Junior One Spring half term Class News.
Maths and English is taught every morning. We also do early work before assembly. During this time we practice handwriting, spellings, maths – mental recall of tables and addition and subtraction bonds as well as hearing readers on Friday. During the year we work on Mathletics and Bug Club for homework to practice what we learn at school. The children have their usernames and passwords in their homework books or reading records.
We have P.E. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. We have coaches who will teach the children football and cricket skills and on Wednesdays for a couple of weeks we will be developing the children’s stamina by running in a cross country style. Keeping their p.e. kits in school may be helpful.
Music with Miss Perry. This term the children will sing and begin to understand notation as a way of recording their ideas for composition.
Our science topic is states of matter. They will learn about solids, liquids and gases as a way to group materials found around them in the world. We will also be carrying out experiments to find out how to change the state of materials. Looking at the water cycle should also help put the terms into context as we learn about water vapour, evaporation and condensation.
Homework is weekly. It is given out on a Friday and expected to be completed by Wednesday the next week. If the children complete it they get extra break for 15 minutes on Friday afternoon. If they don’t complete it they will be asked to sit in Mr Tyler’s room to complete it during this time. Homework should take about 1 hour. Homework should be a time to work through learning and show off newly acquired skills whilst showing you their confidence in their new learning! Of course, reading together continues to be an important and regular activity. As the expectations for all children are high, sitting together and sharing their books will support children making remaining confident and looking deeper into the meaning of the text. I have sent home ideas for questioning children about what they read while they read. I hope this helps you help your child. We often write individual targets in their reading records. This is meant to be a helpful bit of information to direct the child and anyone who hears them read.
This half term the children will be carrying out their own research in Geography. They can choose a country to research. Maybe it is one they have been to that they want to find out more about or maybe it is one they would love to visit. Whichever country they choose they will be able to take an adventure through its location and languages as well as many other key elements during their research.
Miss Middleton will be with us for another two weeks and has brought in many innovative ideas we will continue, such as the mission impossible clear up countdown. Although swimming has finished for this term now Mr Armitage will continue to teach them on Wednesday afternoons. Looking at the calendar the next half term is packed with exciting activities for all year groups. I am looking forward to dressing up for The Wizard of Oz World Book Day but I am just not sure whether to come as the yellow brick road or Toto yet…..
Children Infant 2 and Junior 1 have been following in the footsteps of Torville and Dean this term with a course on ice skating provided partly by sport premium funding. Every Thursday children in Years 1-4 have been taken to the National Ice Centre for some coaching and development. It has been amazing how the children have progressed form being afraid to move to skating on one leg ad turning round on the ice.
Many of the children have seen their speed gradually creep up as their fear of falling as decreased.
Quotes from the children say it all…
“I didn’t really want to go but in the end it was exciting and I really enjoyed it” Harriett Y1
Joy Y2 “At first I was really scared but at the end of the fifth week I was really good at skating”
“It was brilliant! The first time I got on the ice, I was terrified but I got better and better” Jacob Y1.
Isabella Y3 “When I started ice skating, I had to hold onto the side. But now I can skate without holding on”
Jasmine Y4 “The coaches were lovely, helpful and honest with us about how we were doing”
In athletics we are recording our latest results in vertical jump, triple jump, standing jump and speed bounce. The children are filling in their results weekly in their pursuit of personal progress. Well done to the whole class for working in teams, managing their measuring and counting for each other. The practising is paying off and the children’s results are improving every lesson. Well done and keep practising your skills. The tricky part is usually remembering to hop on the first move in triple jump. Your record cards will help you keep track of your progress and notice the improvement.
Today we made crispy cakes by melting chocolate and covering crispies in groups. Everyone worked hard to complete their cakes and tidy up themselves. They were delicious and we learned all about the weight of ingredients, melting and cooling and also writing instructions on the computer using our learning platform purple mash.
There were many chocolate faces after a bit of a nibble and the children wrote effective instructions using command versions of verbs. We know what 100g feels like now. We learned that cooking chocolate melted and covered crispies better than Dairy Milk.
Our new topic is Healthy Me and our focus in that is healthy eating and exercise.
Tuesday 17th June
During the summer term, Junior 1 and Junior 2 have received cricket coaching from a coach from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Following on from this some of our children in Years 4, 5 and 6 were invited to take part in a cricket festival at Ransome & Marles Cricket Club in Newark.
Thursday 1st May
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