Class information for the autumn term
Welcome to the Early Years at Heathcoat Primary School. We are a team made up of Nursery and Reception. 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:
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 ‘Rising Stars’ 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
Learning in the Autumn Term in Nursery
Our first topic this term will be ‘nursery rhymes’. The children will have the opportunity to learn a range of nursery rhymes, developing an enjoyment of rhyme and talking about which one is their favourite. We will explore rhyme and rhythm, where the children will join in and finish familiar rhymes. The children will be identifying rhyming words in songs and stories and beginning to think of words that rhyme, creating our own rhymes. The children will learn to recite and count through number songs, exploring numbers to 5 and then 10. They will try to solve practical number problems using the language of more/less, for example by using role play to recreate the song ‘5 current buns’ and posing questions to the children ‘there is one less, how many buns do we have in the baker’s shop?’
Following this we will be learning the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ where the children will listen and become familiar with the story and learn to retell the story in a variety of ways, such as using puppets, sequencing story cards and recreating the story through role play. We will discuss the story, identify the characters, setting, story line and what might happen next, allowing children to share their own ideas and opinions.
Our next topic will be Bears, where the children will be invited to a teddy bears picnic. They will follow instructions of how to make a sandwich for the picnic and learn a range of songs. We will read and act out stories about bears including ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.
In mathematics we will learn about size. Through the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the children will compare the size of the three bears, using language such as ‘big’, ‘biggest’, ‘small’ and ‘smallest’. We will look at the bear’s bowls, chairs and beds and match them to the correct bear. We will encourage the children to explore a range of mark making tools to explore making shapes, lines and simple pictures of themselves and others. We will model and encourage the children to mark make through role play activities, giving meaning to their marks, such as; writing a shopping list.
Finally, we will learn about ‘Christmas’, we will talk about family traditions and how Christmas is celebrated, noticing similarities and differences between each other. We will learn a range of nativity songs and perform them in front of an audience at our Early Years Nativity. The children will learn the ‘Christmas story’ and retell it through the Christmas nativity play, role play and small world play.
There will be the opportunity for the children to make and write a Christmas card for their family and ‘mark make’ in the role play area, writing Christmas lists and cards to their friends. The Autumn term will end with a Christmas party, and a very special visit from Father Christmas.
If you would like any further information about the learning in nursery please do not hesitate to speak with a member of nursery staff.
Mrs Pickford, Miss Hughes, Mrs Butler and Mrs Perry.
Learning in the Autumn Term in Reception
The topics we will be covering this term are: What makes me special?, Autumn, Fireworks, The world around us and Christmas.
Our first topic ‘What makes us special?’ will explore what makes us unique as well as developing a greater understanding of the people and things that are special to us. We will be sharing a range of stories and photographs of ourselves and our family, encouraging the children to speak aloud and share their own photographs with the class. We will also be talking about our pets and sharing photos of them. The children will have the opportunity to create artwork based on ourselves and our families using a range of medium. Through circle time and topic work we will begin to understand and learn that there are similarities and differences between each and every one of us and celebrate how special we are. The children will be learning a song all about being special.
Our next topic, we will be investigating the season, ‘Autumn’, where the children will explore the local environment, observing and noticing changes to the plants and trees. We will be doing lots of outdoor activities allowing the children to become hands on, collecting autumn objects, getting up close to the trees and wildlife and learning about the life cycle of a tree. Throughout the topic the children will participate in art activities, learning about colours, textures and shape. During this topic we will also be talking about our own experiences of fireworks and ‘Bonfire night’. Sharing family traditions and using descriptive language to describe fireworks.
In the second half of this term we will explore ‘The world around us’, where the children will begin to investigate about similarities and differences in relation to places. They will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and then compare with a very different part of the world. We will begin to look at a Globe and maps of the world to develop the idea of different geographies. We will also look at stories, songs, dance and ways of life from around the world. This will then lead into celebrating Christmas around the world and how this can be different depending on where we live.
Our final topic will be ‘Christmas’. We will learn the Christmas story and find out how different people celebrate Christmas. The children will use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations, recreating their own experiences of Christmas. There will be lots of opportunities to apply their new phonic knowledge, writing a letter to Father Christmas and Christmas cards to our family. Finally we will learn a range of new songs for the Christmas nativity play and the children will perform the play in front of the school and parents. This will bring us to the end of a very busy and exiting first term at Heathcoat Primary School.
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 ‘Read, Write, Inc’. Children are assessed regularly and teaching meets the needs of all pupils.
Mathematics will be taught in a very practical way and the children will be using a variety of equipment to help them solve ‘real’ problems. In the Autumn term we will be concentrating our learning around numbers to 5 and then 10. The children will investigate numbers from 0-10 in many different ways and will be encouraged to explain their ideas and way of thinking. In practical activities and discussion, they will also begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting. We will also begin to use mathematical names for ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes. The children will begin to use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models. At the end of the term we will also have begun to use everyday language related to money.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Pickford.
Miss Daniel, Mrs Bard and Mrs Gunn.
Welcome to Key Stage One of Heathcoat Primary School which consists of Year 1 and Year 2. We 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) and Religious Education 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.
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 KS1 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).
Learning in the Autumn Term in Year 1
The first topic this term is ‘My Body’. We will focus on naming the different parts of the face and body and the children will look at abstract portraits by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol before creating their own abstract faces. The children will look at x-rays and learn the names of the bones. The children will then learn about the five senses. They will explore the sense of taste by tasting a selection of food as part of an investigation. They will explore the sense of sight and how Louis Braille created the Braille alphabet to help blind people to read.
Our first text in English is an information book about the human body and will link to the science topic. The children will learn about the features of non-fiction texts, such as a contents page, a glossary and labelled diagrams to give information.
As part of the mathematics curriculum, we will be counting forwards and backwards in ones and solving addition and subtraction problems. We will also be identifying and naming 2D and 3D shapes.
As part of our focus on British values, we will celebrate International Democracy Day by holding a class election to choose the class representatives for the school council.
During the second half of the term we learn about the Gunpowder plot and why Bonfire Night is celebrated in Britain. We will produce some wonderful splatter paintings of bonfires and fireworks. As part of the Autumn season, we will use our senses on an autumn walk to describe autumn as a season. In English, we will use our descriptive language to create an autumn poem using noun phrases, and we will read our poems to the class.
If you would like further information about the learning this term please speak to Mr Pitt, Mrs Addy or Mrs Bowkett.
Learning in the Autumn term in Year 2
In Year 2, children’s first topic is Animals and Adaptation. Throughout this topic, children will learn all about the different animal groups, where certain animals live, and 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 All around the world, which is about the main continents and oceans of the world. Children will compare a beach town in England to a beach town in Australia. The term ends with a study of Christmas in Victorian Britain.
The children will be learning how to create texture and tone in art lessons, and learn how to use the keyboard and mouse effectively in ICT lessons. The RE Topic in the first half of term is ‘Who is a Muslim and how do they live?’ followed by ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’
Teachers will be using the Real PE scheme for PE teaching and learning. PE will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday in year 2. Please ensure that PE kit is in school, named and is washed regularly. Children must have suitable footwear for PE such as plimsolls or trainers.
In Music the children will begin by focusing on duration, and during the second half of the term, the children in years 2 and 3 will be working on their Christmas show, “Shine Star Shine”.
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 and speak to Miss Davis or Miss Pearson in the first instance, and then to your team leader Mrs Budden, if you require further support.
Welcome to Key Stage Two at Heathcoat Primary School which consists of year 3, 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.
Mathematics is taught using the ‘Rising Stars’ 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.
KS2 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.
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 KS2 team.
Learning in the Autumn term in Year 3
In year 3 the topic for this term is Ancient Egypt, including Egyptian Geography. The children will be considering how we know so much about the Ancient Egyptians. They will look at artefacts, jewellery and life- after- death (mummification). They will also write their own instructions for mummification. The children will look at the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by Howard Carter. After half term they will learn more about pyramids; how they were built and decorated, including hieroglyphics and paintings. The children will use maps and atlases to find where Egypt is in the world, learn about its capital city and other main cities and discover facts about the River Nile. In Art lessons the children will create Egyptian style pieces of artwork including collars and death masks. They will use a variety of media to produce these.
In RE they will consider What do Christians learn from the Creation story? and What is it like for someone to follow God? They will consider how wonderful the world is around them, including natural and man-made wonders.
In PSHE, the children are taught the PANTS rule as well as considering how to keep themselves safe, both in the real world and the online world.
In ICT sessions the children will learn to plan, create, program and run a short animation and in music, during the second half of the term, the children in years 2 and 3 will be working on their Christmas show, “Shine Star Shine”.
PE will take place on a Monday and Friday in year 3. Please ensure that PE kit is in school, named and is washed regularly. Children must have suitable footwear for PE such as plimsolls or trainers.
If you would like any further information about the learning please speak to Mr Payne, Mrs Emanuel or Mrs Evans.
Learning in Year 4 in the Autumn term
The children will investigate many aspects of life for people living in Britain during the Stone Age to the Iron Age, including the change from hunting and gathering to farming. A trip to Kent’s Cavern will help to inspire and engage the children and consolidate the learning that has taken place in the classroom.
A variety of poetry and stories, such as ‘Winter’s Child’ and ‘Gregory Cool’ will be studied, and be used to inspire the children to write their own creative versions in a similar style.
Children will be swimming and using our new REAL PE scheme to develop and build on the skills that will equip them to work collaboratively and develop their own personal bests across a broad range of skills. This will enable them to take part and be successful across a range of sporting activities.
If you would like further information please speak to Miss Kneller or Mr Watson.
Learning in Year 5 in the Autumn term
During the first half of term will be ‘The Biscuit Project’ – something that the children always get excited about. They will research, design and make their own biscuits, considering packaging, advertising and jingles, before they pitch their designs to a panel of judges. It’s a bit like ‘The Apprentice’, but nobody gets fired!
In PE, the children will be introduced to a new unique child-centred approach, developing six key abilities (Health & Fitness, Social, Personal, Cognitive, Creative and Physical) needed to be successful within PE and sport across the curriculum.
In RE, the children will learn through the key question ’Why do Christians think God is holy and loving’.
They will learn about South America, focusing on the Amazon rainforest and river, the wildlife and people found there. They will also study Rio de Janeiro and the carnival. This topic will inspire some super art based on the Brazilian artist Romero Britto. Within ICT lessons, the children will develop a South American themed game using Scratch software. The children will also learn to play some Samba music, make some Samba masks and learn some Samba dance moves.
If you would like any further information please speak to Mr Ferdinando or Mrs Soper.
Learning in Year 6 in the Autumn term
Children have already started the exciting topic of WW2. We’ll focus our learning around key dates and events of WW2 and have opportunities to explore real artefacts. They will also learn about the music, clothing and dance from that time, as well as imagining what life would have been like during air raids.
This will lead into Science during the second half of the term where light and electricity will be taught. There will be lots of links with WW2 throughout the year with texts in Guided Reading and word problems in Maths!
PE will be on a Monday and Friday where we continue with developing key skills and apply these to games.
RE is being taught this term by Mrs Budden and ICT by Mrs Holman, during this time children will also be building upon their previous learning in French. .
If you would like further information please speak to Mrs Firth, Mrs Johnson and Miss Courtenay.