Starfish Curriculum Newsletter Summer 1
This half term we will be learning Cinderella and Valerie Thomas will be our focus author. Children will have the opportunity to write for different purposes and work on their grammar/punctuation skills. We will be learning some grammar rules e.g. adding ‘un’ to a word. We will also be learning how prefixes and suffixes can change word meanings. In class we will be working hard to use a range of punctuation in our writing (full stops, exclamation marks and question marks). Children will continue to experience shared and guided reading to develop decoding, sight vocabulary and comprehension skills.
In numeracy we will be continuing to work on the key areas of maths and problem solving activities. We will be continuing to develop number fluency by applying maths to real life contexts. We will focus on place value and calculation. We will also be learning to use positional language in different contexts.
We will be continuing our work on plants and growth in Science. In RE the children will be introduced to Buddhism. We will be focussing on the early life of Buddha.
The history curriculum will focus on the lives of significant people. We will be focussing on the achievements of George Stephenson. Our visit to Shildon Railway Museum will support this topic.
In PE we will be completing dance and games units. We will learn how to play team games and match movements to music.
Ways to help your child
Wow words homework will be given on a Monday. Please aim to practise reading and spelling the words daily. At this stage in the year it is important that children write sentences using the wow words and use capital letters and punctuation correctly. Maths homework will be given on a Friday. Please also access Mathletics, Lexia and Active Learn if you have internet access. It is also important to read regularly with your child to develop fluency. Encourage them to make inferences and predictions as they read. Can they explain what they understand about a text? Is it non fiction or fiction? Home reading books are located in the colour coded boxes in the hall. Children are required to change their own reading book by choosing a book from the correct colour coded section.
It is important that children have a full PE kit (T shirt, shorts and plimsolls) in school each day. Children can keep their kit on their peg in a named bag. All PE kit items must be clearly named.