Fir Class 2018/19
Welcome back to Fir Class for another busy half term!
At Sacred Heart, RE is at center of everything we do. Children are encouraged to be respectful and polite to one another and this half term, we will having a special focus on this in class!
In our RE lessons, we will be exploring the Beatitudes. We will explore the Gospel accounts of the key events in the life of Jesus and how this shapes our religious beliefs and lives today.
We are learning all about travel, journeys and adventures this half term! We will be following the story of Lemuel Gulliver in the classic 'Gulliver's Travels' by Jonathan Swift, thinking about alternatives to the original, like the 2010 film version. Our outcome will be an innovated story. The focus we will have in our writing will be using apostrophes for singular and plural possession, using adverb starters in complex sentences and using Standard English verb inflections.
Our new Power Maths scheme leads us into the topic of multiplication and division. We will be spending time on each times table thinking about how knowing other times tables can help us: for example, knowing our 3 times tables can help us with our 6 times tables! We will be moving on to looking at short multiplication and division. Towards the end of half term, we will begin a unit on area and measurement. As always, we will be continuing with the 99 club and number fact challenge, alongside times tables activities and games sent home for home learning.
Our topic title this half term is 'Passport to Europe'. We will be exploring countries within Europe, locating and discussing them and their key geographical features - both human and physical. We will encounter vocab such as equator, latitude, longitude, Northern Hemisphere. Our focus will be two European cities: Paris and Preston. We will be comparing the two and think about similarities and differences.
Science will be taught on a Wednesday morning by Mrs Sargent. The children will be looking at teeth.
This half term's ICT lessons will focus on being co-authors and producing a wiki. We will learn how Wikipedia can be manipulated and the dangers of using it as a reliable source. The outcome will be to create a mini Wiki, drawing on our knowledge of European cities to write up an information article.
The PE session for this half term will be dance. This will be on Tuesday morning. Please make sure your child has their full school PE kit with pumps.
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!