Puffin - Mr Burch
Welcome to the Spider Monkey Class!
Spider Monkey class is taught by Mr Burch and supported by the wonderful teaching assistant Mrs Heath. Our year 1/2 teaching team also includes Miss Jordan and Miss Storey, who will sometimes be teaching you in different lessons and groups.
On this page you will find lots of information about what we are learning and useful links to support you.
About Mr Burch
What are we learning this term?
This term our topic question is, 'What makes the greatest show?' Our topic will be themed around the circus!
We will read Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Singing Mermaid’ and 'Olivia saves the circus'. We will explore the characters linked to the circus, write diary entries, create persuasive posters, write the story and change aspects of the beginning, middle and ending. We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside 'Power of Reading' to develop language, create story maps and develop our fluency in recalling key information and vocabulary from the texts that we read.
In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme which focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiplies. You could help your child by practising counting to 100 forwards and backwards, as well as in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s (Year 1) and 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s (Year 2).
In each year group we will be teaching our Leiston Recovery Curriculum, focusing on number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division to equip the children with key number skills and knowledge needed to support them to progress into their next year groups. We are recapping this curriculum due to C-19 school closures.
We are learning all about plants! We will observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants, find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.
Routes and journeys - can a circus live by the sea? Cities, towns and villages - comparisons around the country.
Exploring various printing techniques inspired by the circus. We will be creating collagraphs to print circus images.
Food technology - exploring where food comes from.
Exploring Christianity and celebrations.
Invasion games - Hockey and football
What are we learning this term
Welcome to the Spring term!
This term will look a little different to normal as we switch to home learning and online lessons. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find lots of useful websites, games and links to support your child during this home learning period.
Our topic theme this term is: 'Jetsetters'
We will be working towards answering our underpinning question: Where in the world can exploring take you?
Below is an overview of all the exciting things that we will be covering over the Spring term!
We will be exploring the following two text over the term, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson (Spring 1) and Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (Spring 2). We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside the 'Power of Reading' to develop our oracy and language skills, fluency in recalling information and develop our writing techniques.
We will be working towards writing a non-chronological report in the form of a newspaper report, linked to our text 'The Snail and the Whale'. We will be learning to feature-spot the spelling, punctuation and grammar from a good example of a newspaper report to help us write our own.
We will read stories from different cultures and use our text 'Amazing Grace' to write stories and diaries from the character's point of view.
In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work (https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/primary-resources/primary-sols/) with focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiples. You could help your child by practising counting to 100 forwards and backwards, as well as in multiples of 2s/5s/10s (Also 3s for Year 2).
This term our focus for each group will be:
- 2D/3D shapes
- Tens and ones
- Number bonds to 20
- Place value/ numbers within 50.
- Continuing to count in 10's and 5's.
- 2D/3D shapes
- Introducing fractions
- Continuing to count in 10's, 5's and introducing 2's.
We will be exploring living things and their habitats, identifying whether something is dead, alive or has never been alive (Spring 1) and exploring animals, including humans (Spring 2).
We will be learning about the continents and the oceans of the world, naming them (Spring 1). We will be contrasting the differences between hot and cold countries through exploring differing landscapes and climates (Spring 2).
We will be learning about a significant figure in history - Christopher Columbus and exploring the adventures that he embarked upon.
Exploring various printing techniques to create a shared printed artwork wall.
We will start our textiles unit by weaving basket and making musical instruments that we might find across the globe.
Working towards create a talking e-book, using audio recording equipment to create sound effects.
Exploring Christianity, celebrations and belonging.
Invasion games: football (Spring 1) and hockey (Spring 2) skills.
Below are some links to support further learning at home:
As a school we use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as a scheme to help support our teaching of children to read (Phonics), the link below will take you to the parental page of the RWI website. This will give you access to understanding how a RWI lesson is taught, what it consists of and how you can support your child.
Support your child further with Phonics:
Find free reading books at: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
Support your child further with Maths: