Fir Class 2018/19
Welcome to Autumn 2!
At Sacred Heart, RE is at center of everything we do. Children living out the Gospel Values will be rewarded each week with a certificate recognising this.
We will start the half term with Remembrance week and learning about the sacrifices made by soldiers in wars. We will then move on to Trust in God, within this theme we will explore our friendships with God and those relationships between Zechariah and Jonah and God.
With Christmas drawing ever closer, the children will be looking at Advent and understand that giving time to prayer and reflection is a way of growing in understanding of themselves and their character, as well as deepening relationships with God.
This half term we have three units of English work: Classic Poetry, Fairy Tales and newspapers.
The poem we will be focusing on is 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. We will be learning the poem off by heart and exploring the language used.
The focus for this unit will be 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin', alongside other less familiar fairytales in guided reading sessions. Our aims will be to predict events, infer character's feelings, thoughts and speech and writing our own fairy tale based on this model.
We will be using lots of newspapers to research the layout, structure and language used in newspaper reports in order to create our own report focussing on the skills of pronouns, noun phrases and fronted adverbials.
Having completed the place value unit in Autumn 1, we will now be moving on to addition and subtraction. We will begin by exploring mental strategies and moving onto formal column addition and subtraction. We will be using various equipment to support us, such as base ten, place value counters and 100 beadstrings.
We will be learning all about the gory and exciting topic of 'The Great Plague'. We will begin the topic by discussing what some children may already know about the topic and what we would like to learn in the coming weeks. We will explore what the plague was, how it was spread and the cures that were invented.
Science will be taught on a Wednesday morning by Mrs Sargent. The children will be looking at sound.
This half term's ICT lessons will focus on designing an interactive toy. The children will look into existing educational games and discover what algorithms exist in these, and use the ideas to innovate making their own games on programming software, Scratch.
The PE session for this half term will be swimming. This will occur on Monday mornings, please send your child with appropriate swim wear, swimming hats and towels.
Important Class Information
Homework - Homework will be given out at the beginning of each new half term and consists of different tasks that are to be completed over the course of the half term. The activities are directly linked to what we will be looking at within class and are designed specifically to be completed by the children independently. This is in order to give the children a sense of responsibility to ensure the tasks are completed on time and also to give them ownership over their own work. The activities are designed to be done in ANY order your child wishes to complete them in and are of varying lengths in order to fit around your family life schedule each week.
There will always be a MyMaths activity to complete each week online (usernames and passwords for these will be given out along with homework folders and, should access to the internet be a problem at home, children will be given a slot to complete these short activities during dinnertimes).
Reading - Reading this year is to be strictly monitored by myself and classroom TA. Children will receive a banded reading book to continue their reading progression and this must be read at least 3 times per week aloud to parents for at least 10 minutes per session. Consistent reading is the only way for children to improve their reading skills which are vital for their school work and so, as well as their banded reading books, the children will be able to choose books from the school library to read for pleasure. Reading Bingo sheets will be sent home, which are full of age appropriate books for the children to read at home and at school (independently) for chances to win prizes.This Reading Bingo sheet should run alongside their school reading to encourage fun, interest and excitement about reading!