and the children are encouraged to give explanations and reasons for their mathematical answers, furthering their understanding and deepening their leaning. We send home maths games for children to share with their families and use 'Doodlemaths' to support learning.