Class information

Class information for the autumn term

Welcome to the Early Years at Heathcoat Primary School. We are a team made up of Nursery, Reception and Year One.  We work very closely together and strive to develop each child’s potential through learning that challenges children and encourages them to develop into independent, motivated learners and thinkers, within a stimulating, happy and secure environment.

Our Nursery and two reception classes follow the Foundation stage curriculum (EYFS), which is based on seven areas of learning, consisting of: Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development; Communication and Language; Literacy; Mathematics; Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

The children learn through play with a combination of child initiated and teacher led learning opportunities both indoors and in our outdoor area.

Learning opportunities are planned through topics, which include activities and learning that span all curriculum areas.  Children’s current interests and views are always considered when planning topics, so that they can shape their own learning.

Phonics and Mathematics is taught daily through practical, hands on activities, ensuring children gain essential skills and a solid understanding necessary in order for them to succeed when they move on to year one and the National Curriculum.

We fully understand and value the different ways children learn and reflect this in how we teach, organise our learning environment and support individual children and groups of children. Within the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage they identify three “Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning”; these characteristics encompass children from birth to the end of the reception year and children will demonstrate them in different ways depending on the developmental level of the child.

Each child’s progress is carefully monitored, where we regularly observe the children during play and adult directed activities to assess their stage of development and in order to plan for the next steps in their learning and ensure all children reach their full potential.

The EYFS curriculum is based on a number of documents which identify areas of learning and development that cover children from birth up to five years of age:

http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eyfs-profile-exemplication-materials

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335504/EYFS_framework_from_1_September_2014__with_clarification_note.pdf

As children progress and move to Year One, they enter Key stage 1 and begin the National Curriculum.

The curriculum comprises of nine subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Technology (including information and communication technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education. Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education (PSHE), Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are taught in addition to the above subjects.

Children are immersed in a creative curriculum, where subjects are taught cross curricular through exciting topic work.  They are encouraged and taught to become inquisitive learners, posing questions about what they would like to discover and learn.

Year one children are encouraged to use discussion and paired work to enable the children to clarify ideas and talk about their learning.

Classrooms are organised so that children have all the apparatus and materials they need readily to hand, and learn to make choices independently of the teacher.  At times a group of children will work under the direction of the teacher and at other times they will be given ‘tracker’ tasks (activities that cover all aspects of the curriculum) to complete with only the minimum of help.

Phonics and Mathematics is taught daily.  Phonics is taught through a programme known as ‘Spell it’.  This equips the children with a secure phonics knowledge which enables the children to confidently apply to their reading and writing.

Year 1 are taught mathematics using the ‘Maths No Problem’ programme.  This provides children with a hand’s on approach to maths, with an emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing children to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.  Teachers carefully scaffold core competencies of: visualisation, as a platform for comprehension, mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities and pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.

Importantly, throughout the Early Years we foster strong links between home and school, encouraging parents to tell us about children’s achievements outside of school using ‘WOW slips’ and daily communication, so that we can share in their achievements. During the academic year we hold workshops and Parent meetings to keep Parents informed of teaching strategies and ways in which you can support your child at home.

As a school we have an open door policy where we always encourage parents to speak with us regarding your child’s learning and progress. Therefore, if you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the Early Years team.

Early Years Team

Spring Term in Nursery

A warm welcome back, we hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. We would firstly like to welcome our new nursery children who have started over the past few weeks; we are really pleased with how they are settling in and hope they enjoy attending Heathcoat Nursery.
Over the spring term the children will be exploring a range of exciting new topics. Our first topic this term is ‘Toys’, the children have already begun talking about toys that they received for Christmas and sharing their own interests and experiences with the class. We have also introduced the children to a story called ‘Naughty bus’, written by Jan and Jerry Oke. The children are thoroughly enjoying the story and they will be given lots of opportunities over the coming weeks to immerse themselves in the story and retell it using small world play and props.
Following this we will be learning about ‘Transport’, finding out different ways of travelling and discussing places they would like to go. The children will be encouraged to recreate familiar and new journeys through role play activities, where they may become a pilot, racing car driver or bus driver to name a few, taking their passengers on an imaginative adventure. The children will also be exploring Non-fiction books and learning a range of transport songs and rhymes, which we hope they will share with you at home.
During the second half of the term we will be sharing a range of traditional stories such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The children will listen to the stories becoming familiar with the characters and story language. We will be encouraging the children to retell the stories using our puppets and puppet theatre. They will be encouraged to talk about the characters and give their opinions on them, sharing preferences and interests. The children will develop their drawing and painting skills by creating pictures of the characters using a range of media, such as paint, pastels, chalks and pencils.

The Final topic this term will be Easter and spring, where we will discuss the children’s own experiences of Easter and what it means to them. We will begin to explore spring, noticing changes to our environment, such as new leaves and plants growing and discuss new life such as baby animals and chicks. The spring term will end with an ‘eggciting’ Easter egg hunt around the school grounds.

If you would like any further information about the learning in nursery please do not hesitate to speak with a member of nursery staff.

Miss Neale, Miss Hughes, Mrs Butler and Miss Dawe.

Spring Term in Reception

In reception, the topics we will be covering this term are: Space, Chinese New Year, Growing, Traditional Tales and Easter.
Our first topic ‘Space’ will explore what we think life in space is like and will develop the children’s understanding outside of their community. We will be looking at the order of the planets, key space facts and finding out about important people who have travelled to space. The children will be using Google Earth to find England and Tiverton. We have recently ‘adopted’ a class alien, who unexpectedly crash landed in the children’s classroom! The alien is really keen to find out about how we live on planet Earth, so we will be keeping a class diary which the children will have the opportunity to take home and write about themselves and what they do outside of school.
Our next topic, ‘Chinese New Year’ will explore the Chinese celebration and find out about why the years are named after animals. The children will make Chinese lanterns and taste a range of Chinese food. Finally they will listen to Chinese music and watch clips of how people celebrate Chinese New Year.
In the second half of this term we will be investigating how things grow, children will grow sunflowers to help them understand what is needed for a plant to grow and how to take care of it. Following this the children will develop their imagination and language skills to re tell a range of ‘Traditional Tales’ where we hope to inspire their story writing. In PSHE we will explore the values behind the stories.
Our final topic this term will be ‘Easter’, where the children will explore the Easter Story and the celebration of Easter.

Phonics and mathematics will be taught daily as well as activities and resources readily available for the children to access throughout the day independently and supported by an adult.

Phonics is taught using the phonics programme ‘Fast phonics’.  During the autumn term, the children will learn phase 2 letters sounds, oral blending and segmenting skills.  There will be a phonics workshop for parents during the term and the children will bring home a reading book and phonics pack following the workshop.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s class teacher or Miss Neale.

Miss Daniel, Mrs Bard and Miss Ezell.

Spring Term in Year 1

In topic this half term the children will be learning all about materials. The children will handle and explore a variety of materials, using language to describe their properties. Over the course of the topic, the children will learn to distinguish between the object, the material from which it is made, and the physical properties. We will also explore how different materials are manufactured and processed, such as glass and wool. As part of the topic we will conduct a science investigation into the strength of a range of materials. Our text in English is the Three Little Pigs, which links to our materials topic. The children will use the repeated pattern of the traditional tale to rewrite the story and write a character description for the Big Bad Wolf.

As we approach Pancake Day, the children will explore Shrove Tuesday and its significance to Christians. To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the children will make pancakes. In English, the children will learn about imperative verbs (commands), using them to write instructions for making their delicious pancakes.

As part of the maths curriculum, we will follow the Maths No Problem programme. During the spring term, we will develop our understanding of strategies for addition and subtraction within twenty, including bridging ten. The children will learn about length and height, and explore measuring a variety of classroom objects. At the end of this half term, the children will revise what they have learned so far in Year 1, before progressing with the maths programme.

If you would like further information about the learning this term please speak to Mr Pitt, Mrs Addy or Mrs Bowkett.

Welcome to Middle Years of Heathcoat Primary School which consists of Year 2 and Year 3. We are a new team and will be working together closely to help the children transition from Year 2 into Year 3 (Key Stage 2).

The children will learn through both a creative curriculum linking topic work in subjects such as Geography, History and Science together with English. Linking these subjects together with a common theme really helps the children to engage with their learning. We start each new topic by finding out what the children already know and what they want to know therefore not only teaching them what they need to learn but also what interests them. Other subjects will be taught in discrete sessions. These include ‘Spell It’ and PSHE.

The children are taught the National Curriculum.  The curriculum comprises of nine subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Technology (including information and communication technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.

Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education (PSHE), Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are taught in addition to the above subjects.

Within classrooms children have access to various resources to aid their learning. These can be practical resources or written ones including equipment for maths and word banks to help with spelling and ideas. The children have open access to these and use what they feel will help them.

Children will sometimes work in a group and be support by an adult or teaching assistant or they will work independently. By working in this way we can help move the children on and extend their learning but also help them to challenge themselves when working by independently.

Children are taught BLP skills (Building Learning Power) and to support your child at home, parents should be aware that learning is not just about getting things ‘right’ every time. A lot of maths, for example, involves problem solving which is not a quick or easy exercise. As such, children need to build up resilience and persist in tackling a task in a variety of different ways. Parents can support this by encouraging mistakes that are made, viewing errors as part of the normal learning process rather than a negative experience. This kind of approach will help to develop your child’s growth mindset – so that they are more willing to take risks, make mistakes, and most importantly to learn from them.

We would also encourage you to bear these skills in mind when children attempt and achieve things out of school. ‘WOW’ slip can be found at the main office and you can share their successes with the school.

As a school we have an open door policy and always encourage parents to speak with us regarding your child’s learning and progress. Therefore, if you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or myself as Middle Years Team Leader.

You can help your child/children at home by reading with them as much as possible. This does not always have to be their school reading book but can also be you reading to them, listening to audio books or making up their own stories using a picture book. This will help to widen their vocabulary and hear the language of story. Also practising times tables and number bond activities will hugely help their number skills. (Year 2- 2’s, 5’s and 10’s; Year 3- (2’s, 5’s, 10’s) 3’s, 4’s and 8’s).

Miss Pearson

Autumn term in Year 2

In Year Two, our first topic will be Animals, Habitats and Food Chains, with a mini focus on Night Time and Nocturnal Animals. Throughout these topics, children will learn all about the different animal groups, and will also find out how animals have adapted to live in their environments.

After half term, the children will learn all about The Gunpowder Plot, a key event in British history. They will write their own recount of this event. The main topic for the second part of the Autumn Term is Dinosaurs, in which children will create their own dinosaur fact files. The term ends with a study of Christmas in Victorian Britain.

As you can see, the Autumn Term in Year Two is full of exciting and interesting learning! If you have any questions or concerns, then please come to speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance, and then to your team leader, Miss Pearson, if you require further support.

Learning in Year 3 during the autumn term

In Year 3 this term, our main topic will be ‘Ancient Egypt’. We are very much looking forward to learning all about the subject and are planning an Ancient Egyptian workshop! The topic will also involve lots of art work and links to English.

After half term we will be finishing this topic and linking it to our science topic of ‘Rocks and Soils’. The children will look at and handle different rock samples, think about their characteristics and find out about how they are formed.

We should then be moving on to ‘Hinduism’ before looking at The Christmas Story.

The Maths curriculum continues to be supported the new ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme of work. It is also important that the children are practising their times tables (2, 5, 10 moving on to 3 and 4’s) and quick mental calculations such as number bonds and partitioning numbers in different ways.

If you would like any further information about the learning please speak to Miss Pearson or Mr Simm.

Welcome to the Upper Years at Heathcoat Primary School which consists of year 4, year 5 and year 6.  We work closely together and strive to develop each child’s potential through academic lessons and extra-curricular activities. Creating a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment is very important to us, and through this we provide learning opportunities that challenge and extend children, encouraging them to deepen their understanding. Children are taught how to be more independent in their learning, in order to create more motivated and excited learners.  We work hard to ensure consistency in our teaching, moderation and assessment.

The children are taught the National Curriculum.  The curriculum comprises of nine subjects; English, Mathematics, Science, Technology (including information and communication technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art, Music and Physical Education.

Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education (PSHE), Religious Education and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) are taught in addition to the above subjects.

Children are immersed in a creative curriculum, where learning opportunities are planned through topics, which include activities and learning that span all curriculum areas.  Children’s current interests and views are considered when planning and teaching topics, so that they can be active and engaged learners, helping to shape their own development. Children are encouraged and taught to become inquisitive learners, posing questions about what they would like to discover and learn. Children are encouraged to use discussion in paired work to enable them to clarify ideas and talk about their learning; work collaboratively in small groups and develop their ability to work as part of a team; work as part of a large whole class as well as individually and independently. Children are sometimes able to work across classes, within year groups, as well as working with different people with in their class.

Classrooms are organised so that children have access to resources that will support them.  At times, a group of children will work under the direction of the teacher as part of a guided group and at other times they will be given independent or paired tasks to complete.

Reading, English Writing and Mathematics are taught daily.  Spelling and grammar is taught regularly each week via our ‘No Nonsense’ spelling and grammar programme. Children are taught the statutory words on the year 3 – 6 spelling lists and also taught spelling rules.

Maths is taught using the ‘Maths No Problem’ programme.  This provides children with a hand’s on approach to maths, with an emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing children to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.  Teachers carefully scaffold core competencies of: visualisation, as a platform for comprehension, mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities and pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.

Guided reading takes place daily and children will either be working with a teacher as part of a small group, reading independently or working on questions relating to their book.

Upper years are very keen to foster and strengthen the already strong links that have been made in previous years, between home and school. We encourage parents to tell us about children’s achievements outside of school using ‘WOW slips’ so that we can share in the achievements of each child. These may be celebrated in our weekly celebration assembly. During the academic year, parents are invited in to watch their child in their class assembly. We hold workshops, parent days and parent meetings to keep parents informed of the teaching and learning requirements and to enhance communication between home and school.

Children are taught BLP skills (Building Learning Power) and to support your child at home, parents should be aware that learning is not just about getting things ‘right’ every time. A lot of maths, for example, involves problem solving which is not a quick or easy exercise. As such, children need to build up resilience and persist in tackling a task in a variety of different ways. Parents can support this by encouraging mistakes that are made, viewing errors as part of the normal learning process rather than a negative experience. This kind of approach will help to develop your child’s growth mindset – so that they are more willing to take risks, make mistakes, and most importantly to learn from them.

As a school we have an open door policy and always encourage parents to speak with us regarding your child’s learning and progress. Therefore, if you have any questions or concern, please do not hesitate to speak with a member of the Upper Years team.

Learning in Year 4 during the autumn term

In the autumn term, Year 4 will begin with a Science topic, learning about solids, liquids and gases, and carrying out experiments to explore melting and freezing.

Children will then move onto exploring the history of Britain from the Stone Age, through to the Iron Age. The pupils will gain an insight into what life was like during these periods of history, and what changed throughout the ages and the trip to Kent’s Cavern will support this learning and provide a real-life experience of a Prehistoric cave.

In English, Year 4 will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children will also study a range of poetry, leading to them writing their own poems using literary features such as similes. Leon and the Place Between is a beautifully illustrated book, this work will be used to inspire a variety of creative and imaginative stories that follow the same story pattern. Children will also be writing letters based on examples from a book called Dr K Fisher.

As well as swimming lessons throughout the autumn term, PE will also include invasion game skills and gymnastics.

Maths No Problem will continue throughout the year and the first term will focus on place value up to 10,000 and the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We are looking forward to an exciting autumn term full of new learning opportunities. If you would like further information please speak to Mrs Emanuel or Mrs Cornish.

Year 5 Autumn Term Overview

This term, Year 5 will be learning about South America. We will look at the different countries and geographical features on this beautiful continent including focussing on the Amazon rainforest and river, the wildlife and people found there. We will also be linking our science topic of lifecycles and our English texts to South America. In Art the children will learn about the Brazilian artist: Romero Britto and also create a 3-D map of South America. Within ICT lessons, the children will develop a ‘South American’ themed game using Scratch software. We also hope to make a visit to the Eden Project and Rainforest biome to experience this wonderful habitat.

After half term we continue to find out about South America, looking closely at the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro and its colourful carnival, sites and culture. Through this the children will learn to play some Samba music, dance and make Samba masks.

During the last 4 weeks of the autumn term we will undertake a DT project all about biscuits!! The children will take part in market research, before designing, and making their own biscuits. They will also create the packaging, advertising and jingle to go with their biscuit and will pitch it to a panel of judges.

In Maths, the children will continue to use the Maths No Problem scheme, focussing firstly on place value up to 1 million, and then they will move onto looking at addition and subtraction. After half term, the children will focus in a greater depth on multiplication and division, worded problems and graphs. Their homework in maths this year will support children’s knowledge of their times tables.

In PE, the children will be developing their aesthetic skills in gymnastics working with a partner or small groups to create an 8-10 sequence of movements. They will also improve their skill in net and wall games.

In RE, the children will learn about religious leaders and books through the faiths of Christianity and Islam.

If you would like any further information please speak to Mr Ferdinando or Mrs Soper.

Learning in Year 6 during the autumn term

The topic in year 6 this term is World War 2. Children will consider many different aspects of life during WW2, will write from the perspective of an evacuee, investigate the impact of rationing and will be tasting recipes from the era.  The pupils will learn about the music, clothing and dance from that time, as well as imagining what life would have been like during air raids.

Just before half term, children will be going on the action-packed and very exciting residential trip to Widemouth Bay, where they will participate in activities such as abseiling, kayaking, surfing and coastal traversing. This trip provides fabulous experiences in a beautiful area of North Devon, allowing the children to develop their confidence and team building skills as well as using their adventures as a starting point for many other areas of learning when they are back in the classroom. We can’t wait to hear more about how they get on.

Mrs Evans will be teaching whole class music, focusing on the music of World War.

Miss Wheatley will be teaching whole class ICT, ensuring that children are taught about internet safety at the beginning of each unit as well as other topics such as coding, gaming, programming and networking.

As always, PSHE (including the NSPCC PANTS rule) will be taught to all pupils and children will regularly discuss what is happening in the news in our local community as well as the global community.

If you would like further information please speak to Mr Payne or Mr Hudson.