Welcome to Junior 1’s class page
To support the NHS and protect vulnerable groups of people, Stanton School is currently closed other than to children of key workers whose work is critical and essential to the governments Covid19 response.
At this time we are using Google Classroom to support parents in educating their children at home. Each day Junior 1's will be set 3 tasks, 1 English, 1 Maths and 1 other to encourage exploration of the wider curriculum. Alongside these tasks, we encourage children to read daily and practice their multiplication tables using Times Tables Rock Stars. Google classroom also allows the children to share their work with us, support each other and allows on going communication and feedback with myself. We do not expect children to engage with home education for a set amount of time a day but just to complete the tasks given, which should not exceed an hour. If you wish to work with your children for longer you can do so as a personal choice.
We have all been overwhelmed by the level of creativity and engagement from home and we thank you for all your support and encouragement at this time as we do our best to deliver the curriculum remotely from home.
We hope that you all stay safe and we look forward to seeing you on your return to school.
Topic: Gods and Mortals
Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Meet Theseus and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies the sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus.
This term we will be using our topic on the Ancient Greeks to stimulate writing. We will cover descriptions and action writing through the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. We will look at the Greeks introduction of democracy and discuss, plan and create a balanced argument about whether children should or should not be able to vote. Finally we will use Greek battles as an opportunity to write in role and create first person recounts.
Science: Biology - Rocks
We will be using the story of Icarus and Daedalus to introduce our topic of light. Starting by recognising darkness as the absence of light before moving onto discussing primary and secondary sources. Children will get the chance to work scientifically by investigating shadow size and patterns. As part of this unit we will also cover sun safety.
The children will begin swimming on the 26th of February and will continue this on a weekly basis for the first five weeks of term. Place ensure children have their swimming kits in school on a Wednesday to leave promptly in the afternoon.As a school this term all classes will be doing PE on a Tuesday, we are trialling children coming to school in their full PE kits to save changing in school and allowing us to maximise our time. As a school we feel passionately about the effects of physical activity and mindfulness on childrens’ mental health and wellbeing. If your child wears earrings can we please ask that they are able to remove or cover their studs with plasters in order to ensure their safety and that of others.
Please ensure your child has suitable clothing in school for our forest schools sessions which will take place on a Thursday afternoon. It is important their clothing keeps them warm and dry. Long sleeved tops and bottoms are essential even for the warmer afternoons as they help protect the children from brambles.
The children will be given one piece of homework (which should take no longer than 5 minutes) each night. Each piece of homework will consist of 5 questions and will be aimed at your child’s current needs. The questions will help to reinforce what they have been doing in class. This ’little and often’ approach, worked really well last year and resulted in the children becoming even more confident with their maths and grammar. Each child will have a homework book — please encourage them to show all their workings in these books.
The children should be able to answer each question; however, if you provide any support PLEASE highlight this in their books
so that I can provide further support at school to help them master that particular skill.
This year sees the introduction of a statutory multiplication tables check (MTC) for year 4 children where they will be asked 25 questions; testing their knowledge of times tables facts up to 12x12, both multiplication and division. The children will be given 6 seconds to answer. This test will be administered electronically. It would be great if you could encourage them to practice these, as they will help their development and support the work we do in school. Please feel free to ask in school for any extra information.
With strong links between reading and attainment, the children are given ample opportunities to read in school. However, they are also encouraged to read at home. Listening to them, reading to them and questioning them about what they have read will help to promote reading habits and have a positive impact on their development. Each child has a reading diary and in the Juniors it is their responsibility to fill it in each time they read, either at home or a school.
Please write a comment in the diary each time you listen to your child read or see your child reading. This can help to encourage them and provide some feedback which can help to progress their reading ability.