Cycle 2

Reading

Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey and The Train Ride by June Crebbin.

Every Wednesday we would like parents to stay for a short time to read and share books with their child in class. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible each week.

Christmas

This term we will be learning the songs and speaking parts for our Christmas play ‘A Wriggly Nativity’. We look forward to performing this for you just before we break up for Christmas. Please help your child to learn their lines when they bring them home.

Focus child

We have three focus children per class, per week. We record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: A trip to the park, visiting family, swimming lessons. The photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.

Phonics

Most of the children are practising recognising and writing initial sounds. They are also sounding out simple words and then blending the sounds together to read the words, e.g mat, can, ship. Please practise this when reading with your child at home. Some children are beginning to write simple words using the sounds they know. Please encourage them to write at home aswell.

Maths

In Maths some children will be practising counting and recognising/writing numbers. Other children will consolidate one more and one less and will move on to simple addition and subtraction.

Always Children

Well done to those children who have consistently followed the Always rules and have received their Always badge. We are very proud of you. Remember to wear your Always badge to school every day.

A reminder of the Always rules are:

  • Always have kind hands
  • Always have kind feet
  • Always have a kind mouth
  • Always follow the high five rules

Reminders

  • The children in Reception are able to enjoy our outdoor area in all weathers. As the weather is now turning much colder and wetter please ensure your child has appropriate clothing in school including; a hat, gloves and a warm/waterproof coat. Wellies are essential!
  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes at school in their bag at all times.
  • Please ensure your child has their reading book in school every day with a comment in their reading record book about their reading at home. Your child’s class teacher will read with your child at least once a week and change their book.
  • We aim to offer a range of snack options for the children, therefore we ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per week to enable us to buy this. Please give this to your child’s class teacher every Monday.
  • If you would like to sign up to target tracker please ask your child’s teacher for a consent slip and we can invite you to join online. All you need is an email address! This is a lovely way for you to see comments and pictures about what your child is learning in school.

 

 

 

 

Cycle 2

Subjects:

In Phonics, we will review previously taught sounds and practise these, before moving onto learning new sounds. We will apply our phonics skills to reading speed sounds, speed words and tricky words – and not forgetting our alien words! We will also focus on spelling and writing sentences.

In English, we will be reading and exploring two exciting books. The first book ‘One Day on the Blue Planet in the Savannah’ will allow children to learn about all the different animals that live in the African Savannah. We will be exploring non-fiction books alongside this story to learn all about wild animals and extending our vocabulary. This story will allow us to create labels, lists and captions. Our second book ‘Croc and Bird’ will allow the children to explore friendships and families. We will be exploring similarities and differences and developing our speaking and listening skills throughout. Handwriting practise will be at the beginning of each lesson.

In Maths, we will be learning how to add and subtract practically and say one more and one less than a number. We will also be learning lots of new vocabulary about size, weight, capacity, position and distance. We will be revisiting and practising counting forwards and backwards, reciting, recognising and ordering numbers.

In Time for Reading, we will be exploring a new book each week. We will be using the pictures to help us to answer questions about the story to develop our understanding. We will also be applying our phonic knowledge to segment and blend the words to read the stories and explore some tricky words within these stories.

In Science, we will be learning all about animals including humans. We will explore ideas around what animals and humans need to survive and the importance of exercise, hygiene and healthy eating.

In Music, we will be learning a range of musical skills with Mr. Davies who will visit our classroom every Wednesday. Get ready to sing, clap, play a range of instruments and have a great time!

In Design and Technology, we will be learning to design our very own space rocket! Using our learning from our History lessons, we will design, make and evaluate our models – using technical understanding.

In P.S.H.E., we will be learning how to build our learning power. We will be exploring ideas, strategies and techniques to develop our skills in order to become more resilient and resourceful learners.

In R.E., we will be learning all about the importance of caring for everyone, how to care for people and what some religions say about this. We will explore different ways of how to care for people and how we can care for others.

In PE, we will be stretching our bodies and learning skills to support our movement. On Monday we will be doing Gymnastics where will develop our balance and co-ordination skills and on Tuesday we will be doing Physical Literacy where we will develop our throwing, catching, hopping, skipping and team work skills.

 

Note for parents:

Each child has been given a reading record for their reading book at home. It is important to date each day and sign your initials to let me know that your child has read with you. It is important to question your child’s understanding of what they have read. Reading books will be changed every Monday. By reading one book over one week, it will allow your child to become secure in their reading application.

Homework is given out on a Friday which will include literacy and numeracy. This must be handed in by the following Wednesday.

Please remember PE is on Monday and Tuesday. Indoor PE on Monday and outdoor PE on Tuesday. Your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps. For outdoor PE as the weather is getting colder; black jogging bottoms, black zip up jacket, white polo shirt and black pumps.

To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day. Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle 2

Christmas is fastly approaching and the children are working hard practising the songs for the Wriggly Nativity production which I am sure you will all love.  Further information about the show will be sent home in due course.

The children have been tuning into sounds and working hard on rhyme.  The children have enjoyed rhyming stories, such as Giraffes Can’t Dance and Shark in the Dark.  It would be really beneficial for your child if you could carry this on at home by emphasising rhyming words and reading rhyming stories before bed.  Julia Donaldson books are always a firm favourite for this.  We will keep coming back to rhyme throughout the year until the children can continue a rhyming string, such as, cat, mat, hat.

Soon the children will be starting the Read Write Inc phonics programme and we will be practising forming letters.  We have seen huge improvements in their writing skills since they started writing their name during morning registration a few weeks ago.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support in helping your child practise writing their name at home. It’s great to see how enthusiastic the children are about writing. Keep up the great work!

In maths we are focusing on recognising numbers 1-15, forming numerals and one to one counting objects.  The children have been recognising lots of numbers in the environment and are keen to tell the adults which number they have found.

As the weather is now turning much colder it is essential for all children to have spare clothes and wellie boots left in school on their peg.  The children access the outdoors in ALL weather and we do not have enough spare wellies for them in school.  Children also require a thick winter coat, hat, scarf and gloves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle 2

Your Year 4 teacher this year is Miss Smail.

After a great first Cycle in Year 4, we are looking forward to this term and Cycle 2.

Uniform

We have a lovely new uniform this year at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform. Coming into the winter months, children can wear their burgundy sweater (with or without school logo, white shirt, black or grey skirt or trousers, black or grey pinafore, white or black tights (no leggings), plain white or black socks and black shoes (no visible logos).

Homework

Homework is given out weekly on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.

Thank you to those parents who assisted their child in making their rainforests in a box, they were brilliant and I was impressed with the effort put into them.

Diary

The children have all got reading books and will be bringing them home each night to read with you. Their diary is for you to sign to show your child has read at home for 15-20 minutes per night. There will be a prize for the child who has read the most books within the term.

Behaviour

Throughout the school there is a traffic light system to monitor behaviour. Children will all start on green at the start of the school day. Children will receive a warning if they display unacceptable behaviour and then will move down to amber and then red if this persists. Children do have the chance to work their way back to green when making the right choices within class and around school.

Our Always board was carefully chosen by the class and is Minecraft themed. This is to ensure all children are consistently following our 6 Always rules in order to receive an Always badge. The rules we decided as a class are:

  • To listen to the speaker
  • To try your best and never give up
  • Treat others how you want to be treated
  • To listen to the speaker
  • Work together as part of a team
  • Be respectful to those around you

House points

Children will also be rewarded for good behaviour with house points and whichever house wins the most points will be announced each Friday in the Celebration Assembly.

P.E.

Children will be doing P.E. on Mondays and Tuesdays so will require their full P.E. kit for these days. If your child has taken their P.E. kit home to be washed, we ask that it is returned on Monday and stays in school until Friday.

Music

We have our music teacher coming in to teach Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to take it home Wednesday nights to practice for the week and they will need to bring it back in on the following Wednesday for the lesson.

An Overview of Cycle 2

English– We will be finishing our book The Great Kapok Tree and making playscripts. Then moving on to The Lost Happy Endings By Carol Ann Duffy where we will produce writing in role, advisory notes, non-chronological reports and narratives.

Maths-

Addition and Subtraction

Fractions

Area and Perimeter

Science

States of Matter

Topic- History – The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

Our topic question hook is: Successful Saxons or Victorious Vikings?

P.E.- 

Hockey

Dance

Music– Brass Instruments tuition

French- Quelle heure est-il?

Religious Education-  What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?

PSHE- Growing Up

Art- Illuminated letters

Computing- Photo-stories (editing images)

As well as our topics, this cycle we will dedicating a couple of slots during the afternoon to rehearsing for the school production that will take place Tuesday 12th December.

I am looking forward to another exciting cycle. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thankyou. Miss Smail

 

 

Cycle 2

The children have all been working very hard and I am very proud of the learning they have done so far. We are now moving into teaching and learning cycle 2.

In English we will be reading two stories; Man on the Moon and The Storm Whale. We will do lots of role play and other activities to support our writing about these stories.

In Maths we will be covering fractions, addition, shape, measures, subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division.

Your child has recently brought home a letter explaining all about times tables rock stars, including a username and password. This is available on both a computer and an app. It is a fun way for your children to learn and practise their times tables. We will be regularly checking the leader board in class to see who has been earning lots of coins for their characters.

We have got lots of exciting topics coming up over the next learning cycle. We will be doing lots of activities to answer questions based on the topics. The questions we will be answering are:

  • The Chicken or the Egg?- Science
  • Who was first?- History
  • What is a special place for Sikhs?- RE
  • Rocket or Shuttle?- DT

Homework will continue be sent home on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. Please ensure children complete this as independently as possible and that it is returned to school.

Reading at home is extremely important. Children are asked daily if they have read at home and the reading records are then checked. Please try and read with your child every day and record this in his/her reading record. It is important to also question your child’s understanding of what they have read.  Books will be changed every Monday.

Please remember PE is on Thursday and Friday and your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps.

Children in Year 2 can buy a drink and snack from the snack trolley during morning playtime.  They can choose from orange or apple juice and a variety of fruit. Both drinks and fruit are 20p each. If you would like to pay for the week, please put the money in a named envelope and hand it in at the beginning of the week. Alternatively, your child can bring in 20p per day.

To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day. Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

Miss Froggatt & Mrs Knowles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycle 2

During Cycle 1, Year 5 – Kyanite worked extremely hard and have shown excellent progress in their learning already. We were able to visit Hollingworth Lake, the cinema and Chester Zoo. We also had great fun in learning, from science experiments to baking for Remembrance Day. Here are some of the photographs to capture Cycle 1:

We have lots to look forward to in Cycle 2:

An Overview of Cycle 2:

English Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Character Description

Poetry

Book Review

Newspaper Article

Mathematics Place value

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division

Fractions, decimals and percentages

Science Earth and Space

 

Topic Ancient Greece

 

PE Swimming

Gymnastics

 

Music Music with Mr Davies

 

French Quelle heure est-il?

 

RE Is God everywhere? Why go to a place of worship?

 

Art and Design Jupiter Rover

 

Computing We are architects

 

PSHE Being Strong

 

 

Weekly Reminders

Monday Bring PE kit into school
Tuesday PE
Wednesday Homework should be handed in
Thursday PE
Friday Spelling test

Homework will be sent home

Take PE kit home to be washed

Homework diaries to be signed every night, after reading has taken place.

 

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Gilmore

 

Cycle 2

During our last learning cycle we had lots of fun in Year 5, from learning a dance in PE, to being on the edge of our seats reading our class book Floodland! We have worked extremely hard in all our subjects, and our aim is to keep up the hard working atmosphere we have created. I hope that this cycle we can be successful learners once again!

Reminders

  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday.
  • Spelling test every Friday.
  • Diaries need to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).
 

English

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Character description

Poetry

Newspaper article

Book review

 

Maths

Fractions

Rounding

Angles

Area and perimeter

3D shapes

 

Science

 

Earth and Space

 

 

Topic

 

History – Ancient Greeks

 

 

PE

 

Gymnastics with Miss Gorton – Monday afternoon

Swimming at Broughton Leisure Centre  – Thursday morning

 

 

French

 

 

Quelle heure est-il? (What time is it?)

 

 

RE

 

 

If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?

 

 

DT

 

 

Jupiter Rover (links with Science)

 

 

Cycle 2

Welcome to Year 1 Coral class! I am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year and cannot wait to see every member of our class learn lots of new things and succeed every day! We are going to have so much fun in a warm, caring and creative environment. I am so happy to be your teacher! We will also have the wonderful Mrs. Breeze and Mrs. Walsh in our class to help us. They say a big warm hello and welcome too! See you soon, Mr. Bannister.

Note to parents:

Each child has been given a reading record for their reading book at home. It is important to date each day and sign your initials to let me know that your child has read with you. Reading books will be changed every Monday. By reading one book over one week, it will allow your child to become secure in their reading application.

Homework is given out on a Friday which will include literacy and numeracy. This must be handed in by the following Wednesday. It is preferred that parents read what the challenges are, with the child then completing the learning independently.

P.E. will be taught on Monday and Friday afternoons. The uniform for P.E. is: white t-shirt, black shorts, black pumps/trainers.

Subjects:

In Phonics, we will review previously taught sounds and practise these, before moving onto learning new sounds. We will apply our phonics skills to reading speed sounds, speed words and tricky words – and not forgetting our alien words! We will also focus on spelling and writing sentences.

In English, we will be reading and exploring two amazing books. The first book, ‘The Fox and the Star’ will allow the children to sequence and retell a traditional tale. The second book, ’10 Things I can do to Help My World’ will allow the children to create labels, lists, captions and write an information text. Handwriting practise will be at the beginning of each lesson.

In Maths, we will be using our clever brains to practise lots of skills to apply in our lessons which will focus first on subtraction, 2-D and 3-D shapes and revisiting place value and addition using higher number. We will be practising counting in 10s and later 5s, every afternoon.

In Time for Reading, we will spending time together in small groups, reading a different text each week, answering questions as we focus on applying different reading skills. These small lessons will consist of one group spending time with their teacher each day.

In Science, we will be learning all about animals including humans. We will look at things that produce offspring and find out what animals including humans need to survive. We will also look at the importance of exercise, hygiene and eating the right amount of different foods.

In History, we will be learning all about the lives of significant individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. We will focus on Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and the infamous space between the US and the USSR. We will also look into using key historical vocabulary.

In Music, we will be learning a range of musical skills with Mr. Davis who will visit our classroom every Wednesday. Get ready to sing, clap, play a range of instruments and have a great time!

In Design and Technology, we will be learning to design our very own space rocket! Using our learning from our History lessons, we will design, make and evaluate our models – using technical understanding.

In P.S.H.E., we will be continuing to work with Mrs. Walsh on our journey into Philosophy – asking key questions and learning how to listen to other pupils’ thoughts, and how to think in different ways. This will help our goals of building learning power.

In R.E., we will be learning about special places of worship by focusing on the Sikh religion. We will identify the features of Gurdwara as well as specific rituals – engaging in many creative activities to help our understanding of this wonderful religion.

In P.E., we will be having a great time learning skills in two different lessons. On Monday, we will be doing Gymnastics and on Friday, we will be doing Physical Literacy. Both of these lessons will help us to become competent and confident movers.