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

We would firstly like to welcome our new nursery children who have started over the past 2 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 will be learning about our bodies and look at a model skeleton. The children will be noticing the different parts of the skeleton and beginning to name them. We will be sharing the story ‘Funny bones’, learn a skeleton song and paint skeleton pictures. We will also be looking at the role of firefighters and the police.
Next we will be learning about ‘growing’. We will be finding out about how the children have grown and changed from babies, to toddlers and now young children. We will then be investigating 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 the 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: Little Red Riding Hood, Transport, Being healthy and On the Farm.
We have already started learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood and acting out the story in our Grandma’s house role play and small world activities. We will also be retelling the story and re writing parts of the story. 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 a recount of 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 ‘What makes us healthy?’ The children will learn that exercise, healthy food choices and personal hygiene keeps our bodies fit and healthy and enables us to grow strong. The children will sort food into categories and discuss the importance of a balanced diet. We will be looking at, and taste a range of fruit and vegetables that we may not have tried before. The children will talk about ‘out of school’ activities that they enjoy doing such as Martial Arts, swimming and cycling and recognise how this is good for their bodies. They will also be taking part in daily exercise and notice the changes to their body when they complete physical activity.
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 their 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 some properties of 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 Mrs Gunn

 

Learning in the Summer Term in Year 1

In topic this half term the children will be learning all about animals. They will learn the names and features of a variety of animals from around the world. The children will explore animal classification and learn the features of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. They will also explore which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and what these concepts mean. The next topic will be healthy living, in which the children will explore ways to stay mentally and physically well, including good hygiene, exercise and healthy eating. As part of the topic, the children will plan and make a fruit salad before evaluating their creation.
In English, we will read Tell Me a Dragon, and the children will use rich descriptive language to write a short poem about their own dragon. We will also explore non-fiction animal texts before the children have the opportunity to write their own fact file about an animal.
The geography topic will start by focusing on the map of the UK and its four countries, with a focus on Tiverton’s location within the UK. The children will explore the features of the UK, such as flag, currency, capital city, monarch and the Prime Minister. After locating Tiverton in the UK, the children will focus on Tiverton from above; exploring aerial maps and looking for clues to help identify key physical and natural geographical features, including farm land, the motorway, the River Exe, housing estates and large retail and factory units. Toward the end of the topic, the children will explore the high street and the variety of shops found, such as delicatessen and haberdashery.
In English, we will read Bear’s Magic Pencil, providing a platform to explore the challenges faced by endangered animals and ways the story character can overcome environmental problems using a magic writing tool.

The penultimate topic will give the children the opportunity to learn about the four seasons and weather associated with each season. The children will learn why we have day and night, and why the summer is hotter than the winter. The children will also explore the features of the four seasons and examine how some trees and plants change. This will lead into the final topic on plants, whereby the children will name and identify the features of common British plants and trees. The children will learn the names for the parts of a plant and a tree, and examine the shapes of leaves and the seeds produced by different British trees. In English, we will read The High Street, and the children will create their own character and the types of shops and items purchased from each shop. This will give the children the opportunity to use descriptive language, imaginative verbs and practise using commas in their shopping lists.
At the end of the year, the children will visit Pennywell Farm in Devon, where they will meet and handle a variety of farm animals. The children will then write a detailed recount of the day, using time connectives to structure their writing. This will also give the children the opportunity to independently apply their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.

As part of the maths curriculum, we will follow the Maths No Problem programme. During the summer term, we will explore early multiplication by identifying the number of groups and rows, and the number within each one. The children will explore early division by practising sharing quantities into specific groups. The children will then explore simple fractions by finding halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. Then, the children will consolidate their number knowledge by counting, writing and partitioning numbers to one hundred. After half term, the children will learn to tell the time to the hour and half hour, they will learn British currency by naming and counting with coins and notes. The children will then practically explore volume and capacity, as well as mass, before finishing the year by learning the direction and names of turns.

In phonics, the children will continue to segment and blend a variety of words containing the graphemes, and their alternative phonemes, outlined in the Year 1 National Curriculum. As the children become more familiar with the graphemes and their corresponding phonemes, they will be able to read a greater range of words on sight, which will increase the fluency and stamina with which they read. Accordingly, the children will continue to access the coloured book bands within the reading scheme as a way of applying, consolidating and progressing with their phonics skills and other reading skills, such as comprehension and inference. Towards the end of the year, the children will have the opportunity to revise all the taught graphemes and phonemes from Reception and Year 1, as well as the common exception words. The children will revise homophones and compound words to support their spelling, as well as aspects of grammar such the prefixes and suffixes outlined in the Year 1 National Curriculum.

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 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).

Mr Hudson

Learning in the Summer term in Year 2

In Year 2, the children will begin the term by learning about The Great Fire of London. Developing their understanding of chronology, the children will be transported back to the year of 1666, where they will learn all about the causes of the fire and the consequences for London resulting from this important event. The children will learn how to locate London on a map, and will find out about the important landmarks in the city. They will also study Samuel Pepys’ diary of the time, and write their own diary entry. As part of this topic, we will be visited by an historical storyteller! This half term the children will also be taking their year 2 SATs. We aim to maintain a relaxed and calm environment for the children for these tests, but if you do have any concerns or questions please speak to your child’s class teacher, or Mr Hudson as year 2/3 team leader.
In the second half of the Summer Term, our topic is Plants. The children will learn to name some common plants and will conduct a Science investigation to discover in which conditions cress will grow best.

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 Mr Hudson, if you require further support.

Learning in the Summer term in Year 3

In year 3 we have already started our new topic of Ancient Greece where we will be learning lots of new and interesting things. We’ll discover about the area of Ancient Greece, find out about the Olympics, explore different Gods and the stories that are linked with them. We’ll also be doing lots of art and creative activities such as creating Greek art and pottery and making masks of different people and mythical monsters. This topic work will be heavily linked to our new writing unit of Mythical Monsters. We’ll be learning about mythical monsters, where they originated and the different stories that are told with them. It’s a really fun and engaging topic so we would love to see any extra things that the children do at home linked to this!
In the second half term, we will be building on the children’s learning from year 2 of Plants. We’ll also be learning more about the human body; specifically skeletons and muscles as well as nutrients and how the body processes food.

If you would like any further information about the learning please speak to Mr Hudson 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 exploring the topic of ‘Plastic Pollution’, thinking about how they can persuade others to do something to help with the plastic problem. In Science, children will 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. They will also learn the different types of teeth and their simple functions.

In the second half of the term, Year 4 will be using geographical skills to explore the journey of a river- we will have the opportunity to explore the rivers in Tiverton, by going on a river walk. This will also support their learning of the water cycle. Year 4 will be using the text ‘The River’ to us descriptive language to write about a journey of their choice.

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 the religion of Islam, and will be reading and writing stories linked to the book called Ahmed’s Secret. In Maths lessons they will continue to explore decimals before looking at percentages, geometry and measure.
In the second half of the term they will 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. We will also be looking at the lifecycles of plants and how plants reproduce sexually and asexually. 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 stories and reports about different expeditions around the world and studying the 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. In Geography the children will be studying different biomes and climates around the globe linking to a transition piece of work for High school.
SATs will take place in May, including assessments for children in Grammar, Spelling, Reading and Maths.
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.

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