Welcome to Class 11
Miss Harrold Teacher
Ms Hinton TeachingAssistant
Mrs. Plant Teaching Assistant
Miss Tzelika Teaching Assistant
This half term our topic is Animals. In English our class will be reading and taking part in lots of activities linked to stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We're going on a Bear Hunt and What the Ladybird Heard. The children will also be learning about features of fiction and information texts and will be reading a range of information texts about minibeasts. We know that our class love to read with a grown up and it would be great if children want to share with us any books that they particularly like to read at home.
In Mathematics we will be working hard to recognise, read and write numbers to 50 and beyond and to recall number bonds to 10 and 20. We will also be taking part in practical activities to measure capacity and developing relevant vocabulary .We will be measuring and recording capacity and volume using non standard and standard units.
Younger children in the class are working on counting to 10 and beyond, recognising and writing numbers to 10 and beyond and matching numbers with the correct amount of objects.
In Science we are investigating growth and plants. We will be learning about the parts of flowering plants and trees and the jobs that they do. We will be exploring and investigating how seeds germinate and what plants need to grow best. The children will be observing how seeds and plants change over time and using scientific words to discuss these. We will be taking part in lots of outdoor gardening activities and your child will need a sun hat or cap in school as we are hoping for good weather.
We are currently developing our role-play area into a veterinary surgery. The children will be able to role-play familiar routines and key events to assist development of Animal topic vocabulary.
We are hoping to visit a local vet or pet shop as part of our Living Language Program this half term. This also greatly assists our children's vocabulary and language development. Supporting your child's development of new vocabulary with real life experiences is extremely beneficial and we would love to hear about any trips that you take.
All of the children have daily reading homework which needs to be recorded in their black reading record books. New spellings are given on a Tuesday. These are to be practised using the Look, Say, Cover method every evening and are tested on a Monday. Younger children need to complete phonics flashcard activities daily and a phonics overwriting activity once a week.
At The Grange we believe that it is crucial to work in partnership with parents and carers. There is an expectation that you will support us by ensuring that your child completes the tasks that we set as homework.
Obviously the level of your engagement will depend on your child’s age but we expect you take an active part in all aspects of homework and, where necessary, indicate that you have monitored the completion of it (e.g. by signing the Home/School Reading Record Book.)
The routines of reading every day, learning spellings and multiplication tables etc. can be great fun and very rewarding for all concerned. Best results are achieved when homework in not done at the last minute but has a fixed time in a child’s established home routine. Short, sharp periods of activity are preferable to prolonged periods of study where concentration can be lost.
Effective learning and consolidation of learning cannot happen in an environment with lots of distractions (e.g. television etc.) Please give some thought to where your child works at home.
Please see below the extensive list of websites that your child can visit to consolidate and extend his/her learning.
We are continuing to focus on our class motto, ’Kind hands, kind feet and kind words’ and we greatly appreciate your support in praising and letting us know about any kindness, no matter how small, that you see from your child at home.
We always enjoy cooking and tasting what we have made in class and will be taking part in weekly cookery sessions. It is extremely important for you to inform us of any allergies that your child may have.
Supporting your child at home
The following links will take you to Espresso and Purple Mash. Both contain numerous resources for supporting your child in all areas of the school curriculum. Individual log in details can be found in children's reading records. For further information about the curriculum please go to the Curriculum section of the school website.