Term 2 Overview

In Term 2 we will be doing Space based on different stories: Whatever Next, Q Pootle 5, Beegu and Aliens Love Underpants.

As a project in the holiday it would be nice for your child to make a space related model or picture for us to display in the classroom.

You were all given a maths pack of ideas from Parents Evening before half term.  Please practise these as we want the children to work within numbers to 5/10 this term.  When your child comes into class in the morning, we will be starting to practise writing their name, so it is important you keep up their phonics work every day as this will give them confidence to read and write.

In the last few weeks of term 2, we will be studying the Christmas story and doing related activities.

We will also be organising a joint Christmas event with the Nursery – we will send out details at a later date.

Term 2 Overview

This term we are finishing our work about the Romans. The children will be finding out about the legacy which the Romans left behind in Britain (roads, food and architecture). The children will be painting their Roman shields and soon we will have an exciting Roman V Celt battle.

In Science the children will be learning about electricity including circuits, switches, conductors and insulators.

In English the children will be continuing to work on their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills as well as working on playscripts and exploring poetry.

In Maths our focus this term will be on measurement, statistics, geometry and fractions.

Lastly, the year 4 and 5 children will be performing in a Christmas performance at the end of term.

Term 1 Overview

Welcome to term one of year 6! In your last year at Grovelands, you will be responsible for showing the rest of the school how to behave. You have instantly become role models to the rest of the school and you have started the year fantastically! This year you will have some of your most memorable primary school experiences such as going to Blacklands and/or being part of the year 6 show.

Homework is an important part of year 6. Every week you will get times tables to practise, spellings to learn, an activity on Mymaths to complete and you will be able to choose an activity from a menu. Homework will be given out on the Friday and will need to be handed in on a Wednesday. If you don’t have access to a computer then you will be able to complete your Mymaths activity on the computers at school.

We have planned an exciting start to the year! We have begun swimming (which will continue every Monday this term), and in October will visit Butser Ancient Farm to experience some Viking crafts. We have begun reading our class text ‘How to Train your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell; we will be reading this text across the term and we’ll be completing pieces of writing inspired by our reading. We will also be spending our topic time finding out more about how the Vikings used to live.

We hope you have a very successful first term in year 6!

Term 1 Overview

Year 5 Term 1 Overview

We are excited this term as we are learning about the Anglo-Saxons. The children will be researching about Anglo-Saxon life in Britain. We will be visiting the Michelham Priory to take part in a variety of Anglo-Saxon workshops.

In English we will be reading the Anglo-Saxon story “Beowulf”. We will also be writing about Anglo Saxon homes and using the Horrible Histories book “Smashing Saxons” as a stimulus for writing.

In Maths our focus this term will be on place value, the four operations and statistics.

Regards

Year 5 Teachers

Christine Anderson, Nicki Dale and Tim Healy.

Term 1 Overview

This term the children have been settling into life in Key Stage 2. The children will be learning a few new routines, like losing their afternoon play at half-term, and starting their new reading scheme, AR. This will require the children to answer online questions about each book they read, so please keep up the good work at home.

In English the children will be exploring a variety of different writing contexts, such as: postcards, letters and persuasive leaflets. They will also be creating Harvest themed poetry. We will be recapping many of the important rules that the children learnt in Key Stage 1, including capital letters, full stops and finger spaces, while introducing new concepts such as writing in different tenses and higher level descriptive language.

Many of the writing experiences the children will have in this term will be in the context of our WW2 topic. They will learn about life on the home front, the Blitz, evacuation and rationing. The children will also visit Newhaven Fort to learn more about our topic and they will even get a chance to experience what it would have been like to be in an air raid shelter.

Maths for Term 1 focuses on place value, addition and subtraction. Pupils will work on concrete representations of number and there will be greater emphasis placed on reasoning and problem-solving skills. We will learn times table and division facts. Any work you could do at home on using money and telling the time would be greatly appreciated.

Our first PE topic is controlling and propelling objects. The children will practice passing and catching different objects in a variety of ways in a controlled manner. The children are very lucky that during this time they will have a PE teacher from Grovelands Active, as well as their normal teacher, to help them during these lessons.

The computing lessons will inform the children about the skills required to send emails. They will learn how to send emails safely, as well as attaching different media to their messages.

Term 1 Overview

This term we are learning about the Romans. The children will be researching about the Celts and discovering what Roman life was like in Britain. We will also be finding out what life would have been like for a Roman soldier. As part of our topic we will be paying a visit to Fishbourne Roman Palace, where the children will get to see the mosaics and take part in various activities.

In English our focus will be on non-fiction. We will also be writing in role through story and letter entries.

In Maths our focus this term will be on place value and addition and subtraction.

Notices

During Art the children will be making Roman shields. If you have any large pieces of cardboard please could they be brought into school any time from now.

Term 1 Overview

Nursery Rhymes will be our focus this term. We will be interpreting them in many ways, lots of role play, how they contain numbers, art work and the rhyming aspects which help children’s reading skills. To help us it would be good if you could teach your child some of the nursery rhymes you learnt at school, especially those that have actions. Your child could then teach the rest of the class.

The children will be building the muscles in their hands, so they will have a firm pencil grip, by doing lots of cutting, sewing, posting and play dough. This term we will focus on learning their sounds, writing their names and numbers. They will also be singing Nursery Rhymes and Action songs. The children will be bringing home two types of books to read. One will be a story book that you can share together the other will be a book with no words. With this book we would like you to encourage your child to make up and tell the story from the pictures. Please feel free to write comments in their reading records on any aspect of their reading.

From the 25th September we will start daily recognition of Jolly Phonics. We will also be giving out the Phonic packs from this day.  Please look at the black board in the playground and our weekly newsletter to see our focus sounds for the week and any additional information.

As a school we are promoting “Learning powers at Grovelands” and this term we are focusing on “Engagement”.

These are:

  • “I come into school ready to learn.”
  • “I can be a good listener.”
  • “I can listen to my teacher and my friends”
  • “I enjoy my learning.”
  • “I can concentrate and finish my work”

Notices

  • We love to have parent helpers. If you would like to help in school please talk to your child’s key teacher. You will have to be Police checked first and forms for this are at the school office.
  • Please make sure you check the notice board in the playground regularly. We often put quick notes up there for your information.  In addition, we give out a weekly newsletter.

Term 1 Overview

Welcome to Year 1

Our topic for Term 1 is Fairy Tales. In Year 1 we will read the stories of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’.

Year 1 Class Rules and Learning Partners

The children in each class have agreed some class rules. This helps them to keep their name on the ‘green’ area of the class behaviour chart (green is good!) Through good behaviour, cooperation and effort, the children can earn house points which are counted up across the whole school each week.

Growth Mindset and Learning Powers

A growth mindset thinking can result in:

  • A love of learning and self-improvement
  • Wanting to be challenged
  • A willingness to work
  • A willingness to apply effort and practice
  • Learning from mistakes and efforts
  • Being self-motivated

Our whole school learning power for the autumn term is Engagement and our character that represents that learning behaviour is the wide-eyed owl, called Barney,

Home Learning books

We will send home a book next week which we would like your child to cover with their favourite pictures, wrapping paper or photos. Please make sure the book is clearly labelled with their name too.

Home Learning Grid

At the beginning of each term we will send home a home learning grid in your child’s home learning book. Please choose an activity from the grid to complete with your child each week.

PE kit

  • Please could we have PE kit in school at all times.
  • All PE items should be clearly named.
  • No jewellery to be worn.
  • If ear studs cannot be removed they will be taped.
  • Bare in mind school uniform on PE days e.g. pinafores and tights!
  • PE sessions will take place twice a week.

Phonics Screening

  • In June the children will undertake a phonic screening
  • The phonic screen tests the children’s knowledge of segmenting and blending.
  • They will be shown 40 real and nonsense words and be asked to read them.
  • For the past three years the pass mark has been 32 out of 40.
  • We will hold another meeting in January and in May regarding the Phonic Screening
  • phonicsplay.co.uk

Helping in the classroom

  • Please let us know if you would like to come in to help in the classroom.
  • You may be asked to work with small groups, listen to readers or help with classroom preparation. Whatever it is we would be very grateful!
  • You will need to be DBS checked before you can start. Please ask at the office for a form. You will need a DBS if you hope to join us on a school trip too.

Term 2 Overview

Our topic for Term 2 is:

During this term, we will be learning about different celebrations including Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Christingle and The Christmas story. We will finish the term with our Christmas show.

In English the children will be learning to write poetry, stories and the Christmas Story, as well as continuing with our Phase 5 phonics and guided reading.  Please try to read with your child every day and remember to sign their reading diary, so that we know they are reading regularly at home.

In Science the children will be looking at seasonal changes and weather, with a focus on the change from Autumn to Winter. We will also look at materials and their properties. This links to our D&T work.

Important dates
Christmas decorations day and FROG disco 1st December
Year 1/2 Christmas show Tues 7th December 9.30 am and Thursday 9th December 2.00 pm
Christmas Lunch Wednesday 13th December
Christmas Party Day Tuesday 19th December
End of Term 2 Wednesday 20th December

Year 1 Class Rules and Learning Partners

The children in each class have agreed some class rules. This helps them to keep their name on the ‘green’ area of the class behaviour chart (green is good!) Through good behaviour, cooperation and effort, the children can earn house points which are counted up across the whole school each week.

Growth Mindset and Learning Powers

A growth mindset thinking can result in:

  • A love of learning and self-improvement
  • Wanting to be challenged
  • A willingness to work
  • A willingness to apply effort and practice
  • Learning from mistakes and efforts
  • Being self-motivated

Our whole school learning power for the autumn term is Engagement and our character that represents that learning behaviour is the wide-eyed owl, called Barney,

Home Learning books

We will send home a book next week which we would like your child to cover with their favourite pictures, wrapping paper or photos. Please make sure the book is clearly labelled with their name too.

Home Learning Grid

At the beginning of each term we will send home a home learning grid in your child’s home learning book. Please choose an activity from the grid to complete with your child each week.

PE kit

  • Please could we have PE kit in school at all times.
  • All PE items should be clearly named.
  • No jewellery to be worn.
  • If ear studs cannot be removed they will be taped.
  • Bare in mind school uniform on PE days e.g. pinafores and tights!
  • PE sessions will take place twice a week.

Phonics Screening

  • In June the children will undertake a phonic screening
  • The phonic screen tests the children’s knowledge of segmenting and blending.
  • They will be shown 40 real and nonsense words and be asked to read them.
  • For the past three years the pass mark has been 32 out of 40.
  • We will hold another meeting in January and in May regarding the Phonic Screening
  • phonicsplay.co.uk

Helping in the classroom

  • Please let us know if you would like to come in to help in the classroom.
  • You may be asked to work with small groups, listen to readers or help with classroom preparation. Whatever it is we would be very grateful!
  • You will need to be DBS checked before you can start. Please ask at the office for a form. You will need a DBS if you hope to join us on a school trip too.

Term 6 Overview

Following 6 years and 5 terms of success, you have reached your last term at Grovelands Primary School! Exciting things await you all next year and beyond and we hope that you will take some long-lasting memories with you on your journey through life.

In this term at Grovelands, we hope that you will make some fabulous memories; memories of camp – that activity that you never thought you could achieve – or perhaps memories of the show or the leavers’ disco.

Please make sure that you are continuing to learn the songs for the show and your lines too if you have a speaking part! We are hoping that our performance of ‘Madagascar’ will be as spectacular as possible. Tickets for the show will come out closer to the time; please invite your family to come and see it!

Our residential at Blackland Farm is next week! Please make sure that you pack everything you need – only old clothes are necessary – ones that you don’t mind getting ruined! Please don’t bring mobile phones, electronic games or sweets!

If you are staying at school next week then you have some exciting things to look forward to as well, including some art activities and a trip to Drusillas!

You also have the leavers’ disco to look forward to. The theme for the disco is ‘Movies’ so please dress up as your favourite film star or character or simply come looking glam!

We hope that you will enjoy your last term and that when you leave us, you will be excited to start at secondary school. We will miss you but wish you all the very best for your futures. Remember that you are very welcome to pop back and visit us; we do love to hear about how you’re getting on!