Welcome to our class page where you can find information about what we are learning and links to online activities and resources.
Below you can see the structure of our day and also the days on which we learn each subject. Every week during afternoon learning we cover:
- Science x 2
- Humanities x 1
- Art and Design Technology x 1
- Computing x 1
Below you can find below a break down of our new daily timetable. Should your child have to isolate or spend periods of time at home it would be fantastic for your child to try and follow the usual routines and timetable where possible.
We always start the day off with quiet activities such as spellings, phonics, reading and quiet word searches. After we have completed these, we have breakfast, look at our day and share any news if the children have any.
This half term we are focusing on texts which involve light/dark. This is going to support our Science lessons. We will be using the texts to support our learning of expanded noun phrases and use and apply these in our writing later in the term.
Weeks beginning 25th January and 1st February we will be looking at The Dark by Lemony Snicket. Click here to listen to the story and see the pictures.
Activities for The Dark.
- How do the pictures make you feel? What do you notice?
- Can you predict what the story is going to be about?
- How do you think the boy feels? What makes you think this?
- Can you pick out any words that build tension in the story?
We will also be looking at The King who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth. Click here to listen to the story and see the pictures.
Activities for The King who Banned the Dark.
- What does the word 'ban' mean? Can you think of things that are banned?
- Why do things get banned?
- Create your own "If I Were King" poem - what would you ban?
- Can you discuss whether you would rather live with total light, or total dark?
In phonics and spelling, we continue to work on letters and sounds to support sounding out common exception words. Children are encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to support sounding out unfamiliar common exception words.
In class we take part in 1:1 phonic/spelling interventions every day!
Below are some tricky words that we come across:
Below are Year 1 and 2 common exception words:
Below are Year 3 and 4 common exception words:
These links are games and helpful tools which will support common exception spellings, phonics sounds and letter formations.
During our phonics/spelling interventions, we use key word flashcards and play a range of games such as hangman and match and spell. As well as this, we ensure that handwriting is practiced regularly.
Please see below for our letter formations.
We are working hard to promote positive attitudes towards reading. Children take part in daily reading interventions. These are either to work on their word reading skills or their reading comprehension skills.
During Spring Term 1, our class read book will be 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl.
You can find the whole audio book by clicking below:
Below you can find some links to reading games to support engagement and to help build enjoyment of reading.
Maths - Place Value (on going)
So far we have been learning about number, place value and counting in multiples. This is so important in all aspects of maths as well as every day life and is an area of maths that we will work on consistently, both in taught lessons and 1:1 interventions.
Below are some useful links to games and resources to support with number work.
Maths - Addition and Subtraction (January/February 2021)
Between 25th January and 12th February we will be focusing on addition and subtraction. Please see above for the different learning objectives that we will be covering.
Science, R.E. and foundation subjects.
This year our Science, R.E. and the foundation subject learning will be delivered through termly Schemes of Work titled Myself, My World and My Environment.
Autumn Term - Myself
Spring Term - My World
Summer Term - My Environment
Below you can see the weekly learning objectives that will be covered during Spring Term 1 (term 3) until February half term.
Throughout the Autumn Term we learnt all about our family and how the world around us has changed.
We will be covering History learning objectives in Spring Term 2 (term 4).
We are going to be looking closer at the world around us. We will be focusing on Holy Brook School and pinpointing its location before looking in more detail at the surrounding areas (Southcote, Fords Farm, Calcot, Tilehurst and Reading town).
Below are some links which will support to learn about where we live, local areas, landmarks in and around Reading and which country we live in.
We will also be linking Geography with Science and looking at the weather in our local area and discussing weather patterns and changes over time.
From 25th January to 12th February we will be focusing on light and dark.
- I can make my own observations of changes of light
- I can recognise that I need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
Light and dark activities:
- Make a list of all of the light sources in your house E.G. TV, lamp...
- Can you keep a daily diary of what time it starts getting light outside? What time does it start getting dark? Do you notice anything about what time it starts to get dark?
- Can you create a shadow outside with an object? What happens to the shadow throughout the day?
- Can you look outside at night time and see any stars?
- Can you create hand shadow puppets at night time? What animals can you create?
During Spring Term 1 we will have a focus on printing and creating our own tools to create prints. We will use our knowledge from colours and mixing to create repeated patterns.
During Spring Term 1 we will be looking at special places that have a meaning to us. We will have discussions about why places mean something to us and be able to associate different places with different emotions.
Activity ideas for home!
Should your child be at home for long periods of time over the next term, as well as supporting learning, why not have a go at some of the following activities.
PSHE activities are equally as important:
- recognising and expressing how we feel and saying happy, sad or angry
- taking part in turn taking
- understanding hygiene rules
- measuring ingredients accurately
- taking part in physical activities
- learning to tie shoe laces
- recognising the importance of exercise on mental health
Thank you for visiting our class page. Keep checking regularly to see any updates/new pictures!
As always, take care and look after yourselves especially as the colder weather is coming!
If you have any queries or questions, please do let me know by using the contact form or calling the school office on 0118 937 5489.
Stream Class Teacher