Welcome to Class 11
Miss Harrold Teacher
Ms Hinton Teaching Assistant
Mrs. Plant Teaching Assistant
This half term our topic will be 'Fairytales'. In English our class will be reading and taking part in lots of activities linked to stories such as Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. The children will also be learning about features of fiction and information texts and will be reading a range of information texts about China, Chinese culture and Everyday Materials as a cross curricular link to our Geography and Science Focus for the term. 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, to find one more and one less than a given number and we will be developing understanding of basic multiplication. We will also be taking part in practical money activities and developing relevant vocabulary .We will be measuring and recording 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 Everyday Materials. We will be learning about different materials and their properties. We will be exploring and investigating the similarities and differences between materials and developing related descriptive vocabulary. The children will be exploring and investigations which materials are best to use for different jobs. We will continue taking part in lots of outdoor activities including gardening and observing seasonal changes. Your child will need an appropriate coat in school.
We are currently developing our role-play area into a castle. The children will be able to role-play familiar routines and key events to assist development of Fairytales topic vocabulary.
We are hoping to visit a local library or storybarn 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.