Welcome to Junior 1’s class page
It has been a joy to have the children back in school last term . All children have come back with a fantastic attitude and great behaviour for learning. They have shown a very mature understanding of the new routines and measures in place to keep everyone safe and I couldn't be prouder of their resilience and positivity. Although it is our hope to remain open, please keep up to date with the current COVID ‘potential school closure’ information. Below is an overview of what we are covering this term:
Topic: Tribal Tales
This topic allows children to step back into prehistoric times long before technology and the many luxuries of the modern world to learn how the people of early Britain lived. The children will use maps and atlases to locate prehistoric sites and discuss human and physical features. Through historical enquiry and research they will get the chance to study the differences between and developments from the Stone Age up to the Iron Age. We will look at Neolithic art, make clay beakers and Iron Age jewellery.
This term we will use our class topic ’Tribal Tales’ to stimulate writing opportunities, producing diary entries and fact files. We will read Kathleen Findlers ’The Boy with the Bronze Axe’ to create our own adventure narrative. As well as independent writing, the children will also work together to produce class work—enabling opportunities to scaffold good writing and share good practice. Comprehension and vocabulary will be taught as a carousel Tuesday and Wednesday by myself and Mrs Oldham.. Grammar and punctuation will be embedded throughout the literacy sessions linked to our specific text types.
Science: Biology - Plants
We will use the introduction of settlements to Stone Age living as a stimulus for exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth. We will investigate the transportation of water around the plant. We will describe and identify the function of each part of a flower and the important part it plays in the plant life cycle.
Junior 1’s will have PE on a Tuesday, we would like children to continue to come to school in their full PE kits to reduce the amount of items being brought into school at this time, and to save changing in school; allowing us to maximise our time. There will be no swimming lessons taking place this term.
This term we are also trialling children coming to school in their forest schools kits (again to reduce the movement of items between school and home). Please ensure your child comes in suitable clothing 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. We would like all children to bring some suitable footwear (wellies or walking boots) that can be kept in the boot room at school.
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 5/6 questions and will be aimed specifically at your child’s current needs in either maths or grammar. We will now alternate one week of maths and one week of grammar. The questions will help to reinforce what they have been doing in class. This ’little and often’ approach has worked really well for juniors resulting in the children becoming even more confident with key skills Each child will have a homework book — please encourage them to show all their workings in these books.
In addition to the weekly homework, the children will also have spellings and times-tables to practice at home. 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. Last term we introduced our reading challenges which encourage children to read regularly and from a range of genres. There are 9 challenges (mountains) for children to complete throughout school in order to reach the summit of Everest. A copy of the children’s current challenge is stuck in their reading dairies,
Please write a comment in the diary each time you listen to your child read or see your child reading so that I can monitor and tick off tasks as they are completed and celebrate your child's progress.
As juniors the children are expected to take responsibility for changing their own reading books and bringing their diaries into school to be checked. Children also receive a raffle ticket for each time they read.