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Mr Randles' class. During the Summer term, we will be learning.....

How does the Pokemon world work?

After a successful and engaging geography topic last term, we have chosen to continue to follow the children's interest in the World and it's wonderful creatures.  This will allow the children to build upon their prior learning of the continents and how their landscapes are formed with physical and human features. We want to use Pokémon as a platform to compare how regions in the Pokémon world are similar to countries and continents in our world and identify the physical and human features they see on a Pokémon map.

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Literacy

 The world of Pokémon will help to stimulate our writing this term. The children will be exposed to a text through Talk for Writing, which is rich in nouns. Once they have internalised this story, we will start to learn how nouns are names for people, places and things. We will explore the many Pokémon creatures and their unique names. Writing about these will help the children begin to understand how proper nouns require a capital letter. During topic lessons, children will apply this learning to the names of continents and countries when adding labels and captions to their pictures.

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Phonics activities will be sent home fortnightly in preparation for the Phonics Screening Test. This year, the test will take place throughout the week commencing 11th June.

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Numeracy

The children are taught maths daily through investigations and ‘CLIC’ sessions (Counting, Learn-Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation). Using these approaches, the children develop a strong understanding of rote number facts, as well as learning to apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems in real life contexts.

This term we will be consolidating the children’s knowledge of place value and how we can use this to solve adding or subtracting multiples of ten to two-digit numbers. The children will apply this skill to real life problems in various contexts such as money, mass and length.  ‘Beat That’ tests will continue to be sent home fortnightly to ensure these number facts are secure.

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Science

We have begun this term by looking at classifying animals and thinking how Pokémon creatures could be classified if they were real. The children have started to discuss how animals belong in habitats which provide them with the right food, shelter, temperature, water and adequate space. They will also be learning how animals are adapted to survive in their habitat and observing the life cycle of a frog with the help of our recent addition to the class, some real tadpoles!

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Homework

Once a week, children will be receiving Big Maths homework. This will have the same facts from week to week, but in a different order. They are to help your children recall number facts quickly.

We urge you to also practise reading with your children at least 4 times per week. Your children will all have a reading book to take home. It will be their responsibility to change this in school.

The work you do with your children at home is just as important as the learning they do in school. We thank you for all the wonderful support you provide for your children.

Other Notices

Thank you to all parents for helping your children begin year 1 so maturely and independently. Here are a few reminders for any questions you might have about our routines.

Children are expected to look after their own book bags and they are responsible for giving homework and letters directly to the teachers.

Children are also responsible for their own fruit money. Fruit can be bought at play time from a trolley for 20p each day. There are always enough coins to allow for change so do not worry if you cannot give your children the exact change.

We do not need a PE kit unless we are learning gynmastic skills, and we will inform you when this comes around. It would be useful to have a pair of outdoor shoes or wellies in case we are learning outside.