Welcome to Class 4
Class 4 is a mixed aged class with children from both year 1 and 2. In most lessons children will follow the same curriculum with the work appropriately differentiated for their age. However in English and Maths there will be some specific teaching directed at each age group.
I will teach the children for 4 days a week. On a Wednesday, however, I am in school but this is the release day for me to carry out my deputy head duties. Mrs Watts will teach on this day. Mrs Watts is a very experienced teacher and will follow the weekly plans for English and Maths as well as PSHE and RE. Mrs Watts will also have her own guided reading group.
Mrs Maddenwill also be in class. Mrs Madden is a student teacher following the School's direct route into teaching. This means that she will be in school for 4 days a week (Mon, Tues & Thurs, Fri). Mrs Madden will take small group sessions before building up to whole lessons around Christmas. She will then leave us for the spring term while she works at another setting in a completely different year group. Mrs Madden will then return for the summer term.
This half term our topic is: The United Kingdom. This is a geography based topic. the children will get to know the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom and how they are similar and different.
In English we will be reading both fiction and non fiction books based on our topic. Children will also be learning about different aspects of grammar e.g. sentence types: statements; questions, exclamations and commands and how to join sentences using different conjunctions, e.g. and, so, if, but, when and because.
Phase 4 and 5 phonics will be taught to the year ones. Year 2 pupils will be engaged in some phonics revision as well as spelling patterns and grammatical functions.
In Maths we will continue to develop our counting skills to 100 and beyond, not only forward and backwards in 1s, but also in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Part of this will relate to being able to quickly derive facts associated with the 2s, 5s and 10s times table but it will also link to the operations of multiplication and division and solving problems involving these. The children will have the opportunity to further practise and consolidate last term's work on fractions, in addition to understanding simple equivalent fractions. Work will also continue on measures, in particular length and capacity as well as money.
In Science we will be carrying out experiments to foster a love of science.
In RE we will learn about Religious Signs and Symbols.
In Art we will be looking at colour, Self Portraiture and flags.
You may find the following websites useful.
To find more information about what we are learning visit https://www.glebelands.leicester.sch.uk/key-stage-1-2-curriculum/
P.E. lessons will take place on Thursday this term. Children will need both indoor and outdoor PE kit.
Please make sure that all P.E. uniform (black shorts and white t-shirt) is clearly labelled. Children are not allowed to wear earrings for P.E and hair should be tied back. Outdoor PE kit consists of tracksuit bottoms and top and trainers.
Homework will consist of a set of spellings sent out which should be learnt. the children will be tested each week on a Friday. Additionally children in Key Stage one should read between 600 and 1,000 words a week to maintain progress. We encourage children to read to an adult every night for a maximum of 15 minutes. the final part of homework will be rapid recall of number facts. Either number bonds or mutiplication tables. Practise for this will be sent home in a homework book each Friday. the book should be returned the following Wednesday.
Dates for your diary
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If you need to get in touch with me you can do so through email or class dojo. Please be aware that should messages be sent in the evening I will not reply until the following day.