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									                                                           Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Newsletter

                                                                             Summer 2009

Dear Parents

Our theme for this term is ‘A Beautiful World.’

Some of our main topics this term are;

     FS and Year 1 – Plants and Lifecycles – This unit introduces children to the idea of plants as living things that grow and change. Children will become aware
       of similarities and differences in plants. Experimental and investigative work focuses on:
       • turning ideas into a form that can be tested.
       • making and recording observations.
       • using results to communicate what happened and to draw conclusions.
       Children also have opportunities to link their knowledge of how plants grow to their understanding of science and to ways in which growing plants should be
       treated with sensitivity.
     Year 2 – Plants, Animals and Variation - Through this unit children learn about plants and animals in their immediate environment and how differences
       between places very close to each other result in a different range of plants and animals being found. Children will become more aware of the huge variety of
       living things within their local environment and of differences between them. They will learn that although individual living things are different there are
       similarities that can help to sort them into groups and that this is helpful. They learn that like humans, plants and other animals reproduce. Work in this unit
       also offers opportunities to relate understanding of science to the local environment, to consider how to treat living things and the environment with care and
       sensitivity and to recognise hazards to themselves and to take action to control the risks from these hazards.

      FS – Foundations of Communicating – In this unit children understand that ICT can be used to communicate their thoughts and ideas. They will become
       familiar with keyboard layout and begin to further develop ICT vocabulary.
      Year 1 and 2 – Finding Information – In this unit children learn to search for information held on a CD-ROM and online databases. The children are
       introduced to CD-ROM as a means of storing large amounts of information. They are taught to use menus, indexes and key words to search for pictures and
       gather information. Children will apply what they have learnt in this unit when using electronic information sources, such as CD-ROM and the World Wide Web,
       for other subjects.
      Year 1 and 2 – Questions and Answers - In this unit children develop their awareness of different types of questions, how they can be asked and how ICT
       can be used to answer them using different types of software. They learn that some of the programs they have used so far to present data cannot provide the
       answers to some specific questions. They begin to realise that programs have limitations and that it is knowledge of the facilities and tools offered that helps
       us to select the most appropriate tool for a task.
       Children learn how to ask questions that can be answered with yes or no responses. They have opportunities to work with a prepared file on a binary tree
       program to practise their questioning skills.
Music - Taking Off – Exploring Pitch – This unit develops children's ability to discriminate between higher and lower sounds and to create simple melodic patterns.
During this unit they learn to control the pitch of their voices and instruments by moving higher and lower both in steps and leaps and holding the same note. They
create simple melodic patterns and use changes in pitch expressively to respond to the stimuli of stories.
What’s the Score – Exploring Instruments and Symbols - This unit develops children's ability to recognise different ways sounds are made and changed and to
name, and know how to play, a variety of classroom instruments.
During this unit children explore classroom instruments and learn that instruments that make sounds in similar ways can be grouped into families. They create symbols
that represent the various ways an instrument can be played and use these to help create a sequence of sounds.

Creative Curriculum – Geography, History, Art and DT – ‘All the talk is of A Beautiful World.’ This topic explores plants and growing things, looking at plant cycles
and food chains, investigating the history of different plant-based products and the global context of different foods. Children also use plants in creating artistic and
musical projects. Some of the activities explored include: creating simple pop-up flowers; children exploring different sorts of flower looking at common features.
They recognise and name leaf, flower, stem and root, and draw a real flower labelling the different parts; using their observations from a visit to the local allotments.
Children follow their study of the local garden by looking at pictures by Monet of his garden. They locate Monet’s garden on world map and discuss climate. They paint
their own version of Monet’s garden. Children will create a pretend garden drawing on magic trees! They plan and create a garden on a plate, using plants found in the
local environment. They find out about these different plants and arrange their plate gardens. Children will be exploring Gardens around the world and researching
plants and animals from the rainforest, they will then create a collage to represent the rainforest.
We are also looking into a possible visit to the zoo or Safari Park during Summer 6, more details to follow.

Religious Education What can we learn from visiting a church?
This unit introduces children to the church as a special place where Christians worship. Children are given an opportunity to experience and reflect on the atmosphere
in a church, and to explore the purpose of the building.

In this unit children develop basic game-playing skills, in particular throwing and catching. They play games based on net games (like tennis and badminton), and games
based on striking and fielding games (like rounders and cricket). They have an opportunity to play one against one, one against two, and one against three.
In all games activities, children think about how to use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.
In this unit children explore running, jumping and throwing activities, and take part in simple challenges and competitions. They experiment with different ways of
travelling, throwing and jumping, increasing their awareness of speed and distance.
As in all athletic activities, children think about how to achieve the greatest possible speed, height, distance or accuracy .

The Year 2 children will once again be making a visit to Tibshelf Community Sports College on Tuesday 16 th June, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm where they will participate in a
‘Mini Olympics’ Festival. More details will be provided closer to the time.

For P.E. children will need their white or blue t-shirts and blue shorts for indoor sessions and suitable outdoor clothing such as sweatshirt
or zip-up top, jogging bottoms and trainers for outdoor sessions. At all times hair should be tied back and earrings removed. If the child
cannot remove their own earrings, please ensure they are not worn on P.E. days.
P.E. will take place on the following days Monday and Thursday
Summer Timetable
8:50 START




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MONDAY                           BIG WRITING                                                  Maths                                                                                    ICT                                             PE
                                 Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody in Class                            Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody                                                                 Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody

PSHE                             4                                                            in Class 4                                                                                                                                      FS, Year 1 and Year 2
                                                                                                                                                                                       FS – Mrs Wells                                              Mrs Moody
                                 FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                                    FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5
                                                                                                                                                                                       TA - Miss Kavcic
                                 TA – Miss Kavcic                                             TA – Miss Kavcic

TUESDAY                          English                                                                                                                                               Creative Afternoon                              Creative Afternoon

                                                                                                                                       KM – Individual and Buddy Readers 1:00 – 1:15
Mrs Moody PPA - PM               Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody in Class                            Maths                                                                                    Geog/His/Art/DT                                 Geog/His/Art/DT
                                 4                                                            Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody

                                                                                              in Class 4                                                                               FS, Year 1 and Year 2 – Mrs                     FS, Year 1 and Year 2 – Mrs Wells
                                 FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                                                                                                                             Wells
                                                                                              FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5
                                 TA – Miss Kavcic                                                                                                                                                                                      TA – Miss Kavcic
                                                                                              TA – Miss Kavcic                                                                         TA – Miss Kavcic

WEDNESDAY                        English                                                      Maths                                                                                    Creative Afternoon                              Creative Afternoon
                                 Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody in Class                            Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody                                                                 Geog/His/Art/DT                                 Geog/His/Art/DT
Mrs Moody –                      4                                                            in Class 4

Management Release                                                                                                                                                                     FS, Year 1 and Year 2 – Mrs                     FS, Year 1 and Year 2 – Mrs Wells

                                 FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                                    FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5

- PM                                                                                                                                                                                   Wells

                                 TA – Miss Kavcic                                             TA – Miss Kavcic                                                                                                                         TA – Miss Kavcic
                                                                                                                                                                                       TA – Miss Kavcic

THURSDAY                         English                                                      Maths                                                                                    Music              RE                           PE
                                 Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody in Class                            Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody
Tai Chi                          4                                                            in Class 4                                                                               FS, Year 1 and     FS, Year 1 and               FS, Year 1 and Year 2 –

FS – 9:30 – 10: 00                                                                                                                                                                     Year 2 – Mrs       Year 2 – Mrs                 Mrs Moody

                                 FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                                    FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                                                                Moody              Moody
Y1 & Y2 – 10:00 –                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TA – Miss Kavcic
10:30                            TA – Miss Kavcic                                             TA – Miss Kavcic                                                                         TA – Miss          TA – Miss
                                                                                                                                                                                       Kavcic             Kavcic

FRIDAY                                    English                                             Maths                                                                                    Science                                         Science
                                          Year 1 and 2 – Mrs                                  Year 1 and 2 – Mrs Moody

                                                                                                                                       KM – Ind Readers

                                          Moody in Class 4                                    in Class 4                                                                               Year 2 – Ms Partlow – Class 4                   Year 2 – Ms Partlow –

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TARGET WORK


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Class 4
                                          FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                           FS – Mrs Wells in Class 5                                                                FS & Year 1 – Mrs Moody in Class
                                                                                                                                                                                       5                                               FS & Year 1 – Mrs Moody
                                          TA – Miss Kavcic                                    TA – Miss Kavcic                                                                                                                         in Class 5
                                                                                                                                                                                       TA – Miss Kavcic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TA – Miss Kavcic
Reading, Spellings and Homework
Firstly, a special thank you to Mrs Tryner, who volunteered as a parent reader during the Spring Term.

We aim to listen to children read twice a week, once individually and once as part of a group, although during particularly busy times, this is not always possible. This is
done either by us, our Teaching Assistant, Miss Kavcic, or by one of our reading volunteers. We would appreciate it if you could continue to hear your child read on a
regular basis. Please see me as soon as possible if you would be able to spare an hour a week by becoming one of our parent readers.

A set of spellings will be set on Tuesdays for Year 1 and Wednesdays for Year 2 and tested the following week.

Creative Homework
Once again we are asking the children to complete a homework project based on our topic, ‘A Beautiful World,’ rather than setting weekly homework tasks.
This term we are asking the children to design and create their own ‘Mini Garden’. Your child’s mini garden could be created on a tray, in a bottle or even by using an
unusual household object. If you have any questions or require any materials to support your child completing the project, please don’t hesitate to come in and see me
or Mrs Wells.

The project should be completed and bought into school for Monday 13th July. During this week as part of our ‘Creative Curriculum Afternoon’ session your child will be
able to share the work they have done and what they have learnt. Certificates will be awarded to all children who successfully complete their project on time and a
prize will be awarded for the most unusual mini garden created.

We hope you find this information useful and if there are any issues relating to your child that you wish to discuss with us please feel free to come and see us before
or after school.

Thank you for your continued support

Best Wishes

Kerry Moody and the Foundation/Key Stage 1 Team

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