This term in Maple our topic will be ‘plants’.
Throughout the term we will be looking at different stories in our literacy lessons. We will be focusing on the four sentence types: statements, commands, exclamations and questions.
Our science will be linked to our topic, and the children will be learning how to identify flowers, understand what plants need in order to grow, and to name parts of a flower. The children will undertake experiments to test what happens to plants if they do not have the correct conditions to grow. We will also be monitoring our class flowers and vegetables and keeping a diary in order to observe how they grow and develop.
After half term we are going to be focusing on the difference between ‘living’, ‘non-living’ and ‘have never lived’ objects in science. We will be learning how to categorise these objects, and talk about what makes something living.
Within maths this term, we will looking at developing the children’s reasoning skills which involve the four calculations. Within our lessons, the children will have regular opportunities to practise maths in real contexts to aid them in acquiring the mathematical language.
We will be continuing a reading focus this term, to enthuse the children’s love of reading and to help their reading skills. To help your child with their reading, please find regular opportunities to read with your child. The more variety of texts the children can read will assist them with gaining more vocabulary. Once you have read with your child, please discuss with them what they read, their opinions and ask them questions about what happened. This will aid their understanding of what they are reading.
Phonics Play is a fantastic resource online with lots of fun games and tools to help your child become confident with their phonics. We use this site in school and the children thoroughly enjoy the games and practise reading real words and made up words.
There are also some brilliant maths games on the Mathletics, Topmarks site, Crickweb and BBC bitesize. The games are interactive and allow the children to practise their different maths skills.
The children will have weekly spellings and you will receive the list each Friday. Please support your child with practising their spellings as it greatly helps their writing. We will test the spellings on a Friday.
Please send in WOW moments for your child. It is such a fantastic way for the children to share their home achievements with their peers. We will be making ‘This is your year’ WOW moment books for the children to take home in July and it would be wonderful if they were full of special moments.
We look forward to a super summer term in Maple Class.
This term’s homework grid: Maple Summer Term Homework
Mrs Kate Bradford