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

Learning in the Summer Term in Nursery

 

A warm welcome back, we hope you have all had an enjoyable Easter. We would firstly like to welcome our new nursery children who have started over the past few weeks; they are settling in really well and we hope they enjoy attending Heathcoat Nursery.
The topics we will be covering during the summer term are: People Who Help Us, Mini-beasts, Traditional stories; The Elves and the Shoemaker / Little Red Riding Hood and finally Healthy Living.
We have already begun our first topic ‘people who help us’, where the children have been finding out about the role of doctors and nurses, through stories, pictures and role play. They have really enjoyed playing in our role play hospital, where they have been looking after our dollies and making them feel better. We have also been talking about our bodies and have looked at a model skeleton. The children have been noticing the different parts of the skeleton and beginning to name them. We have shared the story ‘Funny bones’, learnt a skeleton song and painted skeleton pictures using black paper and white paint. We will also be looking at the role of firefighters and meeting a ‘real’ firefighter who will be coming into nursery to talk to the children about how they help others.
Next we will be learning about ‘growing’. We will be finding out about how the children have grown and changed from being babies, to toddlers and now young children. We will then be looking at mini-beasts and the life cycle of a butterfly. The children will have the opportunity to observe real caterpillars and notice the changes as they grow and go through their own life cycle. The children will become mini-beast detectives, where they will use magnifying glasses to hunt for mini-beasts around our garden and school grounds. We will use non-fiction books to find out about the different bugs and creatures and learn to follow the mini-beast code. The children will learn the story ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and retell it using puppets and props.
After half term the children will be learning a range of traditional stories from ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ to ‘Little Red Riding hood’. The children will be able to follow these stories in a variety of ways; for example with puppets, sequencing cards and story books. They will start to retell the story in their own words using the same media. We will discuss these stories including who the characters are, storyline and what might happen next, giving their own views.

Our Final topic will be ‘Healthy Living’, where the children will be exploring and gaining an understanding of how to lead a healthy lifestyle through exercise, a healthy diet, sleep and good hygiene. We will try a range of healthy foods and talk about likes and dislikes. The children will be participating in daily exercise, through practising for our annual sports day. We will be encouraging the children to notice how their bodies change when they exercise (for example, their heart beats faster, feeling hot etc…). We will share stories and non-fiction books about how to stay fit and healthy.

For our nursery children who will be starting Reception in September, we will be supporting them with their transition by holding taster days, providing lots of opportunities to play and explore in the reception playground and classrooms as well as by sharing transition books and providing them with time to talk to us about the changes that will happen through circle time and throughout the day.

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.

Learning in the Summer Term in Reception

In Reception, the topics we will be covering this term are: Being Healthy, Transport, Superheroes and On the Farm.
We have already begun learning about what makes us healthy. The children have learnt that exercise, healthy food choices and personal hygiene keeps our bodies fit and healthy and enables us to grow strong. The children have sorted food into categories and discussed the importance of a balanced diet. We have looked at and tasted a range of fruit and vegetables that we may not have tried before. The children have talked about ‘out of school’ activities that they enjoy doing such as Martial Arts, swimming and cycling and recognised how this is good for their bodies. They have also been taking part in daily exercise and noticed the changes to their body when they complete physical activity.
Our second topic is ‘Transport’. We will be using non-fiction books and the internet to research a range of transport. We will discuss the different types of transport we have travelled on and the places we have visited. The children will go on a trip to the Tiverton Museum to find out about Transport from the past and notice how it has changed. We will climb aboard the ‘Tivvy Bumper’ and pretend to drive the train. Finally the children will return to school and write about their visit to the Museum and bring back some of the Museums books and models to further extend their learning.
After half term our topic will be ’Superheroes’. We will discuss; what is a superhero?’ Who is your superhero? (This may be a character from a film or book, someone that helps them or maybe a sports person they admire). Finally we will think about what super power they would like and design their own superhero.
Our final topic will be ‘On the farm’. Through this topic we will be learning about farm animals, where food comes from and the role of farmers in caring and looking after the animals. The children will pose questions that they would like to find out and research the information using books and the internet. They will also be going on a school trip to ‘The world of country life’ where the children will learn about the animals on the farm. We hope this will excite the children to find out about the animals and create their own animal fact sheets. The final piece of writing will be a recount from their visit to the world of country life.
In maths the children will be consolidating their knowledge of numbers to 20 and up to 100. They will be applying there mathematical skills to everyday practical problems within guided and their independent learning. We will also be consolidating their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes and encouraging them to describe and name the shapes.
In phonics the children will be using and applying their knowledge of phase 2 and 3 phonemes and common exception words in their writing and reading. They will also be learning phase 4 common exception words and continuing to develop their segmentation and blending skills of CCVC and CVCC words.
If you have any questions about your child’s learning, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s class teacher or Miss Neale.
Miss Daniel, Mrs Bard and Miss Ezell

 

Learning in the Summer Term in Year 1

Summer Term (1st Half) in Year 1

In the first topic this half term, the children will be learning all about animals. The children will learn the names of observable features of a variety of animals, using their phonics skills to label them on animals. The children will also learn the five classification groups (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians) and the features of the animals belonging to each group. Over the course of the topic, the children will learn to categorise animals according to what they eat, using the language of carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. As part of the topic, the children will also explore a variety of minibeasts, sorting them by their observable features and sketching an insect using their observation skills. At the end of the topic, the children will learn about the life cycles of different animals, including insects.

The second topic of this half term will focus on healthy living, whereby the children will explore different ways of leading a healthy life. As part of the learning, children will learn about healthy and unhealthy foods, ways to maintain personal hygiene, the importance of exercise, and ways to keep their minds healthy. The children will design, make and evaluate a fruit salad as part of their design and technology learning.

In English, the children will apply their science learning to write an information sheet about an animal, using their learning about the features of non-fiction writing. The children will also write instructions for washing their hands, using imperative verbs (bossy verbs) as a key feature of instruction writing. Finally, the children will read Bear’s Magic Pencil, learning the story and using its structure to plan and write their own story, using their skills and knowledge of spelling, punctuation and grammar.

As part of the maths curriculum, we will follow the Maths No Problem programme. During the summer term, we will develop our understanding of addition and subtraction within forty, including solving word problems. The children will develop an understanding of multiplication and division by exploring repeated addition, sharing and grouping. The children will be taught fractions, including halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. Finally, the children will learn to count, read and write numbers to one hundred, using their knowledge of the number system to compare and order a variety of two-digit numbers. At the end of this half term, the children will revise what they have learned so far in the term, before progressing with the maths programme.

Summer Term (2nd Half) in Year 1

The first topic of this half term will focus on geography, whereby the children will learn to locate the UK on a world map and label a map of the UK with the four countries and their flags. The children will explore aspects of life in the UK, such as the monarchy, the Prime Minister, the currency and the flag. The topic will then focus on Tiverton as a town in the UK, where the children will explore aerial maps of the town to identify key geographical features, such as the river, residential areas and the countryside. They will then learn about the importance of the high street and the variety of shops that might be found on the high street. At the end of the geography topic, the children will explore the school grounds using maps and plans.

The second topic is a short topic and will explore the different types of weather that we experience in the UK and seasons. The children will learn about where night and day comes from, and why certain changes happen in each season by using a tree in the school grounds, whose changes we have monitored throughout the four seasons this academic year.

The third topic is a science topic and will focus on trees and plants. The children will look closely at the observable features of a variety of trees and plants, sketching them and their unique leaves. They will learn about the different parts of a plant and a tree, and will explore the life cycle of an oak tree and a sunflower.

The final topic of the term focuses on religious education, and will explore what it means to be Christian and Jewish by looking at a variety of artefacts and images from each religion, such as their places of worship, their holy books and the objects that symbolise their beliefs. We hope to take the children to the local church to look at stained glass windows, with a view to making our own back at school using tissue paper.

In English, the children will read The High Street, which will link to their geography learning. While reading the text, the children will learn about the importance of using commas to separate items in a list, and they will write their own story using the features learned in English lessons. All children in Year 1 will visit Pennywell Farm during the second half of the summer term, using their experiences to write a detailed recount of their day. At the end of the term, the children will revisit and revise the spelling and grammar concepts taught throughout the year, including prefixes and suffixes added to verbs and nouns. This consolidation of core English concepts will better prepare the children for the English content in Year 2.

As part of the maths curriculum, we will follow the Maths No Problem programme. During the summer term, we will develop our understanding of time, where we will learn to tell the time to the hour and half hour. The children will explore the money used in the UK, where they will learn to recognise the values of coins and notes. The children will be taught volume and capacity, and mass as part of their work on measures. The children will also explore space, where they will describe movements and positions, including making turns clockwise and anticlockwise. At the end of the term, the children will revise what they have learned throughout Year 1.

 

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

Learning in the Summer term in Year 2

In Year 2, we will be beginning the term by learning about plants, and what they need to help them to grow healthily. They will also learn to name some common plants and will conduct a Science investigation to discover in which conditions cress will grow best. Our next topic has a Geography focus, and we will be learning about All Around the World: Tiverton, Britain and beyond. During this topic, the children will be learning geographical facts about the world, including the names of the continents and the names of some countries and capital cities. When we start this topic, we would appreciate any postcards, photos, artifacts from countries that the children have visited.

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 the Summer term in Year 3

In Year 3 we will be looking at ‘Plants’; the parts of plants and their functions, pollination and seed dispersal and we have already planned to get outside and do some gardening! Again, we will be covering a variety of topics. Towards the end of the first half of term we will continue our science work but will be looking at ‘Skeletons, Muscles and Movement’. In the second half of the summer term our topic will be ‘The Ancient Greeks’. We will teach our History and Geography work through this topic and also our English. We will look at ‘Myths and Legends’ and the children will be creating their own monsters and gods, writing about them and illustrating them. We will also explore different art techniques to hopefully replicate some ancient Greek artwork!

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 in the Summer term

In year 4 this term, the children will be studying the texts “Winter’s Child” and “The River” which will inspire them with their own literary creations. This will also support their learning of the water cycle in science. The children will also be writing a recount of their visit to the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton.
During ICT lessons the children will be looking at weather in the topic “We are Meteorologists” as well as considering how to keep themselves safe online.
In Science, children will also be learning about Animals including Humans. This involves understanding, interpreting and constructing food chains, and identifying producers, predators and prey. They will study the habitats and classification of animals and organisms.
PE sessions will be a variety of Real PE, and athletics. Children will also learn and develop their basic tennis skills.

If you would like further information please speak to Mrs Emanuel or Mrs Cornish.

Learning in Year 5 in the Summer term

In year 5 the children will be studying Islamic Civilisation from 900AD, and will be reading and writing stories linked to this topic. In Maths lessons they will continue to explore fractions and decimals before looking at percentages, geometry and measure.
In the second half of the term they will begin the Biscuit Project which will involve honing their persuasive writing skills. They will work collaboratively to plan, make and advertise their biscuits before orally presenting their work to the teachers. (Dragons Den meets The Apprentice!). They will also be studying Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.
In Science the focus will be on changes of state in the first half of the term, followed by human development. This will include how the human body changes with puberty. Internet safety, pattern making and “We are Architects” will be taught in ICT lessons.

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

Learning in Year 6 in the Summer term

In year 6 the topic for the summer term is Explorers. They will be writing chronological newspaper reports and studying the auto-biographies of famous explorers. They will also be writing instruction texts, fact-files, information pages and recounts. In English lessons children will be reading “The Tear Thief”, a beautiful story which will inspire and guide them in their own descriptive writing, and allow them to show off all the amazing writing techniques that they have learnt over the past few years.
SATs will take place in May, including assessments for children in Reading, Maths and Spelling/Grammar (SPaG). Some children will also be selected to take the Science SATs tests in June. In Science, children will be learning about Evolution and Inheritance, following on from the living things topic in the previous term. They will consider how humans and animals evolve over time and how traits can be inherited from parents. This will also link to SRE and changes in body.
In ICT, children are working on coding and using scratch to create interactive games. In the second half of term they will be inventing a new piece of interactive technology and presenting designs for a class competition.

 

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.