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Spring 2:

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a fantastic week and a good rest. The children are doing so brilliantly, making great progress and have settled back in beautifully. We are all so proud of them. Highlights from last half term were our visiting nurse telling us all about the importance of hygiene and staying safe, book week including the class visit to the library and the super stories the children wrote. 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 English we will be reading Science linked fiction and non-fiction books, including Caterpillar and Bean by Martin Jenkins, and doing lots of exciting learning and writing around these texts. We will be learning all about explanation texts and explaining life cycles from our Science learning. In maths we will be learning all about picture graphs, problem solving, money and shape and continuing to practise our number skills. In our science work we will be looking very closely at what makes an animal (including humans) alive and what it’s 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 and chickens. We will also be doing lots of music including playing instruments and writing our own class song about animals.

As usual, Mrs Fish will teach Yellow class on a Tuesday 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’   ‘alive’   ‘baby’  ‘egg’  ’breathe’   ’food and water’  ’grow and change’  ‘frogspawn’     ‘froglet’      ‘tadpole’      ‘hatching’    ‘food chain’  ‘amphibian’ ‘insect’

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 a range of 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.

Spring 1:

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all! I hope you have had a fantastic Christmas, New Year and break. It has been wonderful to hear all about it from the children and catch up with them all. There were so many highlights from last half term including the Christmas performance. Everyone did incredibly well with their acting and lines and made us all so very proud. Well done superstars! There is much to look forward to this half term and some fantastic learning to take place. The children are continuing to make great progress and have settled in beautifully into the new year.

In Yellow Class we continue to do English, maths, phonics and reading on a daily basis. In English we will be learning all about Traditional Tales with a Twist e.g. stories told from different characters points of view or a change to the story. Examples are Little Red Reading Hood and Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. These stories are fantastic, inspirational and wonderful fun for the children to learn about. Next, we will practise lots of instruction writing to do with our topic. In maths we will be learning about measures e.g. length, mass and temperature. We will also continue to practise number skills on a regular basis. PE will continue to be on a Wednesday and Thursday. This half term, Mrs Fish will teach Yellow Class on a Tuesday morning.

This half term our topic is ‘Fighting Fit’ and in Science we will be learning all about how to keep healthy in terms of what we eat and drink as well as the exercise we do. We will also be learning about hygiene including dental hygiene, the importance of medicines and how to keep safe around them. In Art we will be learning all about the American artist Keith Haring and his fantastic, colourful work on the human figure. We will be creating our own work and sculptures in his style. In DT we will be designing and making fun salads and healthy snacks for their friends in other classes to eat. We will also be having visitors in to talk about where food comes from and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Here is some vocabulary you could practise and go through with your child:

‘balanced’    ‘healthy’    ‘ hygiene’    ‘heart rate’    ‘medicine’   ‘toddler’ ‘teenager’   ‘adult’   ‘grow’   ‘bacteria’   ‘torso’  ‘proportion’     ‘limbs’ ‘joints’   ‘wheat’   ‘grains’   ‘dairy’   ‘meat and fish’   ‘fruit’    ‘vegetables’

Reading continues to be a high priority in Yellow Class and it is so wonderful to see so many of the children reading regularly at home—3 times a week or even more! We love reading! Reading is such a wonderful thing to do with your child and it makes such a huge difference to their learning and development in all kinds of ways. This half term we will be focussing a great deal on comprehension and understanding of the books and texts read. We will work with your child to respond to a range of questions finding evidence in the text. This is something that you could do at home too. Sometimes you will find ideas in the back of your child’s reading book but if you would like any guidance on some good questions please ask and we can look at this together.

We saw some amazing creative homework last half term including super stories, marvellous moon models and rockets and constellation cakes! We love seeing all your creations. We would love to see even more of them this half term. Homework brought in is always celebrated and displayed in school for all to see. Please bring it in before the last Wednesday of term.

If you have any questions about anything or would like to chat about anything at all, please remember the Yellow Class door is always open. Please feel free to catch us or make an appointment. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Autumn 2:

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely week and are enjoying the change in season. There was so much to celebrate last half 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 new learning taking place.

As last term, Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Monday afternoon. English lessons are focussed 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 multiplication and division and continuing to practise our addition and subtraction tens and ones number skills. PE is on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon with me. Please ensure children have full kit on these days including pumps as we will still run a mile when we can, 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. In Science we will be learning all about materials and properties of materials e.g. an umbrella is made out of nylon. It is light, waterproof and flexible. Below is a list of vocabulary we will be learning and using in our topic this half-term and it would be fantastic 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’  ‘wheel’   ‘axle’  ‘chassis’  ’wood’ ’metal’ ‘plastic’   ‘flexible’   ‘transparent’  ‘opaque’ ‘waterproof’

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 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 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. Mrs Phillips is also our teaching assistant and she works on Tuesdays and Fridays. Mr Miller will teach Yellow class on a Monday afternoon. We will be doing reading, writing and maths lessons each day. Our English lessons will start with learning about a book called ’The Pirates Next Door’ by Johnny Duddle. We will eventually be writing our own version of the story! Maths lessons will be based around reading and writing numbers to 100 and understanding their value in terms of tens and ones.

Our topic this half term is ‘The Place Where we Live.’ We will be finding out lots about the history and geography of the Marsh and 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 art we will be printing Lancaster scenes using junk materials. PE is on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has full kit in school  including pumps on these days as we will be outside when we can while the weather is warmer.

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

‘Lancaster’   ‘North West’   ‘map’   ‘map key’   ‘environment’ ’England’   ’Ashton memorial’  ‘Williamson’s factory’  ‘Millenium bridge’ ‘street’ (and local street names) ‘road’ ‘traffic’   ‘past’   ‘decade’ ‘century’  ‘print’ ‘block print’ ‘half drop’

Reading at home has rocketed already in Yellow class! It was amazing to see how many children read at home on the first day of school. Let’s keep that going! Reading is a big focus 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. We will reward children who read three times (or more) a week both on a weekly or half termly basis. 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!

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.

Thank you for your continued support.