Welcome to Bradley Class!
Hello, I am Shaun Skinner and I will be teaching your child through their final year in key stage one. The other adults supporting your children this academic year are Jenny Lovick, Nichola Evans, Dee Hern and Louise Northam. Mrs Hern will be teaching Music and Indoor PE on a Thursday afternoon, whilst I am away from the classroom.
How we learn?
Children learn at different rates, different ways and at different times, which is thought of when activities are planned and delivered for the children in Bradley Class. In the early years of children’s education it is important that children have a real purpose and desire to want to learn, which is achieved when the learning is placed in a real life context. The children are then always able to understand why it is important to learn a particular set of skills or knowledge and how these can help them later in their life, as well as just applying them in different areas of the curriculum. Children have access to a range of resources, are immersed in collaborative discourse and are trained to be able to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses, so they can improve not just as learners, but as well rounded individuals. Children respond well to challenge and are always rewarded for their consistency to always try.
What are we Learning this Autumn Term?
This term our topic is called School’s History Topic …. For the first half term we have looked closely at what life was like for a Victorian school child, which has allowed the children to learn about the significant changes in schooling during the Victoria period. The children have had opportunities to understand the chronology of events, focusing closely on the order that things happened. Children have used a range of websites, non-fiction texts to record and research different facts, which has been built on in their English lessons. Children had a Victorian day in school, learnt by rote and made windmills, peg dolls and took part in cross stitch activities. In addition to this, the children have been able to role play what it was like to be in a Victorian classroom in order to support their understanding of the Victorian period, as well increase their writing composition. After half term the children will look closely at changing weather patterns in the UK, as well as beginning to develop map reading skills, as we explore England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The children will be looking closely at Kenya and comparing it with our country. In addition, Children will also be designing and making fruit smoothies using ingredients that would be used in Kenya as part of their Design and Technology work.
What are we learning in English?
In English the children have been learning about non-chronological reports in great detail and have explored content, layout and the importance of being able to use and construct complex sentences. The children have planned and written a non-chronological report, which has allowed them to think about the vocabulary, time adverbials, conjunctions, sentence openers and punctuation that they need to use to inform and engage their reader. The children have used Farmer Duck as a stimulus text to give them a clear context and model for their writing. We have thought carefully about the importance of remembering texts and using actions and story mapping tools to remember them. This helps children to build a store of vocabulary and continue to build a bank of oral stories, which will support them in both their writing and reading development. We are now learning how to write extended stories, which will be supported by a core text called, The Disgusting Sandwich. Later on in the term we will be writing instructional texts for “How to make a Smoothie?” which will then lead the children on to writing their own set of instructions.
What are we learning in Mathematics?
In mathematics the children have been learning about number, place value and addition and are now starting to look closely at subtraction. The children access Times Tables Rock Stars in school once week as part of their maths lesson and we encourage the children to use this at home, if they have access to a computer. The children have three maths challenges daily, which they may complete during certain transition points of the school day. These challenges increase in hardness and the children can choose which one they wish to attempt. The challenges are usually based on previous units of work to see how much the children have remembered.
The children are currently learning their 2, 5 and 10 times table.
The class do PE on a Monday and a Thursday afternoon for one hour. Please could I ask that your child has their PE kit on these days, which should consist of trainers, black shorts and a white t-shirt. The children have just begun a unit on net games, in which the children will learn fundamental movement skills, alongside the required skills to play invasion games successfully. Children are also learning gymnastics for indoor PE, which takes place on a Thursday.
It is really important that the children are reading at least 4 times a week to you at home for 10 minutes minimum. This will impact greatly on your child’s reading ability and build on the comprehensive skills required to meet age related expectations in the end of key stage one tests. I am able to provide you with questions, resources and information to give you ideas of how to support these comprehension skills at home. The more practise they have, the better they will become.
After half term the children will be sent home spellings once a week. Some children will have 20 and some will have 10. These will follow spelling patterns and rules that are being taught in school.
Children need to be practising number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and pairs of numbers so they develop a rapid recall, which will support them in their arithmetic development.
If you have any questions or you would like to come and talk to me, please feel free to come and see me. Thank you for your support.