Westminster

Welcome to Westminster Bridge Class.

Class teacher: Mrs Ramakrishnan

Teaching assistant: Miss Dale

Week beginning 2nd January 2023

January 1, 2023

Our learning this week…

Phonics

At Howard Primary School we have adopted Read Write Inc Phonics.

RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:  

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/

Hold a sentence is an activity that encourages children to remember a whole sentence while focusing on spelling and punctuation.

Build a sentence is to give children the opportunity to create their own sentence to that shows the meaning of a word and edit a sentence allows the children to critique a sentence using their knowledge of spelling punctuation and grammar. Children complete a longer piece of independent writing, which gives them the opportunity to show off their creativity and to practice their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

 

English

We will also be using The Power of Reading scheme. We will be basing our literacy work based on a core text. This core text is called The Wild by Emily Hughes.

English

At Howard Primary School we have adopted The Power of Reading scheme for literacy. Our literacy work is based around a core text. The text we are working on is called Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin.

 

Other books by Bethan Woollvin include:

 

 

 

Maths – Statistics

  • Make tally charts
  • Draw pictograms
  • Interpret pictograms (2,5 and 10s)

 

Make tally charts

Draw pictograms

Children will draw pictorgrams.

— Interpret pictograms (1:1)

 A pictogram is a chart that uses pictures to represent data. Pictograms are set out in the same way as bar charts but instead of bars they use columns of pictures to show the numbers involved. 

Drawing and Interpreting Pictograms (Pictographs) - Maths with Mum

Interpret pictograms

Science – Living things and their habitat

Our topic this term is living things and their habitat.

This week we will distinguish between living and non-living things. The children will go on a walk around the school’s group in search for items that are living and non living.

Science Quiz For Kids On Living And Nonliving Things - ProProfs Quiz

PE

Please remember to send your child to school in their PE kit on their PE days.

Westminster – Tuesday & Thursday
Hungerford – Tuesday & Thursday

Music

We will focus on exploring sounds and pitch.

RE

In RE we will continue to learn about  Judaism.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqbw2hv

 

Judaism | TheSchoolRun

RHE  – Relationship and Health Education

Jigsaw has two aims for all children:

  • To build their capacity for learning
  • To equip them for life

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. The topic this term is ‘Dreams and goals‘.

The children will talk about setting realistic goals and how they can achieve them. They will learn about perseverance when they find things difficult as well as recognising their strengths as a learner.  The children will talk and experience group work and reflect on who they work well with and who they don’t. They will also learn to share their success with other people.

Reading

When reading with your child at home ask them questions related to their book.

Questions to ask before you read

  • Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in our story?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
  • Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?

Questions to ask during the reading

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What can you tell me about the story so far?
  • Can you predict how the story will end?
  • Why do you think the character did _______?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
  • As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?
  • As you read, what are you wondering about?
  • Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Questions to ask after reading

  • Can you remember the title?
  • In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
  • Were your predictions about the story correct?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?
  • Can you retell the story in order?
  • If you were __________, how would you have felt?
  • What is the most interesting situation in the story?
  • Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?

Why did you like this book?

Mathletics

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Star of the week

Star Of The Week - Concordia Academy

Hungerford

Patricia – for trying her best with reading and phonics.

Westminster

Corey – for focusing more on his learning.

 

 

Week beginning 12th December 2022

December 11, 2022

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

We Wish You a Merry Christmas' lyrics | Classical Music

 Last day of term is on the 16th December. Children finish school at normal time.

 

Our learning this week…

Phonics

At Howard Primary School we have adopted Read Write Inc Phonics.

RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing. Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK’s primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:  

Purpose – know the purpose of every activity and share it with the children, so they know the one thing they should be thinking about

Participation – ensure every child participates throughout the lesson. Partnership work is fundamental to learning

Praise – ensure children are praised for effort and learning, not ability

Pace – teach at an effective pace and devote every moment to teaching and learning

Passion – be passionate about teaching so children can be engaged emotionally.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/

Hold a sentence is an activity that encourages children to remember a whole sentence while focusing on spelling and punctuation.

Build a sentence is to give children the opportunity to create their own sentence to that shows the meaning of a word and edit a sentence allows the children to critique a sentence using their knowledge of spelling punctuation and grammar. Children complete a longer piece of independent writing, which gives them the opportunity to show off their creativity and to practice their spelling, grammar and punctuation.

 

English

We will also be using The Power of Reading scheme. We will be basing our literacy work based on a core text. This core text is called The Wild by Emily Hughes.

Other books by Emily Hughes include:

This week we will create non-chronlogical reports about bears.

 Eventually the children will write their own non chronological report about brown bears.

A non-chronological report is a non-fiction report which is not written in time order. A non-chronological report is focused on a single topic and includes various facts about this topic.

Examples:

 

On Monday we will look at features of a non-chronological report and we will locate these features on different report types.

Maths – Shape

To describe 3D shape according to faces
To describe 3D shape according to vertices
To describe 3D shape according to edges
To describe 3D shapes and find different ways to sort them
To investigate how polygons can be joined and folded to form 3D shapes

Recognise and describe 3D shapes - Maths - Learning with BBC Bitesize - BBC  Bitesize

To describe 3D shapes according to their faces

Faces are the flat or curved surfaces that make up the outside of a 3D shape.

 

 

To understand that polygons can be named according to the number of edges

An edge is where two faces meet. For example a cube has 12 edges, a cylinder has two and a sphere has none.

 

Know Your 3D Shapes: Faces, Edges and Corners Worksheet - EdPlace

 

To understand that polygons can be named according to the number of vertices

A vertex is a corner where edges meet. The plural is vertices. For example a cube has eight vertices.

What are Vertices? - Edges, Faces, and Vertices of a Shape

 

To sort 3D polygons according to sides and vertices

 


To discuss, and compare by direct comparison, the shape and size of polygons

3D shapes and their nets activity | Teaching Resources

 

 

Science – Use of everyday materials

This week we will recap everything we know about materials.

Art – Pattern and shape

We will recap our previous learning on pattern and shape and use that knowledge to create a picture using a vareity of patterns and shapes.

PE

Please remember to send your child to school in their PE kit on their PE days.

Westminster – Tuesday & Thursday
Hungerford – Tuesday & Thursday

Music

We will focus on exploring sounds and pitch.

RE

In RE we will  continue to learn about the birth of Jesus according to Christian beliefs.

https://www.whychristmas.com/story/the-christmas-story

RHE  – Relationship and Health Education

Jigsaw has two aims for all children:

  • To build their capacity for learning
  • To equip them for life

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. The topic this term is ‘Celebrating differences‘. The children will eventually:

  • Learn what bullying is and what it isn’t.
  • Talk about how it might feel to be bullied and who to ask for help.
  • Talk about friendships – how to make friends.
  • Learn that it is OK to have differences from their friends.
  • Talk about being nice and looking after other children.

Reading

When reading with your child at home ask them questions related to their book.

Questions to ask before you read

  • Can you look at the pictures and predict what you think will happen in this book?
  • What makes you think that?
  • What characters do you think might be in our story?
  • Do you think there will be a problem in this story? Why or why not?
  • Does the topic/story relate to you or your family? How?

Questions to ask during the reading

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What can you tell me about the story so far?
  • Can you predict how the story will end?
  • Why do you think the character did _______?
  • What would you have done if you were the character?
  • How would you have felt if you were the character? (use different characters)
  • As I read____________, it made me picture________ in my head. What pictures do you see in your head?
  • As you read, what are you wondering about?
  • Can you put what you’ve just read in your own words?

Questions to ask after reading

  • Can you remember the title?
  • In your opinion, was it a good title for this book? Why or why not?
  • Were your predictions about the story correct?
  • If there was a problem, did it get solved?
  • What happened because of the problem?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What is the most important point the author is trying to make in his writing?
  • What was your favourite part of the story?
  • If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be?
  • Can you retell the story in order?
  • If you were __________, how would you have felt?
  • What is the most interesting situation in the story?
  • Is there a character in the story like you? How are you alike?

Why did you like this book?

Mathletics

Please continue to complete your activities on Mathletics.

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Star of the week

Star Of The Week - Concordia Academy

Hungerford

 

Westminster