Happy New Year!
Please ensure swimming kits are in school in a bag with your child's name on in time for swimming on a Wednesday afternoon.
This week is formal assessment week, where we will be looking at and reviewing what the children have learned last term. Please could we kindly ask that children go to bed at a reasonable time, get a good, healthy breakfast and come to school on time ready for the assessments. Children have been encouraged not to get themselves worked up about the assessments and asked to try their best, as this is what matters most!
In English, we have started to look at novels with a theme. Our novel for this unit is The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Last week we looked at using Talk4Writing to retell the opening of the story. We have looked at new vocabulary and explored the meaning of unfamiliar words.
This week is the reading and analysing phase where we will be looking at different skills the author uses to make a good story. This will help us when we come to write our own version. We will be using evidence from the text to picture a scene and investigating the character's thoughts and feelings.
This week we will be revisiting prepositions and looking out for them within our class novel - The Iron Man. We have created some actions to help us to remember different prepositions and understand that they describe the position of where something is. We will be learning that you can replace the preposition in a sentence to change the meaning.
We will continue to practise spellings on a weekly basis. I have let the children know that at this stage, it does not matter if they don't get very many right, as we can focus on the ones we don't know in class, or practise them at home; as the year goes on we will hopefully make lots of progress!
This week in Maths we are learning about capacity. We will be looking at different size containers and estimating their volume - how much space inside can be taken up. We will be using rice to order the containers from biggest to smallest in terms of their capacity and volume.
Our starter activities this week have been around subitising and we have had lots of fun subitising with pirates!
Our topic for this half term is 'The Iron Man', which links to our class novel.
In Science we will begin looking at forces and magnets and finding out what the children know already and what they want to learn about forces and magnets. Last week we looked at push and pull forces and sorted different activities into push and pull, such as walking with a pram, pressing a door bell and opening a window.
This week we will be carrying out an experiment to see which surface allows a toy car to travel the furthest distance. We have discussed different surfaces and what is needed to ensure the test is fair.
If you have any queries or questions at all please grab Mrs Riley or myself on the door at the end of the day; we are more than happy to discuss anything.
Miss Byrne and Mrs Riley