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Lime Class Summer 2016

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Welcome back to Summer term in Lime Tree Class! We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing Easter break. Our topic this term is:

“Fly me to the Moon”

We will be learning the following:

  • Our English work in the first half term is about fantasy stories. We will be writing our own stories about visiting a different planet. We will also do some work on poetry. In the second half of the term, we will be learning how to write instructions. In preparation for this, your child could read and follow simple recipes at home or give oral instructions on how to make a bed for example! Spelling, punctuation and grammar work will continue to play a key role in all our English lessons. Children will also do more work on reading comprehension. You can help your child by asking him or her questions about what you have read together.

  • Maths - Children will be deepening their understanding of fractions and continue to develop their multiplication skills. They will practice using their mental maths skills, including adding and subtracting two digit numbers, and become more fluent in their recall of number facts.

Please continue to practise maths at home with your child – we have noticed that this has made a huge difference! We will be sending home some new Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRF’s) for you to work on with your child. Also, practising the times tables will really help your child become very fluent. To help with the work on fractions, you could speak about halves, quarters and even thirds in practical activities at home. There are plenty of maths activities on http://mathszone.co.uk/ as well.

  • Humanities – in the first half of the term, we will be looking at the history of flight and how it has developed over time from the first aeroplane ride to the jumbo jets of today.  We will look at aerial photographs and spot what key human and physical features we can see from the sky.  In the second half of the term the children will focus on Neil Armstrong and what made him an important person in history, placing key events on a timeline.

  • In Science, our focus will be materials. We will learn about different materials and their uses and design tests to answer simple scientific questions.

  • In the first half of the term the children will look at different artists and collage. In the second half of the term we will be designing our own moon buggies.

  • PE will continue to take place on Monday. We will also do PE on Friday mornings with Mrs Taplin. Please ensure that your child has their (named) PE kit in school each day. It is important that shorts and t-shirts are in the PE kit as well as a tracksuit/joggers as these are not safe on the gym equipment. Please remember that children will still need plimsolls as well as trainers for PE lessons to prevent splinters in the hall. We will continue to enjoy Forest School on a Wednesday afternoon with Mrs Hammond. Again, please ensure all the children bring in the right clothing for working in the forest.

  • Our topic for RE this half term is ’Christianity: Prayer and Worship’. Our collective worship value for this half term is ‘humility’. We will be focussing on this area in assemblies and also other curriculum areas. Our class assembly will take place on Friday 24th June at 9am. All are welcome to come and join us.

A short home task will be sent home each Wednesday and should be returned on or by the following Monday. Spellings will continue to go home on Friday and be tested the following Friday. Year 1 children will also be bringing home spellings this term. Please can we remind you of the importance of doing both homework and spellings with your child.

An adult will hear children read each week both individually and/or as part of a group in guided reading. It is still very important for your child to be heard to read at home with an adult at least three times a week. We understand that this is sometimes tricky but makes a huge difference to your child’s learning. This does not have to be the school reading book. Your child can read anything to you that he or she enjoys – everything will help build up fluency! To encourage more reading at home, we will be introducing a class reading chart.

Please make sure your child has their reading book and record in school each day. The children will be given the opportunity to change their books during snack time in the mornings.

During the summer term year 2 will carry out the National SATS tests for key stage one. Year one’s will also be carrying out the phonic screening test to show their phonics understanding.

Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are looking forward to an exciting Summer term.

Yours faithfully

,Hannah Besley and Kristine Foreman