Welcome to the Swifts class information page.
Miss Hannah Allan teaches the Swifts.
Mrs Jane Whitlock and Mrs Thomas support this class.
Welcome back Swifts! Hope you all had a good Easter Holiday and didn’t eat too much chocolate!! 🙂
Here is a summary of what we will be getting up to this half term:
During this half term our topic will be We all went on Safari. The Swifts will join explorers as they visit Kenya and meet the people, wildlife and landscapes. They will learn where Kenya is on a map and undertake a variety of fun activities to help them learn more about the country so they are able to compare it to the UK.
In Science we will be learning about Plants. The Swifts will learn about the structure of plants and trees and what they need to grow well. They will also begin to identify common plants and trees in the garden and the wild, finding out the difference between deciduous and evergreen. The Swifts will plant their own beans and sunflowers that will be observed closely over the summer term.
In Literacy we will be looking at:
- Fairy Stories – Jack and the Bean Stalk
- Poems about nature – Daffodils by Wordsworth, Who? by Pie Corbett, haikus
- Information texts – The Dancing Tiger, Tigress, Surprising Sharks, Ice Bear
In Maths we will be focusing on:
- Place Value – Counting forwards and backwards to 100, counting in 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and writing numbers up to 100.
- Capacity/Data – understanding how to read scales, finding out which container holds more/less, estimating and accurate readings.
- Money – adding coins together and giving change.
- Addition and subtraction
- 3D Shapes – revisiting the shapes and their properties
- Fractions – 1/2’s and 1/4’s of a given number of objects and shapes
Phonics: Any additional work at home based on the phase 3/4 and 5 sounds would be really beneficial for your child 🙂 As you may or may not be aware the Swifts will be taking part in the Phonics Screening check in June. The phonics screening check is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in England each June to assess their reading ability. If you click on the following link it will explain more about the phonics screening check:
Here are some useful websites for your child to use to help them with their sounds:
Here is a link for the past papers that we use in school with the children to familiarise them with the layout and practise those tricky words! www.satspapers.org.uk/Page.aspx?TId=21
There are also loads of apps that you can download from the app store – Mr. Thorne Does Phonics and Zat Phonics are great apps that you can buy. There are also lots of free apps that can be downloaded too – Phonics Genius
PE will be on a Monday and a Wednesday. Please make sure you have: shorts, a T-shirt, jogging bottoms and a jumper/hoodie as well as trainers! Girls please make sure your hair is tied back on these days.
Homework and Spellings- Homework and spellings are set on a Tuesday and are due in the following Tuesday. You will have a spelling book and a homework book to do your work in.
Reading: Please spend 5 minutes a day reading with your child – it makes such a big difference!! 🙂
Miss Allan Useful links to websites for the Swifts will also be added here.
[page updated 2/11/2017]
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