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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 22/05/17

Literacy.  We will be using our plans and story maps to write our own story based on Mr Gumpy’s Outing. We will also be writing letters to Mr Gumpy from the animals that he took on the boat.

Phonics: ‘tch’ as in catch; ‘dge’ as in badge

Maths.  We will be using number bonds and related number facts to solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction. We will also be using concrete objects and pictures to help us solve missing number problems.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. air, care

2. air, hair, share, care

3. pair, hair, chair, share, care, stare

Homework.  Aesop’s Fables – The Cockerel and the Fox, p30. Please share this story with your child. Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite bit of the text, 3/4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite part. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests them about this extract and why.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Willow Class will be going on two trips after half term (you will receive more information about these trips nearer the time) one to Wandlebury on 12th July with the rest of KS1 and one the Fitzwilliam Museum for Arts Award certificate presentation. In order for these trips to happen we rely on the support of parent volunteers to help us so please let me know if you are able to help out on these days. If you are thinking of volunteering please could I also ask you to call at the office to apply for a D.B.S. check as all volunteers coming on school trips now need to have one and they take a while to come through.
  • The Willow Class marble jar has been filled and we are planning a reward for Friday 26th May. If you are able to send in a donation of fruit, crisps, small cakes, etc. we would be very grateful. Please send these into school on Friday.
  • Willow Class Assembly will be on Friday 26th May at 9:15am.
  • Wednesday 24th May – Show and Tell for City.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

Literacy. We will thinking about how we can write our own Mr Gumpy story by changing the setting and characters.

Phonics: ‘air’ as in hair; ‘are’ as in care

Maths. We will be deciding whether addition or subtraction is the most appropriate operation to use and applying our knowledge of number bonds and visual representation to solve a problem.

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html

Vocabulary: add, subtract, operation, total, number bonds

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. book, cube

2. book, cube, wood, huge

3. shook, looking, hooked, Tuesday, June, huge

Homework – Comparing and ordering numbers

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Willow Class Assembly will be on Friday 26th May at 9.15am.
  • Show and Tell. Wednesday 17th May – Beach; Wednesday 24th May – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

Literacy. We will be retelling the story of Mr Gumpy’s Outing with actions, using key phrases, verbs and pictures as prompts.

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/grammar/verbs/htm

Phonics: ‘oo’ as in book; ‘ue’ as in huge

Maths. We will be using place value to compare two or three numbers and to determine which number is bigger/smaller. We will also be to arranging three numbers in order of size. We will be spotting patterns of numbers when increasing or decreasing by 1, 2 or 5.

Vocabulary: most, least, more than, less than, compare, order, smallest, greatest

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. turn, cow

2. turn, cow, curl, now

3. turned, curling, burger, brown, town, now

Homework (apologies for last week’s repetition of a previous story!): Aesop’s Fables – The Rat and the Elephant, page 49. Please share this story with your child. Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite part of the text, 3-4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite part. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests them about this extract and why.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 10th May – Ocean
  • Wednesday 17th May – Beach
  • Wednesday 24th May – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

Literacy.  We will be investigating the characters from Mr Gumpy’s outing and writing questions for them to answer. We will also be doing some role play of the story and talking about verbs.

Phonics:  ‘ur’ as in nurse; ‘ow’ as in cow

Maths.  Given a number, identify one more and one less. Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

http://www.hbschool.com/activity/dive_treasure/

Vocabulary: most, least, more, than, less, than, compare, order, smallest, greatest

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. oil, boat

2. oil, boat, coin, coat

3. house points, voice, toilet, boating, soaped, loaded

Homework.  Aesop’s Fables, The Crow and the Jug, p.23 – please share this story with your child. Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite part of the text, 3/4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite part. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests them about this extract and why.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 26th April – City
  • Wednesday 3rd May – Meadow
  • Wednesday 10th May – Ocean
  • Wednesday 17th May – Beach

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 24/04/17

Literacy.  We will be listening to the story of “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” by John Burningham and identifying new and interesting words. We will be looking at the past tense and using an ‘-ed’ ending.

Phonics – ‘oi’ as in noise; ‘oa’ as in boat

Maths.  We will be counting to 100 and grouping in tens and ones. We will be thinking of a 2 digit number between 80 and 90 and using dienes rods to show the number. We will then count from this number to 100.  Vocabulary:  group, between, digit, more than, less than, most, least

Any other curriculum information

Geography – Weather permitting we will be walking around the school grounds and making a map of our journey using words, pictures and collage.

Spellings/Homework:

  • No Spellings this week
  • Homework – Counting in tens and ones

Messages/Dates/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 26th April – City
  • Wednesday 3rd May – Meadow
  • Wednesday 10th May – Ocean
  • Wednesday 17th May – Beach

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/03/17

Literacy.  We will be to looking at verb endings ‘ed’ and ‘ing’ and how to change root words by adding a suffix. We will also be making and writing Easter cards.

Phonics – ‘aw’ as in saw

Maths.  We will be continuing to learn to about measuring. We will investigate which is the appropriate measure to record for a problem, measure accurately and begin to record the results.  Vocabulary: longer/shorter; empty/full; heavier/lighter.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:     

1. sigh, bow

2. sigh, bow, bright, grow

3. sighing, growing, fighting, snowed, glowed, flowed

Homework:

Aesop’s Fables – The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, page 82. Please share this story with your child. Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite bit of the text, 3-4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite bit. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests them about this extract and why.

Messages/Dates/Requests:

  • If you are out and about over the weekend and see any signs of spring: buds; flowers; frogspawn; insects; lambs; etc please take a photo and bring into school for our signs of spring display.
  • Show and Tell: Wednessday 29th March – Ocean
  • Easter Service at St Luke’s Church – Friday 31st March at 1:45pm – parents welcome.
  • As next week is the last week of the Spring term we will be have a tidy up and sending a few things home. We will also be sending PE kits home on Wednesday.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

Literacy/RE.  We will be learning about the Christian festival of Easter, looking at what people do at Easter time and thinking about whether it is a happy or sad time for Christians.   We will also begin to look at verb endings ‘ed’ and ‘ing’.

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/ngfl/re/b-dag/ngfl-container/re-unit2en/html

Phonics – ‘igh’ as in light, ‘ow’ as in cow

Maths.  We will be learning to measure and record. We will investigate which is the appropriate measure to record for a problem, measure accurately and begin to record the results.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/length_and_weight/play/

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1. ten, six                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. ten, six, nine, seven                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. one, two, three, four, five, six

Homework:    http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zk8jxnb                                                                                                                                                                                                                 If possible watch the above clips about measuring with your child. We will watch them in school as well.                                                                                                       Choose 3 things in your house that are measured in different ways, including litres/millilitres, kilograms/grams and metres/centimetres. Decide what you need to measure them, a ruler/tape measure, weighing scale or a measuring jug.

Dates/Messages/Requests:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Cambridgeshire Learning Bus will be at St Luke’s this week and Willow Class will be visiting in two groups on Monday and Wednesday.
  • We have an assembly all about Healthy Eating on Wednesday and on Friday it’s a Red Nose Day assembly.
  • If you are out and about over the weekend and see any signs of spring: buds, flowers, frogspawn, insects, lambs, etc take a photo and bring into school for our signs of spring display.
  • Show and Tell: Wednesday 22nd March – Meadow; Wednesday 29th March – Ocean

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

It’s Science Week at St Luke’s! We will be using the book Captain Beastlie’s Pirate Party by Lucy Coats and Chris Mould, to investigate materials. We will be thinking of questions about the objects and materials in the book. For example:

  • Is wood the best material to make a ship?
  • What would be the best material for Captain Beastlie to wear in order for him to stay clean?

On Wednesday morning Izaak’s dad will be visiting Willow class to help us to investigate and dissect owl pellets.

Literacy.  We will be looking at some of the rules for making a word plural (using –s and –es).                                                                          https://roythezebra.com/reading-games/new-window/singular-or-plural-1.html

Maths.  We will be investigating capacity and volume using the following vocabulary: full/empty, more than/less than, half full/quarter full. We will be estimating how many cups it would take to fill different containers.                                                                                                                                          http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/FIlling-with-Litres-685                                                                                                                                            http://www.iboard.co.uk/iwb/Three-Bears-at-Breakfast-440

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. blue, blue

2. blue, glue, rain, train

3. blue, glue, raining, trainer, true, painful

Homework.  Aesop’s Fables/The Oak Tree and The River Reeds p66. Please share this story with your child. Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite part of the text, 3-4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite bit. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests them about this extract and why.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Volunteers are needed to help with a materials investigation first thing on Wednesday morning (9:15-10:15). We will be discussing, grouping and testing different materials. If you are able to help with this please see Mrs Tait.

Next week Mrs Tait will be out of class on Tuesday (writing end of term reports) and on Thursday morning (attending a conference). On Tuesday Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs McLarnon will be taking the class, and on Thursday morning Willow class will be covered by a supply teacher.

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 15th March – City
  • Wednesday 22nd March – Meadow
  • Wednesday 29th March – Ocean

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

Literacy.  This week we will be using our senses and describing words to write down what we might have seen, heard, smelt and touched during the Great Fire of London. We will also be learning the London’s Burning rhyme.  Here is a great 10 minute clip of Magic Grandad and The Great Fire of London: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarSSAwiimU

Maths.  We will be adding 2 numbers within 20 by counting on and recognising patterns in addition and subtraction:                     http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. Friday, Sunday

2. Friday, Sunday, Monday, Saturday

3. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Homework:

Write a book review about a favourite book(fiction or non fiction).

  • Read/share the book
  • Write down the title and author
  • Give at least 2 reasons why you like the book.
  • If appropriate write down your favourite character/page and why it is.
  • Draw a picture of your favourite page.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Next week I will be out of class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There will be a supply teacher in Willow Class.

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 8th March – Beach
  • Wednesday 15th March – City
  • Wednesday 22nd March – Meadow
  • Wednesday 29th March – Ocean

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Literacy.  In keeping with our Traditional Tales themed Book Week, we will be writing speech bubbles for characters, writing shopping lists for characters (to help us to understand commas) and making “wanted” posters.

Maths.  We will be telling the time to the hour and half hour and looking at practical time problems: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/telling_the_time/play/

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. girl, bird

2. girl, bird, first, dirt

3. girl, bird, twirl, thirteen, birthday, squirm

Homework – measuring using spoons.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Next week (27th February to 3rd March) is Book Week. The theme this year is Traditional Tales and Myths. There will be two competitions running throughout the week. The first is for extreme reading with an animal! Take a photo of yourself reading somewhere with a pet. Write your name and class on the back and give to your teacher. We will be giving prizes for the most interesting on Friday. There will also be prizes for the most creative Traditional tale or Myth costume on Friday 3rd March. Get thinking!

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 22nd February – Meadow
  • Wednesday 1st March – Ocean
  • Wednesday 8th March – Beach
  • Wednesday 15th March – City
  • Wednesday 22nd March – Meadow

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

Literacy/History.  We will be beginning to learn about The Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys and the dates and facts surrounding this significant historical event.

Phonics – ‘ir’ as in shirt.

Maths.  We will be investigating measuring and taking another look at time.

Geography.  We will be finding out some facts about polar bears and penguins.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings.  Please revise and learn the common exception words in the Shakespeare Spelling List.  This was sent home earlier in the year.

Homework.  Homework this week is to read and share with your child another Aesop’s Fable as part of our reading project. This week please could you read, discuss and respond with your child to ‘The Lion and the Fox’, on page 42.

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • 20th February, Big Write Day at St Luke’s – all welcome for assembly at 2:50pm
  • 27th February to 3rd March, Theme – Traditional Tales and Myths
  • Show and Tell: Wednesday 22nd February – Meadow; Wednesday 1st March – Ocean; Wednesday 8th March – Beach; Wednesday 15th March – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

Literacy.  We will be looking at plurals and when to add ‘s’ and when to add ‘es’ to a noun to make it plural. We will also be looking at question words: how, what, where, when, did, can, who?

http://roythezebra.com/reading-games/question-mark-1.html

Phonics – ‘y’ as in happy and ‘oy’ as in boy

Maths.  We will continue to investigate addition and subtraction number facts and using them to solve one step word problems.

http://www.ictgames.com/numberFactFighter/onlineVersion/index.html

Geography.  We will be finding out which continents different animals come from.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

  • tie, for
  • tie, for, lie, born
  • tie, for, lie, born, score, cries

Homework:  Choose one of the continents.  Find out some facts about the animals, people, weather and/or food.  Write down the facts in a sentence, eg: Lions live in Africa and eat zebra.  Draw an animal that lives on that continent.

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • Change of date – The next Willow class assembly will now be on Friday 26th May instead of Friday 10th February.
  • Show and Tell: Wednesday 8th February – City; Wednesday 22nd February – Meadow; Wednesday 1st March – Ocean; Wednesday 8th March – Beach

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Literacy/DT.  We will be looking at the materials that we have to make our furniture and predicting which material will be the most successful. After we’ve made our furniture we’ll see if our predictions were correct and why.

Phonics – ‘or’ as in corn and ‘ie’ as in tie.

Maths.  We will continue to investigate using a number line to add and subtract – http://nrich.maths.org/5652/index

Geography.  We will be finding out some information about Antarctica and what it is like for the people and animals that live there.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

  • day, tea
  • day, tea, play, tray
  • day, tea, play, tray, Tuesday, Wednesday

Homework – Addition using a number line.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Parent Consultations – Tuesday 31st January and Wednesday 1st February. A parent consultation letter should have come home with your child or the eldest sibling last week. If for some reason this hasn’t happened and you would like to make an appointment to see me for a 10 minute update on your child’s progress, please see me. A sheet will go up on the Willow Class window showing appointment times.
  • Change of date – The next Willow Class Assembly will now be on 26th May instead of 10th February.
  • Willow Class will be having a DT day on Wednesday 1st February where the children will be making furniture for fairy tale characters. If you are able to help at all on that day please see me; it may be messy! If you have any small boxes. Cardboard, lolly sticks or any other materials you think might be useful please bring in to school on MONDAY 3Oth JANUARY.
  • Show and Tell – Wednesday 1st February=Beach; Wednesday 8th February – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Literacy.  We will be imagining what different characters from traditional tales might say using speech bubbles. We will also be trying to put back the punctuation into a piece of writing.

Phonics – ‘ay’ as in play and ‘ea’ as in tea

Maths.  This week is Maths week at St Luke’s and in Willow Class we will be using the book ‘365 Penguins’ by Jean-Luc Fromental to help us to count in 2s, 5s and 10s, and to write in words problems involving addition and subtraction:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqiocxxmbbm

Geography.  We will be learning to identify and place the seven continents.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

  • ice, loud
  • ice, loud, space, count
  • ice, loud, space, count, circle, found

Homework:  Homework this week is to read and share with your child another of Aesop’s Fables as part of our reading project. This week, please read,discuss and respond with your child to ‘The Travellers and the Bear’ on page 34.

Dates/Requests/Messages:

  • I will be out of class on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th this week; Ms Din will be teaching Willow Class.
  • Willow Class will be having a DT day on Wednesday 1st February where the children will be making furniture for Fairy Tale characters. If you are able to help at all on that day please see me; it may be messy! If you have any small boxes, cardboard, lolly sticks or any other materials you think might be useful, please bring in to school on Monday 30th January.
  • Show and Tell – Wednesday 8th February – City; Wednesday 25th January – Ocean; Wednesday 1st February – Beach; Wednesday 8th February – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Literacy.  We will be continuing ou work with traditional tales, practising retelling a story to include the main events and making a story map.  We will be rewriting the story of Little Red Riding Hood from the point of view of the wolf and describing the characters.

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/little-red-riding-hood

Phonics – ‘c’ as in ‘ice’ and ‘ou’ as in ‘shout’.

Maths.  We will be continuing to work on addition and subtraction problems particularly using missing numbers. We will be using practical objects and counting back on a number line to help us, eg 7 + ? = 10 and ? – 6 = 4

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/addition_and_subtraction/play/

Vocabulary: subtract; minus; take away; less; fewer; leave; decrease; difference.

Geography.  We will be beginning to learn about polar bears and penguins, where they live and the weather that they’ve had to adapt to.

Spellings:

  • fox, sack
  • fox, sack, van, six
  • fox, sack, van, six, you, brick

Dates/Messages/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 18th January – Meadow
  • Wednesday 25th January – Ocean
  • Wednesday 1st February – Beach
  • Wednesday 8th February – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  Trinity Week – as a school this week we are learning about the Holy Trinity.  We will be doing some activities in class and sharing in Friday’s assembly.

Literacy.  We will be beginning to look at Traditional Tales and some of their characteristics, good characters, bad characters ,magical objects, castles, forests, etc.  We will also be looking at questions and how they are different to other sentences.

Phonics – ‘ck’ as in back and x, y, z

Maths.  We will be counting in 2s and identifying groups of 2 and using pictures to help us subtract.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/number-facts/number-fact-families

Vocabulary:  Subtract, minus, take away, less, fewer, leave, decrease, difference

Spellings.  We are introducing a whole school spelling scheme and will be sending home spelling lists half termly. The lists contain a mixture of new words and words that have been learnt earlier in the scheme. This should give children the opportunity to revise words that they already know ensuring they are not simply learnt for a test and then forgotten. Please help your child to learn these half termly lists alongside the weekly spellings. This half term we will send home wordlists 1 and 2 on a laminated sheet. Please look for them in book bags.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 11th January – City
  • Wednesday 18th January – Meadow
  • Wednesday 25th January – Ocean
  • Wednesday 1st February – Beach

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy.  We will be thinking about all the things we’ve done this term and using this information to write sentences for reports. We will also be writing a review of this year’s St Luke’s Christmas play after watching the dress rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon.

Phonics.  This week we will be reviewing the phonemes that we’ve learnt so far this term and phase 2 spellings (see below).

Maths.  Measuring and beginning to record time in hours, minutes and seconds (please see homework).

Any other curriculum information

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:  This week, and until the end of term, we will be testing spellings from the laminated blue sheet sent home at the beginning of term.  These are simple 2/3 letter words that are the building blocks of the children’s writing.  Don’t worry if it’s been mislaid – I will send out another one.  We will send out the next sheet of termly spellings in January.

Homework:  Beginning to record time. Look at the activities, have a guess at how long they will take to do. Write down your guess. Next, time yourself doing the activity. Write down how long it actually took. How did you do? Which was your closest guess?

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • On Tuesday 13th in the afternoon, Willow and Holly classes will be joining together to have a Christmas party.  We would be grateful for any donations of food for the party, e.g. crisps, fruit, breadsticks, small cakes biscuits, popcorn. Please bring into school on the morning of the 13th. Thank you.
  • On Wednesday 14th December, your child will be bringing home their end of term report.
  • Show and Tell – Wednesday 14th – Beach.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy.  We will be thinking of lots of winter describing words and using this interesting vocabulary to write winter shape poems and to describe winter scenes.

Phonics.  This week we will be reviewing the phonemes that we’ve learnt so far this term.

Maths.  We will be looking at position, direction and movement and thinking about the language we need for this, including: behind; in front of; underneath; north; south; east; west. We will also be looking at quarters.

http://nrich.maths.org/content/id/5560/Turn%20Man.swf

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. car, far

2. cart, part, arm, tart

3. cart, part, arm, tart, shark, market

Homework:

This week we will be continuing with our Classic Literature reading project. We will be sending home with your child the pack containing a beautiful collection of Aesop’s Fables and a reading journal. The idea is that you share with your child a particular story or extract from a story; this week it’s ‘The crow and the jug’ (page 23).

Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite bit of the text, 3/4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite bit. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests him/her about this extract and why.

Bring the pack back into school. On WEDNESDAY we will be having a class discussion about the fable. The books are numbered so that we will be able to keep track of them.

PLEASE look after the books! We wanted the children to be able to use something special for the project and to learn to love and treat books with respect.

Thank you for your support with this.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 7th December – Ocean
  • Wednesday 14th December – Beach

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

No information available

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy. This week we will be looking at rhyme and poetry, and also how to make a noun plural.

Phonics – ‘ar’ as in ‘car’

Maths.  We are moving from 2D to 3D shapes, recognising, naming and knowing the properties of cuboids, spheres, pyramids, cubes, cones.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. moon, zoom

2. moon, zoom, food, soon

3. moon, zoom, food, soon, loop, choose

Homework – Partitioning numbers into tens and ones:

http://www.ictgames.com/sharknumbers/html

Dates/Messages/Requests

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 23rd November – City
  • Wednesday 30th November – Meadow
  • Wednesday 7th December – Ocean

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy.  We will be learning to spell days of the week, looking at features of instructions and having a go at writing our own instructions about making clay pinch pots. We will also be looking at how to make a noun plural.

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/lists_and_instructions/eng/Introduction/MainSession.htm

Phonics – ‘oo’ as in moon

Maths – Place Value.  We will be beginning to partition numbers into tens and units or hundreds, tens and units:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/place_value/play/

http://www.ictgames.com/arrowcards.html

Spellings/Homework

1. and, for

2. home, bone, cone, joke

3. home, bone, joke, rope, rode, cone

Homework.   This week we are starting our Classic Literature reading project. We will be sending home with your child a pack containing a beautiful collection of Aesop’s Fables and a reading journal. The idea is that you share with your child a particular story or extract from a story; this week it’s ‘The dog and his bone (page 18). Talk about the story and ask your child to pick out their favourite bit of the text, 3/4 lines maximum. In the reading journal that’s in the pack, make a note of the page number and first line of their favourite bit. Write down yourself, or if keen ask your child to write down, what interests them about this extract and why.  Please bring the pack back into school. On WEDNESDAY we will be having a class discussion about the fable. The books are numbered so that we will be able to keep track of them. PLEASE look after the books! We wanted the children to be able to use something special for the project and to learn to love and treat books with respect.  Thank you for your support with this.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • On Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November, we will be having a visit from artist Rachel Dormer, who will be helping the children to make clay pinch pots.
  • Show and Tell – 16th November Beach; 23rd November City; 30th November Meadow; 7th December Ocean

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy.  We will be starting to write our own story based on the ‘Dogger’ plot, but changing the characters and setting.

Phonics – ‘o-e’ as in home

Maths.  We will be investigating time. We will be telling the time to the hour and half past the hour and drawing hands on a clock to show different times:

http://www.wmnet.org.uk/files/clock.swf

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

1. I, went

2. like, kite, five, three

3. like, kite, time, five, four, three

Homework. This week it’s all about 2D shapes. Can you identify the shape and match it to its properties?

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • On Monday 7th November, we will be having a Maths information evening. This will be similar to our Reading evening with a chance to ask questions after a brief overview of maths in KS1. There will be tea/coffee in the library at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start.
  • On Tuesday afternoon 8th November, we will be having a visit from staff from the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology.
  • On Wednesday 9th November Willow class will be visiting the Fitzwilliam Museum. Thank you for all the offers to help on the day. I will be letting you know if you are needed by Monday 7th November. We will be leaving school at 10:00am and taking part in a range of activities led by the museum staff. We will be having our packed lunch at the Museum and returning to St Luke’s at 1:00pm.
  • Friday 11th November – Story telling day in KS1
  • Show and Tell: Wednesday 9th November – Ocean; Wednesday 16th November – Beach; Wednesday 23rd November –

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy.  We will be looking at how we can write our own story based on a familiar story theme but changing the setting and characters.

Phonics – i_e as in crocodile and o-e as in home

Maths.  Big Maths Day – Monday 31st October. Mrs Proietti has planned an amazing pirate-themed day with loads of amazing pirate maths challenges. There will be an assembly at 2:45 to which parents are invited to come to in order to see what we’ve been getting up to!

Spellings/Homework.  No Spellings or Homework over half term; children are very tired and need a rest, but please do still continue to share books and the key word list with your child.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • The Life Education Bus will be in school from Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th November; Willow class will be visiting on Wednesday morning for a session about “My Wonderful Body”.
  • In History, we will be beginning to look at toys; it would be helpful if children could bring in a favourite toy for Wednesday 2nd November. We will be comparing toys today with toys from the past, so it would be good to have a range of different toys to look at and discuss.
  • On Wednesday 9th November Willow Class will be having a trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum as part of our arts activities. A letter with permission slip is being sent home on Friday 21st October. Please return the permission slip to me by Friday 4th November.
  • Show and Tell: Wednesday 2nd November – Meadow; Wednesday 9th November – Ocean.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy.  We will be finishing our story maps and writing a very simple version of the story ourselves. We will be focusing on finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and joining words. We will be trying to include some describing words as well.

Phonics.  We will be looking at all the phonemes that we’ve covered this half term:  sh, th, ch, ng, a_e, ee

Maths.  This week, we will continue to talk about counting in 10 from any number and starting to record adding two small groups or numbers together:

http://www.ictgames.com/caterpillar_slider.html

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

  1. I, can, dad
  2. bake, cake, tree, see
  3. shake, grate, speech, sheep

Homework:

Science Homework.  Please talk about the five senses with your child and help them to complete each sentence and then to illustrate it with an appropriate drawing or photo.

Dates/Requests/Messages

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 2nd November – Meadow
  • Wednesday 9th November – Ocean

Harvest Festival.  Harvest festival is on Thursday 20th October at 1:45 pmat St Luke’s Church. Willow Class will be singing two songs with Oak and Holly Class. Please bring any donations for the Harvest festival to school on Thursday 20th in the morning.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy.  We will be making a Dogger story map using story language, pictures and conjunctions to help us in our retelling. We will be continuing to look at when and where you need to use a capital letter.

Phonics.  We will be looking at ‘ae’ and ‘ee’. Try and spot these sounds with your child when reading together.

Maths.  This week, we will continue to talk about counting in 10 from any number and starting to record adding two small groups or numbers together.

Any other curriculum information

Science.  We will be investigating our five main senses, thinking about what we use to taste, touch, hear, see and smell. We will be going on a senses walk around the school grounds.

Spelling/Homework

Spellings:

  1. sing, song
  2. king, song, ring, bang
  3. thing, ringing, banging, song

Homework:  Simple addition. Write the answers in the circles and then write the number sentence on the line below.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Parent Consultations. An appointment slip will come home on Friday 7th October. Please look out for it in book bags .If you would like to make an appointment please see me.

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 12th October – Beach
  • Wednesday 19th October – City

Harvest Festival. Harvest Festival is on Thursday 20th October at St Luke’s Church. Willow Class will be singing two songs with Oak and Holly Class. Please bring any donations for the Harvest festival to school on Thursday 20th in the morning. Please see school newsletter for further details.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy.  We will be writing captions for pictures from the story Dogger using describing words. We will continue to retell the story verbally using pictures and actions and key words (once, next, after that, at bedtime etc), as prompts. We will be looking at the alphabet, both the letter names and sounds. We will also be looking at when to use a capital letter.

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/VTC/ngfl/ngfl-flash/alphabet-eng/alphabet.htm

Phonics.  We will be looking at ‘q’ and ‘ng. Try and spot these sounds with your child when reading together.

http://splash.abc.net.au/res/i/L7855/index.html

Maths.  This week, we will be consolidating counting in tens and introduce counting in 10 from any number. We will also be adding two small groups or numbers together. We will continue to look at number names and order numbers to 20.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

  1. chip, thin
  2. thin, moth, chin, chip
  3. chick, much, thing, teeth, church, this

Homework: Write a sentence(s) describing the picture.

In the picture I can see…………………

Dates/Messages/Requests

In this week’s R.E. session we are thinking about the different ways that babies are welcomed into a family. If you have anything that you can send in to help us with this (cards, presents, photos etc), we would be very grateful.

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 5th October – Ocean
  • Wednesday 12th october – Beach
  • Wednesday 19th October – City

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy.  We will be using the book ‘Dogger’ to think about setting (where the story takes place) and story language (Once there was, sometimes, when, now and then, one afternoon, just then, on the way home, at tea time, etc). We will also be starting to retell the story verbally using pictures and actions as prompts.

Phonics.  We will be looking at ‘ch’ and ‘th’.Try and spot these sounds with your child when reading together.

Maths.  This week we will be continuing to count in tens, twos and fives. We will also be looking at number names and order to 20.

Key Vocabulary: more, less

http://www.ictgames.com/whackAMole/index.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/gingerbread-man-game

Spellings/Homework:

  • Spellings
  1. in, is, at, to
  2. ship, rush, and, the
  3. ship, rush, and, the, but, put
  • Homework. Draw a picture of yourself. You must have 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2eyebrows, 2 nostrils, 2 arms, 2 legs, 5 fingers on each hand and 5 toes on each foot.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Show and Tell:
    • Meadow – Wednesday 28th September
    • Ocean – Wednesday 5th October
    • Beach – Wednesday 12th October
    • City – Wednesday 19th October

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy.  We will using the book ‘Dogger’ to talk about describing words (adjectives) and characters:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/magickey/characters.shtml#

Maths.  This week, we will be finding one more and one less than a number and counting in tens, twos and fives:

http://www.ictgames.com/whackAMole/index.html

RE – Signs of belonging.  If you or your child belong to any groups or clubs that have their own badge or symbol we would love to see them. This could be a Rainbows/Beavers uniform, swimming/football club badges as well as any signs of belonging to a religion. Please bring in to class in a named bag on Monday 19th.

Spellings.  We will be sending home a phoneme word mat and some high frequency and tricky words for you to use at home.

Homework.  Use some of the high frequency words to write a/some simple sentence(s) describing someone in your family. Remember your capital letter, finger spaces and full stop. Draw a picture or stick in a photo to illustrate your sentence.

Dates/Messages/Requests

There will be a Reading and Phonics evening on Tuesday 20th September.  Tea and coffee in the library from 5:15, KS2 session at 5:30 and KS1 session at 6:00.  This is intended to be a brief overview of how phonics and reading are taught and progress in each year group.

Show and Tell:

  • Wednesday 21st Sept – City
  • Wednesday 28th Sept – Meadow
  • Wednesday 5th Oct – Ocean

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Literacy.  We will be working with the book ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes for the next few weeks. It’s about a little boy who loses something that is special to him. We will be using it to investigate character, setting, language and to recognise and order the main events. This week, we are going to try and relate the events in the story to our own experiences.

Maths.  This week we will be ordering numbers 1-20, finding one more and one less than a number and counting in tens:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/caterpillar-ordering

RE.  We have been talking about belonging and groups that we might belong to, e.g. family, school, clubs, church, and mosque. This week, we will be looking at how some people show that they belong to a religion:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z4sb9j6

Spellings/Homework:

  • This week’s homework is to cover and clearly name your childs homework book. This is a large red book that will come home on Friday 9th September. It can be covered with anything that is sturdy enough to stay in one piece for quite a few months .Last year, there were lots of different ideas used including map wrapping paper and a collaged sheet of family photos. Be creative!
  • No spellings this week.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • In order to help us with our Literacy this week, please could your child bring in an object on Monday 12th September, that means something to them and that they will be able to talk about and tell us why it’s so special. They will be able to take the object home again that day.
  • Show and Tell will be on a Wednesday this term. It will be done in House groups starting on Wednesday 14th September with Beach. If your child would like to bring something in try and make sure that they can tell us a few facts about it. This is a really good opportunity to encourage children to talk in front of a large group.