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In Class we we are learning...
Caring for living things
Presentations for term 6:
Next term as part of our theme ‘Caring for Living Things’, we are asking the children to bring in some pictures and information about how to care for different animals. They will be using the work to make one poster with some other children in their group. So the work they bring in should not be mounted as it will not be displayed individually.
Please look below to see which animal your child is to find out about. All the children will need to bring in the work on Monday 17th June.
We have also arranged for Bristol Zoo to bring in some of their animals as part of a workshop on Caring for Animals which will take place on 3rd June. This has been paid for with our cake sale money. So a big thanks to the Friends of the School.
Communicating information - Children will research where food comes from and create a powerpoint to share their information.
Sacred texts - children will learn about the importance of the bible and other sacred texts.
SEAL(Social and Emotional aspects of Learning)
Weeks 1, 2 and 3 term 6
Phase 1 - Children will be introduced to Myths, they will discover where and when Myths were written and learn a little about Ancient Greece and the Gods so that they have a contextual understanding of Myths. Children will then learn about the features of a Myth, settings and begin to learn a Myth through oral storytelling.
Phase 2 - Children will look at how settings affect the events of a Myth and focus on the challenges that the main characters face. They will story map a familiar Myth themselves and act out some of the events. They will also look at language used and work on extending their sentences by using connectives, taking their writing from simple sentences to compound sentences.
Phase 3 - Children will write their own Myth based on one that they have read in class. They will attempt to extend their sentences and structure their writing.
Here are some websites with sentence and word games that children can play at home:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/ - Lots of great activities based on building sentences, connectives, punctuation and more.
http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html - Spellings games
http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy2.htm - Loads of activities divided into Grammar games (for practicing using a range of words in writing) and Punctuation games (for using a range of punctuation in the correct places).
http://languagearts.k12flash.com/index.html - A selection of games for practically every area of Literacy!
We also have a range of word mats that we use in class, click on the red words to open the mats. You can use these at home to help develop your childs language. You could give them an opener, an adjective and/or a connective to put into their own sentence, talk about the meaning of unknown words or challenge them to change their sentences using more interesting words.
Reading and spellings
We would really appreciate it if all children could practise reading and spelling the high frequency words (which can be found HERE).
We have put together some questions which can be used when talking about books with your child at home. These will help to develop their understanding of the text. We have grouped these into Questions for developing readers, Questions for reading and Questions for more able readers.
If you would like more books to read at home, you can access many different fiction and non-fiction texts by following this link :http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Library/Index/?AgeGroup=4. Please also remember that we do have books which children can take one of at a time, these are found in our class and are levelled by colour.
Weeks 3, 4 and 5 - Revisiting calculation
Children will be revisiting the methods of calculation previously taught. We will go over the best methods for all four opporations and apply these methods to problem solving using the RUCSAC method (Read, Underline, Choose, Solve, Answer, Check.)
We have put together some documents to explain how calculation is taught from Reception to Year 4. These may help you to work on calculations at home with your child. Click the links for the related documents.
We would ask that you please practise number bonds to 10 and 20 at home with your child. You can find a sheet explaining what number bonds are HERE as well as a number bond rhyme which may help in learning the pairs HERE. It is important that children learn these, as they will be useful for children when they begin adding and subtracting mentally. Once your child knows them and can recite them quickly, they could also practise adding single digit numbers to two digit numbers.
Here are some useful websites for practicing known facts at home, if you use other websites that your child enjoys and you think others would like it too, email me the link and I will post it here (firstname.lastname@example.org):
http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths/fun-activities/ - Lots of fun activities set for different age groups.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/numbers/chi.shtml - Good for addition and subtraction.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime/ - Good for recognising numbers, ordering, and printables.
http://www.mathplayground.com/ - Good timed flashcards for addition/subtraction.
http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/ -Lots of activities for different areas of maths.
http://www.skillstrainer.co.uk/ - You need to register for this site but it is free. There are good addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
http://www.channel4learning.com/sites/puzzlemaths/games_menu.shtml - Good number problems playing around with addition/subtraction.
http://uk.ixl.com/math/years - Good for a huge variety of skills and focused for different year groups.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/flash/stage7.shtml (Keyboard Typing)