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  Robin Class

 Robin Class


Teacher: Miss Jowett                                                                                                                Teaching Assistant: Mrs Tallent 

 

Welcome to the Summer term.

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable Easter. 

 In Robins class, we try to ensure that the children become as independent as possible this year. We ask that you drop your child in the infant playground from 08.30 and allow them to make their own way into school. Please ensure that everything that they bring into school is labelled with their name, this helps hugely when they have managed to misplace something within school. I am of course always available in class, if there is a query or matter to be discussed that morning or afternoon, so please feel welcome to come in if you need to.  

I would kindly ask that within their school bag they have a book bag, that they bring into school everyday with the reading record and reading book that has been allocated to them. They should also have a bottle of water, snack box and packed lunch box if they are not having school dinners. 

Homework will given to the children on a Friday and it MUST be handed in by Wednesday. For year one, this will be ensuring they bring in their maths book, they will be expected to have completed one page. For year two, this will include maths, spellings and completion of Reading Eggs work that will have been assigned to them online. All children are expected to have read at least once a day throughout the week. 

 


Topic

Our topic for the whole Summer term is Brazil. This topic will be heavily geography and science focussed. We will be exploring the Amazon river, Amazon rainforest, studying Pedro Cabral and his discoveries. We will be partaking in a Samba workshop, tasting Brazilian food and looking at Brazilian street art. At the end of term, we will be having a Brazilian carnival. 

We actively encourage children in Robin class to do as much work at home surrounding their learning as possible. If anything particularly piques their interest and you find them wanting to explore it further please do encourage this. It would be lovely to see them bringing in learning from outside of school to show the rest of the class. 

 

English

 This term, the children will be looking at Brazilian myths and traditional stories. In particular the story called, 'Why the Bananas Belong to the Monkey' and the Brazilian myth of why we have day and night. There will be a focus on the story 'The Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry too. We will be covering several writing genres; biographical, recount, persuasive, setting description, poetry and instructional. 

Year One's focus will be continuing to ensuring they are able to write clearly on the line and becoming increasingly confident with joining their letters together. Punctuation will be a focus and ensuring the children become consistent with checking their work for omitted words and errors.  We will be continuing to encourage them to use more expanded sentence structures and being adventurous with their ever increasing vocabulary. 

 We will continue to actively encourage them to use the phonic knowledge they are learning in lessons and applying this to unknown words they may come across in their writing tasks. 

Year Two's focus will be ensuring they are applying and using grammatical elements they have learnt so far this year already. We will also be ensuring that they are consistently checking their work and editing. We will also be allowing them to peer assess their writing more frequently so they can begin to independently identify grammatical features that have been used by others. 

This term, we will be continuing to look at how to use speech marks correctly and presenting speech in our writing, continuing work on connectives and contractions too. There will be a greater emphasis on spelling for them and ensuring tricky words that were learnt in the year previously are always being spelt correctly. 

  

Phonics Screening

In June, the children will all have a phonic check. This will be carried out individually and their scores will be collected by Kent County Council. The phonic screening check is statutory and every child in year 1 nationwide is screened. A letter giving further information will follow. The children who did not pass in year two will be resitting their phonics screening at this time as well. 

Please refer to the curriculum leaflet for information on how to support the child's reading at home. 

 Mathematics

This term, we will be focusing our learning on measuring, money, shape, multiplication and division. Year One will have an emphasis on number recognition to 50 and beyond. We will be looking at non-standard units of measure and moving on to the use of rulers and metre sticks. We will be revisiting money and trying to make different amounts with varying coin combinations. Shape will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and ensuring the children are confident in the properties of simple and complex 2D and 3D shapes. 

In year two, we will be ensuring we are secure with our numbers to 100 and beyond.  We will be concentrating at looking at the multiplication symbol and how to use this in a number sentence. We will start by showing multiplications by using arrays and then moving on to describing these groups into words. Towards the end of this term, we will be focussing on problem-solving strategies and how to tackle these with increasing independence. 

 

Physical Development

This term, the children will be learning the basic skills of tennis with our tennis coach. 

 

Child Initiated Play

In Robins, we very much still believe in child led play and will therefore be factoring in sessions whereby the children can lead their own learning. Year two will see a reduction in how much child initiated they have, there will be a stronger emphasis on the foundation subjects throughout the week instead. 

 

Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Forest school will feature as part of Robins timetable. This year, all outdoor clothing will need to be supplied by yourselves. Please could you ensure that your child has a pair of waterproof trousers, a water proof jacket and a pair of wellies that can be kept in school at all times (please name them clearly.) We very much want to give your children the opportunity for as much outdoor learning that we can outside of the forest school slots. Therefore, they will need this outdoor equipment in school at all times to enable us to do so.

 

Curriculum Leaflet

 


A note from us...

Finally, children develop at different rates. Please be reassured that what we set for your child’s learning will be planned to suit them. All information stated above is intended to give you an overview of your child’s first term with us. If your child needs more time to achieve certain aspects of their learning then they will be given it. If your child needs to move on then they will equally be given this opportunity.

Please know that we operate an open door policy. No issue can be too small when concerning your child so please see me if you need to. If for any reason I am unavailable then please make an appointment to see me.

Miss Jowett and Mrs Tallent