This half term we will continue to improve our writing skills.
In mathematics we will be working through the mathematics units Find my Pattern and On the Move from White Rose Maths Scheme. Children will continue to practise and consolidate their skills. Children will ‘subitise’ and instantly recognise small quantities in a variety of different representations. Children will be provided with regular opportunities to practise and consolidate counting on and back within 10 and to use the counting principles in order to find how many in a set or to count out a required number of objects from a larger group. We will continue to explore the composition of numbers and deepen the children’s understanding that all quantities are composed of smaller quantities. When sorting and matching they will notice similarities and differences as they match and sort objects in new contexts. We will be comparing and ordering quantities and measures, noticing which set has more, which has fewer and when 2 sets have the same amount.
In RE we looking at the Cornwall Syllabus ‘Which stories are special and why?’ We will be talking about our favourite stories and exploring stories from the Bible and how they show Christians the way to treat others.
In music we ware continuing think abstractly about music and expressing this verbally and physically. We will be learning to describe changes in music and compare pieces.
This half term we be working through the Arena scheme of Athletics. We will be engaging in track and field events and learning to compare our performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvements to achieve our personal best.Summer 1
We love reading in Rainbows and Stars and share stories from our reading spine 4 times per day!
We have been practising our reading skills every morning and this term are going to further develop our writing skills by writing blurbs for the books we have read.
Adults will be modelling capital letters and full stops during daily shared writing experiences and children will be encouraged to include this in their own writing. Children will be inspired to hold and write a sentence of their own and re read it to check it makes sense. In addition to this this we will continue story scribing and introduce instructional and factual texts.
During this half term in mathematics children will continue to practise and consolidate key skills. We will be working through the White Rose Maths Units of ‘To 20 and Beyond,’ and ‘First, Then Now.’
Using Dice, domino and bingo games as well as matching and comparison games will continue to support children’s subitising skills. Children will practise and consolidate counting on and back within 10 and be supported to use the counting principles. We will continue to explore the composition of numbers, and compare and order quantities and measures. Children will notice similarities and differences as they match and sort objects in new context by the challenges: Can you find or build one the same as this? Can you find or build one which is different to this? Why is it different? Can you see how I have sorted these items? How else could we sort them?
In RE we will be working through the Cornwall Syllabus unit, ’Which places our special and why?’ We will be discussing special places for Christians and learning about special places for other religions.
In music we shall be exploring moving, singing and playing to instruments. We will be studying the structure of music and choreographing our own dances to familiar music.
This half term in PE we will be continuing our gymnastics unit. We will be experimenting making shapes with our bodies in different ways and travelling in diverse ways.
"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…” – Albus Dumbledore.
It will not be a surprise for any child or adult who knows me to hear that there is one series of books that has shaped my life. Yes, the magical world of Harry Potter is not just a set of fictional books for me, but an entire universe, which I have escaped into, lived in and regularly revisit! As JK once said, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” The characters in the stories do not feel like characters but old friends; when they laugh, I laugh, when they cry, I cry… and that is the true magic of books! I love the series for the fantasy and adventure, but also because of all it teaches about the importance of friendship, facing your fears, and most importantly that love conquers everything!
More recently, I have discovered the author Onjali Q Raúf and have read (and loved!) three of her books this year: The Star Outside my Window, The Night Bus Hero and The Boy at the Back of the Class. They are beautiful stories and I am not ashamed to say that I cried my eyes out when reading two of them! Some other authors I love and will always recommend are Frank Cottrell Boyce (Framed is my favourite!), Jacqueline Wilson (I used to visit St Austell library every week to collect more of her books to devour when I was a child!) and Philippa Pearce (Tom’s Midnight Garden is a must-read!).
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – Yep, that’s JK Rowling again!
My most memorable read as a child was a book called Mr Meddle's Mischief by Enid Blyton. Perhaps I was taken in by the thought of mischief! Mr Meddle is a pixie who can't get anything right. He's always meddling in other people's business and making dreadful muddles. From then on I went to read many of her books but my favourite was the series of The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair. I loved these stories so much I would read them over and over again. They whisked me off to wonderful places of elves, gnomes, talking trees and so many other wonderful things.
I absolutely loved reading the Dirty Bertie books by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts with my daughter when she was younger. They're so funny and definitely well worth a read and all about a grubby boy who is a trouble magnet, causing mayhem wherever he goes with his disgusting habits , crazy plans and wild ideas. Every night we used to snuggle down and read the these books .. oh how we giggled and proper belly laughed reading these books. We'd chat for ages about our favourite funniest parts in the story and couldn’t wait until the next one.