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We are a happy, family school with strong Christian values. We all work together to promote a love of learning where children succeed and reach their full potential. We hope you enjoy your visit.Hanley Swan Primary School is part of the Hanley and Upton Educational Trust

What are we doing this term?

Summer Term 2019
Let's get growing

The final term is here and it is a very busy one, so please keep your eye on the Weekly Words and website for all the information you will need.

This term our main topic is ‘Growing’ along with a number of mini topics as suggested by the children as we go through the term.

Within this topic we will be learning about everything that grows. We will be exploring human growth, plant growth, animal growth with a particular interest in the life cycle of a butterfly and the life cycle of a chicken. We will be hatching chicks, watching caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies, planting seeds and bulbs and learning about where our food comes from. It will be an action packed end to the year.

Alongside the main theme we will also be meeting Wallace and another teacher from our link school in Tanzania when they visit in June. We will be going on a number of trips, including a music festival at Badsey.

Oh yes! And there is also the new intake visiting, a theatre trip, sports day, a wet and wild day, the summer fayre and an awful lot more!!!! All in 11 weeks!!

English / literacy
Most children have made incredible progress this year thanks to the effort and regular reading they have done at home. W
e will continue to look at and use our sound knowledge to read and write words. We will be developing our cursive handwriting and attempting to write simple sentences. Alongside this we will also be continuing to learn the High Frequency Words. Please continue to read on a regular basis with your child – it is already noticeable the difference between those who read very regularly and those who do not.

 

The children will also be in different Read, Write, Inc groups this term, they will be with one of our Read, Write, Inc trained members of staff (Miss Evans, Mrs Brown or Mrs Sauntson). The small groups (of no more than 6) are based on their ability and will also act as a very fluid transition into year 1 literacy - they will continue in the small group for the first few weeks into year 1.


Maths
In Numeracy will be developing our number skills by looking at and counting numbers to 20 and beyond. Writing numerals 0 – 20. Working on addition and subtraction. Exploring 3D shapes and attempting to re-create patterns. We will also continue to develop our shape and space language and attempt to solve mathematical problems.

 

After half term the children will also be grouped for maths and will be working alongside members of staff from class 2. As with Read, Write, Inc this will allow for specific maths teaching focused on where the children are at and will also act as a very smooth transition into Year 1 - they will continue in the same small group for the first few weeks into Year 1.

 

Transition

 As you can see for English and maths we have a very well planned transition for the children going from class 1 (Early Years) to class 2 (Year 1 & Year 2). In English and maths from September they are still being taught as 1 year group and in small groups.

During this term the children will also have many opportunities to visit class 2 and meet Mrs Drinkwater (class 2 teacher) and Mrs Drinkwater will be doing some activities in class 1 with the children.


Forest School
This will be a highlight of the week and will be led by the children and facilitated by the staff each week. We will start this on the 9th May. This will give everyone a chance to bring a pair of wellington boots in school if they are not already in school. As the weather improves it would be great if the children could also keep a set of old clothes in school to use as this will be cooler than the waterproofs. Please bring these in on the 9
th May. Please remember long sleeves and no shorts / skirts as there are still stinging nettles in Forest school.

One final note:

Hopefully the weather will continue to improve this term. The children MUST HAVE A SUNHAT IN SCHOOL as we do spend a lot of time outside and it is not fair if they have to stay inside.


Things to bring to school

PE Kit – Stays in school and sent home to wash if dirty and/or at the end of each half term.

Wellington boots and old clothes – Stay in school.

Water bottle with water in.

Lunch box – if needed.

When cold and wet – coat and if needed cold weather clothes.
When hot – hat and sun cream


In Book bag – everyday :
Reading Folder & Home school liaison book.

Please make sure they are in the Red Folder.

In Book bag – Thursday or Friday:
Library book.
Please make sure it is in the Blue Folder.

Please do not forget my classroom door is always open (apart from weekends) for a chat and a chance to answer any questions/queries you have.

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