Welcome to Lower School
Welcome to our phase page! Here you will find overviews of what we are learning per term, phase trip photos, 'Top Dog' stars, 'House Points' and curriculum maps and resources for learning.
Summer Term 2014
SUMMER TERM DIARY DATES
Monday 21st April - Easter Monday
Tuesday 22nd April- Back to school
Monday 5th May- Bank Holiday
Monday 26th May - Half Term
Week of the 16th June- Phonics Screening
Friday 18th July - End of Term
Under the Sea!
This term we will dive into the deep to explore the exciting world of under the sea. In Science we will explore how to look after animals, ourselves and our local environment: the seaside. Through ICT we will be learning how to use data bases. By collecting data from the seaside the children will learn how to input and work with data. In Geography and History we will learn about the local environment, coastlines around the world and how our seaside looked like in the past and compared to now. In Art, all of the pupils will be contributing to a large under the sea back-drop. The children will create individual pieces of work to hang on to the back drop including jelly fish made from mixed materials. In Design and Technology we will design, make and evaluate our own healthy version of fish and chips. In Religious Education and PSCHE we will be exploring the responsibilities we have in looking after our local environment. In our P.E lessons for dance we will use the films Finding Nemo and the Little Mermaid as inspiration for movements of sea creatures. We will be learning some seaside songs for the children to sing along to.
In Literacy we will improve our information writing by studying the features of these texts whilst researching the seaside. We will write a recount using our beach trips as inspiration. We will then move on to explore poems using the seaside as our theme. During this term we will use the sea theme to study and adapt our own stories. To begin with we will look at Julia Donaldson’s, a children’s author, style of writing. We will also use our two Cine Literacy films, Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo, to help us with our creative writing.
This is awarded to the children who make the most effort on their homework. Our expectation is for Year 1 to do at least 20 minutes of input on their homework, and Year 2 to complete at least 30 minutes of input on their homework. Are you reaching for the stars to become this week's 'Top Dog' for homework? See each class page for this week's top dog!
Spring Term 2014
This term we have been taken into the world of castles! We have been inspired by the history of real life castles, showing off our excellent research skills. We have been writing some very interesting and useful information texts that tell us why castles were built, who lived in them, how they were used and the special features they had for protection against battles. The children have been designing and making castles (both in school and as part of home projects where families have produced some magnificent castles – they make our displays look wonderful). The children have been continuing these skills during their Forest School lessons by creating an outdoor castle for them to sit in when it is completed. Whilst exploring the history of medieval times, the children have been looking at heraldry and family crests. The children have produced imaginative shields which give clues as to the meaning of their family names. In gymnastics we have been using the castles theme to explore movements through a castle guarded by a dragon, the children have learnt to sequence mirrored movements, using high and low shapes. In music the children have enjoyed learning about medieval songs and we have just started to link our traditional fairy tales topic to some songs, including a frightening giant song from Jack and the Beanstalk – the children use very convincing giant voices! The children have been using the castles we have made to fire an attack on them using catapults for our science investigations about forces. In ICT we have programmed robots to attack/protect the castles.
Have a look at a few of our photos from our trip to Layer Marney Towers.
Phonics & Reading downloads
Below is a power point from the presentation given in Spring 2013 for the Phonics Check. A meeting will be arranged for Year 1 parents, including Year 2 parents whose child will need to retake the test in Summer 2014.
Below is a reading document created for parents to support their child's reading at home.
Monday 6th January - Back to school
Monday 10th February - Lower School Class Tea's 2pm
Tuesday 11th March - Lower School Parents Evening
Wednesday 12th March - Lower School Parents Evening
Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February- HALF TERM
Monday 7th April to Tuesday 22nd April - EASTER HOLIDAYS
Homework books due
in for all classes for marking.
Indoor P.E. for all classes.
Homework books distributed to
Parent/Teacher appointments can be made with Mrs
Goodsman (2:30pm-3pm). They must be booked in advance.
Forest Schools is every third Tuesday therefore outdoor shoes need to be brought in (we will remind the children the day before).
Parent/Teacher appointments can be made with Miss
Murphy, Mrs Bradbury and Mr Fletcher.
They must be booked in advance.
Outdoor P.E. for all classes.