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Summer 2:

I hope you all had a fantastic half term! Last half term was wonderful with lots of time spent outside in the sunshine. Highlights were our trip to Fairfield Orchard as well as learning about minibeasts in the wildlife area. We also really enjoyed our Gym stars sessions using the mini gym equipment. As always we have got off to a great start this week and we have lots to look forward to this half term! We have already had a visiting puppeteer who helped us to make Punch and Judy style puppets which are just brilliant. We will also be having a dramatist and an artist visiting Yellow class as well as a trip to Morecambe and our class assembly at the end of this half term. Watch this space.

Our topic this half term is Buckets and Spades. Our writing will be based around the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda and David Armitage. We will then read and write seaside poetry. We will practice time, fractions and volume in maths. In History we will be learning all about seaside holidays from the 1950s and the Victorian times and comparing them to seaside holidays now. Materials is our focus in Science and we will finding out about a range of seaside materials and their properties. We will also be investigating materials and testing their suitability e.g. how waterproof they are. In our art lessons we will be mixing and using paint to create observational paintings and landscapes and moving on to create beach collages.

As usual, Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Wednesday morning and PE will continue to be on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. On a Thursday afternoon we will continue to have Gymstars coming in for our PE lessons and we will be carrying out our lessons outside on the field. Please ensure your child has full kit on these days including pumps so they can get the most out of it they can.

Here are some of the topic words we will be learning this half term. Please go through them and practice with your child.

‘wood’   ‘metal’   ‘plastic’   ‘rubber’   ‘stone’   ‘fabric’  ’glass’  ‘flexible’  ‘waterproof’ ‘transparent’  ‘translucent’  ‘opaque’  ‘rough’  ‘smooth’ ‘hard’ ‘heavy’ ‘light’ ‘Victorian’  ‘bathing machine’  ‘penny farthing’  ‘steam train’  ‘penny lick’ ‘century’ ‘decade’ 

It is truly wonderful to see such a huge number of children reading at home 3 times a week and often more. As you know, this has a huge impact on your child’s progress. It matters even more now as we are paving the way for year 3 and Key Stage 2 and the more you read with your child, the more prepared they will be. We are so proud of them and how hard they work and comprehension skills are at an all time high. We will of course continue to reward children who read 3 times or more a week and we will be putting on a bigger treat at the end of the half term. You can track your child’s progress on the star chart on the classroom window.

Summer 1:

What a glorious two weeks of sunshine we have had! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter and you enjoyed every minute. The children have been telling me all about their adventures, it’s been so lovely to hear about. There was so much to celebrate in the Spring term. The children worked so hard and made fantastic progress. They have had a fabulous start to the summer term and settled back into school beautifully. They make me proud every day.

Our topic this half term is ‘Creepy Crawlies!’ We will be learning lots about minibeasts and their habitats. In English we are studying animal adventure stories beginning with The Snail and the Whale. We will also be doing some reading work relating to What the Ladybird Heard. Both books are by Julia Donaldson. Next, we will be writing recounts of an event in the past tense and also looking at some classic poems. In maths we will be looking at 3D shapes, fractions and time and continuing to practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. In Geography we will be learning all about the weather and seasonal change and in DT we will be making and sewing minibeast puppets!

As usual, Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Wednesday morning and PE will continue to be on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. On a Thursday afternoon we are lucky enough to have  a company called Gymstars in who will bring lots of amazing gym equipment for the children to use! Please ensure your child has full kit on these days including pumps so they can get the most out of it they can.

Here are some of the topic words we will be learning this half term. Please go through them and practice with your child.

‘minibeast’    ‘habitat’  ‘pond’ woodland’ ‘meadow’  ’temperature’  ’warm/cold weather front’  ‘north,’ south,’ ‘east’ ‘west’  ‘England’  ‘Scotland,’ ‘Wales,’ ‘Northern Ireland,’  ‘back/running stitch’

Reading at home is rocketing with many children reading three times a week or more every week! This continues to have a huge impact on your child’s progress and so many children are moving up the stages and reading a wider range of more challenging books. This is fantastic to see and the children love choosing their books and finding ones they are interested in. Comprehension skills are improving all the time and everyone is becoming more confident in answering more challenging questions. We will continue to reward children who read 3 times or more a week and we will be putting on a bigger treat at the end of the half term. You can track your child’s progress on the star chart on the classroom window.

Spring 2:

Welcome back after a lovely week of sun! I hope you have all had a fantastic week and a good rest. The children are doing so brilliantly and are making so much progress. We are all so proud of them. Highlights from last half term were our visitors from the Space Dome and our trip to the Maritime museum. The weather is improving which means we will be doing more and more learning outside which we love in Yellow class! This half term we will be learning all about different animals, their survival and growth including life cycles. We also have a very exciting trip planned. Watch this space!

In our English work we will be reading Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and doing lots of exciting learning and creative writing based on it. Next, we will be learning all about persuasion and writing persuasive letters and adverts. Our last English topic will be poetry based and we will be reading and writing riddles. In maths we will be learning all about picture graphs, problem solving, money and shape and continuing to practice our number skills. In our science work we will be looking very closely at what makes an animal (including humans) alive and what its basic needs to survive are. We will also be learning about how animals have offspring that grow into adults and looking at a range of animals and their life cycles e.g. frogs, butterflies, chickens and sheep. We will also be creating some amazing animal art work and writing a new animal song as part of our TIME project.

As usual, Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Wednesday morning and PE will continue to be on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has full kit on these days including pumps as we will run a mile when we can, weather permitting.

Here are some of the topic words we will be learning this half term. Please go through them and practice with your child.

‘survival’    ‘offspring’     ‘pupa’    ’chrysalis’   ‘life cycle’   ‘frogspawn’     ‘froglet’      ‘tadpole’     ‘incubation’  ‘hatching’    ‘habitat’    ‘food chain’  ‘mammal’   ‘minibeast’   ‘amphibian’

Reading at home has really taken off in Yellow Class with so many children reading three times a week or more every week! This has made a huge impact on your child’s progress and so many children are moving up the stages and reading a wider range of more challenging books. Comprehension skills are improving all the time and everyone is becoming more confident in answering more challenging questions. We will continue to reward children who read 3 or more times a week and we will be putting on a bigger treat at the end of the half term. You can track your child’s progress on the star chart on the classroom window.

What a joy to see such a fabulous collection of creative homework from last half term! We had amazing rockets, excellent information posters, delicious cakes and super solar systems. Again, so many of you are enhancing your children’s learning by working on these amazing creations at home. Please find the creative homework for this half term on the reverse of this sheet. Happy creating and we can’t wait to see what will be brought in!

Spring 1:

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic start to the year. There was so much to celebrate last term and all the children made wonderful progress. They make me proud every day. This half term is going to be fantastic with lots of exciting learning taking place.

As last term, Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Wednesday morning. English lessons are focused around stories by the same author and we are studying Simon Bartram books which are stories about explorers. Later on we will be writing non-fiction texts. In Maths we will be learning about measuring length and mass and continuing to practise our number skills. PE is on a Wednesday morning with Mr Miller and a Thursday afternoon with me. Please ensure children have full kit on these days including pumps as we will be running a mile, weather permitting. Our topic this half term is Explorers. Its going to be a fantastic topic! We will be learning about famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong in History and identifying the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world in Geography. We will also be finding out all about life in Nairobi, Kenya and the Maasai tribe and comparing them to life in Lancaster.  We will also be making and creating moving vehicles for explorers in DT. Below is a list of vocabulary we will be learning and using in our topic this half-term and I would greatly appreciate it if you could discuss these words and their meanings at home.

mast’    ‘deck’     ‘crow’s nest’   ‘rigging’     ‘astronaut’  ‘orbit’    ’gravity’  ’Lunar roving vehicle’    ‘country’   ‘continent’   ‘ocean’     ‘axle’    ‘chassis’         

Reading continues to be a big focus for us in Yellow Class and we will be reading with your child as often as possible in school both in group guided reading lessons and on an individual basis throughout the day. You can help a great deal with your child’s progress throughout the curriculum by reading with your child as regularly as possible at home and writing what they have read and how they are doing in their reading record. This term we will reward children who read three times (or more) a week. You can track your child’s progress on the poster on the classroom window. We will very much be working on comprehension and understanding of the books your children read. While you are reading it is worth going through any new or challenging vocabulary and asking questions about what they have read to ensure understanding. There are sometimes activities / questions at the back of your child’s book. If you want any advice on this, please come and see us and ask. We are very happy to help!

We had some amazing creative homework last term. On the homework letter are some creative ideas for your child and it would be great to see even more of Yellow Class exploring and applying their learning in creative ways at home.  Please encourage your child to have a look at these ideas and help them choose one they would like to create.

We are very excited for a fantastic half term and to continue to see the class make fabulous progress and flourish. They have already got off to a wonderful start. If there is every anything you wish to talk about please remember our door is always open. Please come and see me anytime. Thank you for your continued support.

Autumn 2:

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fantastic half term. The children have settled back in brilliantly and have been filling me in about their week off. We have got off to a super start and I am so proud of all of them. Tabby McTat at the Grand was amazing and the children who went to the Halloween disco had loads of fun!

As last half term, Mr Miller teaches groups on a Tuesday morning and teaches the whole class on a Wednesday morning. We continue to do reading, writing and maths lessons each day. English lessons are focused around Traditional Tales with a Twist where we will read well known stories from different character’s points of view and with different settings. Later on we will be writing instructions. In Maths we do daily Maths No Problem lessons and over the next few weeks we are learning about multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10. PE is on a Wednesday morning with Mr Miller and a Thursday afternoon with me. Please ensure children have full kit on these days.

Our topic this half term is ‘’Fighting Fit.’ We will be learning all about how to be healthy, what foods are good to eat as a balanced diet and learn about and do a range of exercise. We will also be learning about how to be hygienic in terms of handwashing and cleaning teeth. Linked to this we will be studying the artist Keith Haring and practicing drawing, sculpting and painting the human figure. In music we will be playing instruments and dancing along with Latin music and learning some Zumba moves! We will also be having a visiting actor and musician as part of the TIME project.

Reading continues to be a big focus for us in Yellow Class and we will be reading with your child as often as possible in school both in group guided reading lessons and on an individual basis throughout the day. You can help a great deal with your child’s progress throughout the curriculum by reading with your child as regularly as possible at home and writing what they have read and how they are doing in their reading record. Please talk to your child about the stories and books they are reading. Asking lots of questions will really help with understanding. There are often examples of things you can do and ask at the back of their reading books.

It is going to be a wonderful half term with lots of exciting learning and activities taking place. Please remember my door is always open for questions or if you would like to let me know anything or discuss your child’s progress. I am always very happy to meet and chat. Many thanks for your continued support.

Autumn 1:

Welcome back after such a lovely, long summer. I hope you have all had a fantastic time! The children have been telling me all about their adventures and it has been brilliant getting to know them. What a wonderful start to the year it has been! The children have settled in beautifully and have got off to a super start. Here is some information about our class and what we will be learning this half term.

Miss Frankland is the class teacher and Mrs Shepherd is our teaching assistant who works Monday to Thursday. Miss Morgan works with us every afternoon. Mr Miller teaches groups on a Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and teaches the whole class on a Wednesday morning. We will be doing reading, writing and maths lessons each day. English lessons will initially be based around the story Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson. Next, we will be looking at information texts and then poetry towards the end of the half term. PE is on a Wednesday morning with Mr Miller and a Thursday afternoon with me. Please ensure children have full kit including pumps as we will be making the most of doing it outside while we can.

Our topic this half term is ‘The Place Where we Live.’ We will be finding out lots about the history and geography of Lancaster including the history of the school. If anybody in your family went to Willow Lane or the Marsh Primary School when you were young it would be fantastic for you to talk about it and how it has changed over the years. In Science we are finding out about animals in our environment, habitats and life cycles. We are also exploring sounds and instruments in music and printing in art. We have got an exciting and fun half term ahead.

Reading is a big focus for us in Yellow Class and we will be reading with your child as often as possible in school both in reading lessons and on an individual basis throughout the day. You can help a great deal with your child’s progress throughout the curriculum by reading with your child as regularly as possible at home and writing what they have read and how they are doing in their reading record. We will change the books as often as possible, usually daily. On Thursdays your child may get two books in their book bags. Please talk to your child about the stories and books they are reading. Asking lots of questions will really help with understanding. There are often examples of things you can do and ask at the back of their reading books.

I am so excited for the year ahead! We have got such a lot of fabulous things planned including some exciting learning outside of school. Watch this space! I am really proud of all the children for starting the year in such a mature and smiley way. Please remember my door is always open for questions or if you would like to let me know anything. I am always very happy to meet and chat.