Cherry Tree Class 2023 - 2024
Welcome to Cherry Tree Class
Reception and Year 1
Class Teacher: Mrs Jevons
At St Luke's Catholic Primary School, we use Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised scheme. This is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and preparing children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check. Following guidance from this scheme, we teach daily 20 minute phonic sessions as a whole class, with the opportunity for children to attend 'keep up' sessions if they are not secure during the lesson. Reading practice sessions are linked with the phonics scheme and are delivered 3 times a week in small groups.
Please visit our dedicated Phonics page for further details about this scheme.
Our focus text for this half term is Nibbles The Book Monster. Using our key text, the children in Year 1 will work towards writing an adventure story based on the structure of 'Lost and Found' with a new animal and the children in Reception will Throughout the unit, children will work towards mastery the Mastery Keys outlined below.
Mastery Keys (Reception)
Use some of their print and letter knowledge in their early writing
Spell words by identifying the sounds and then writing the sound with letter/s
Form lower-case letters correctly
Re read what they have written to check that it makes sense
Mastery Keys (Year 1)
Join words using and
Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop
Use capital letters for the names of people
Sequence sentences to form short narratives
Spell words containing phonemes already taught
Use plural noun sufixes
Combine words to make sentences
Leave spaces between words
Begin to use capital letters and full stops
Use capital letters for names of people and the personal pronoun 'I'
During this half term, children in Reception will practise their counting to and recognition of numbers to 5.
Children in Year 1 will revise their numbers to 10 and how to use a part-whole model for numbers within 10.
Science/ Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Our topic for this half term is Everyday Materials. Throughout this unit, children will practise using a variety of scientific skills to help them learn:
-That objects can be made from different materials
-That materials have different properties
-How to recognise what material different things are made from
History/ Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Throughout this term, Reception will explore the question: 'My Life, My History?' Children will begin learning about the concept of time and how to sequence 3 familiar events. For example: 'I eat breakfast in the morning, come to school, go home and go to bed.'
Year 1 will be answering the question 'How has my school changed?' Whilst learning and practising a variety of historical skills, children will learn:
-That a timeline shows events in order
-Our school has been here for 40 years
-In the past, classrooms looked different
Geography/ Knowledge and Understanding of the World
During this term, Reception will be 'Exploring our school' and Year 1 will be answering the question 'What is it like here?'
Children will have the opportunity to explore the school grounds and local area whilst practising their map drawing skills and learning how to use and create their own keys.
This half term, we will explore the skill of making a functioning turbine and axles. Throughout this topic, children will design and make a stable structure.
Music sessions will be delivered by Junior Jam.
For this half term's computing, we will be joined by Junior Jam.
Our P.E. days for this half term are Monday and Thursday. Children should come to school in their kit. All kit must be clearly labelled, and appropriate footwear must be worn. Jewellery, including earrings, must not be worn during P.E. days. School hoodies and jogging bottoms can be purchased online with school uniform.
At St Luke's, RHE is taught using a scheme created by 'Ten:Ten'. Our first topic is Created and Loved by God. Rooted in the teaching that we are made in the image and likeness of God, it helps children to develop an understanding of the importance of valuing themselves as the basis for personal relationships. We will also be using MyHappyMind to help the children learn about emotions and how to self-regulate.
Please see below for our long term overviews.
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