In KS1, every morning we move into our RWI groups where we learn our sounds in a speed sound session before moving onto reading. RWI is lots of fun! In English, we use stories and model texts to explore different styles and types of writing – we might write a story for Reception Class or letters asking for help with a project. We love to use ‘Talk 4 Writing’ so we can explore texts as a ‘reader’ and as a ‘writer’. We use text maps to help us internalise texts, learn new vocabulary, sentence structures and punctuation which we then can use in our own writing when we independently apply the skills to our own ideas. We are enjoying learning how to edit our writing to check for mistakes and make it even better, then we publish our writing using our best handwriting – sometimes this goes in our special learning exhibitions at the end of the term!
During our maths lessons, we start with a CLIC session to help us build up our basic maths skills, focusing on our Counting, Learn Its, It’s Nothing New and our Calculation sessions. Once our brains are warmed up, we move into our Power Maths lessons. Throughout the session, we enter the ‘Discover’ stage where we explore a problem using resources and our prior knowledge, before moving into our ‘Think Together Stage’. When we are feeling confident, we will begin work in our practice books – if we need a little bit of extra support, we know we can use our resources, use a ‘scaffold’ sheet, or ask a friend or adult to help us a little bit more. When we are super confident and complete our practice book lesson, we can access a ‘Diving Deeper Challenge’ – these are an extra challenge, usually focused on reasoning or problem-solving to make our brains think even harder and make connections and links in our learning.
We also love to learn and make links between other subjects. We love learning in Science, exploring different materials and doing experiments! We are fascinated about the past and have loved exploring events from beyond our living memory, like the Great fire of London! We can make links in History with Geography, exploring where different places are – this might influence where things are built too! Every week, we like to show off our creative sides, exploring different artists and styles of work. We build-up our skills so we are ready to produce a high-quality piece of artwork! It’s important that we look after ourselves, Zippy helps us do this and gives us good advice on how to deal with different situations. In RE, we learn about different religions which helps us to understand the different views that people may have – we are able to make links between different religions looking at how some beliefs are similar or different. As well as this, we enjoy exploring our value of the term through stories and the bible, we then try our very best to demonstrate these values every day.
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