The Early Years Foundation Stage is a very important stage of your child’s school experience; as it helps your child prepare for their future learning and successes. Their Reception experiences should be happy, active, exciting, fun and secure; and should support their development, care and learning needs. Children in Reception learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
This term we have been having great fun learning about mini-beasts and finding out the jobs they do in the garden. We have been out and about in the school grounds with our bug catchers and binoculars and found some interesting bugs. We were all fascinated as we watched our caterpillars transform into butterflies and we loved finding out about spiders! (We are keeping our eye on ‘Sally’ who lives in a secret location!) We have also been busy planting as part of our ‘Growing’ topic. We have grown our own potatoes and visited St Peter’s garden centre to buy some plants and herbs for our outside area. We have enjoyed reading and writing about Jack and the Beanstalk, we have been thinking of our own story endings and acting out the story on our outside stage. In Maths, we have been finding out how to double and halve numbers and exploring number patterns such as counting in 2’s, 5’ and 10’s and counting to 100.
Other topics that we have enjoyed this year have been; All about Me, Autumn, Festivals, Animals Around the World, Healthy Me and we are finishing the year with The Seaside, Pirates and Beach safety.
In Year 1 we are committed to building a safe and caring community. We share and celebrate each other’s successes and value our differences by including everyone.
Year 1 have been extremely busy this half term. We started the term with a trip to St George’s School where the children took part in a fantastic PE event that was kindly organised by their Year 6 children. The children had an energetic afternoon playing games that involved lots of throwing and catching skills.
We have been busy learning about our Small World Topic. The children have been learning about the continents of the world and have been sent out on their own mini adventures discovering new parts of Jersey. Thank you for all your efforts for their home learning tasks the children’s photographs and descriptions are fantastic. We’ve also been busy painting city and town pictures.
TopicsSummer 1: Time Travellers
The children will learn about how time is allocated into centuries, the Fire of London as a significant event in history and primary and secondary sources of evidence.Summer 2: Survival of the Fittest
In this topic, we learn to explain the lifecycle of humans and animals, and compare them. We also learn about what humans need to survive and how to stay healthy (in mind, body and spirit).Summer 3: Get Your Wellies On!
Children will be able to identify a range of habitats around the world and in their local area, and be able to match plants and animals to a habitat by the end of this unit.
In Year 2 we believe that team-work and collaborative skills lead to a positive learning community. We focus on the core values of being caring, capable and responsible in all that we do. We aim to have high expectations of ourselves and to achieve our goals.
This term we have been travelling back in time and learning about The Great Fire of London. We have been looking at the diary of Samuel Pepys and having a go at writing our own. We have created a time-line in the classroom and added lots of famous people through history. We have also created a fantastic 3D model of a house from The Great Fire!
We are now focusing on lifecycles and food chains in Science. We have had a visit from one of our baby brothers and asked his mummy lots of questions about how a baby is different to a child or adult. We have also learnt about the life cycles of a butterfly and frog. The children made a wonderful effort with their Home Learning activity to produce a timeline of events in their own life.
We have been really busy in Maths, learning about measuring length in Centimetres and Metres. We had great fun measuring the perimeter of the outside area using a trundle wheel! We have also been finding fractions of shapes and numbers, using lego bricks to show halves, quarters and thirds.
TopicsFrom Farm To Fork
The children will take part in a ‘Healthy Living’ day with Mont Nicolle and St Mary Year 3 children at a central location. They will take part in activities that will cover all areas of a healthy lifestyle (Spiritual, Physical/Nutritional, Social/emotional and Academic)Around the World In 80 Days
The children will produce presentations on a National Park and a European country.
In Year 3 we focus on the school’s core values to continue to develop a Caring, Capable and Responsible learning Community. We encourage children to work with many different partners so that everyone feels cared for and a valued part of the Year group. We also encourage everyone to be a capable learner by having high expectations for themselves and for others. Year 3 children are also encouraged to become more independent and responsible during lessons and around school.
One of our topics this term has been called ‘Farm to Fork’. To launch this topic we visited the ship RS-10 Christiania, an 1895, wooden rescue sailboat designed by renowned shipwright, Colin Archer.
In this topic we have been learning all about the original source of food. This has provided lots of practical learning opportunities such as making cheese, which the children really enjoyed! We also carried out an investigation to see how much salt there is in a Litre of sea water.
Our other topic this term has been about Leaders. The children have been fascinated to learn all about Malala Yousafzai and the campaign for education for all children.
TopicsSchool of Rock
In this unit, children will design and make their own tuned instrument. They will understand how sound travels as vibrations and how the volume and pitch of sound can be altered and carry out scienntific investigations. Finally, they will compose and perform a piece of music to the class and learn to use the ICT programme Garage Band.
At the beginning of Year 4, we spend much time determining what our classroom environment should be like. We believe that the classroom should be a safe place where everyone feels included, we build our classroom contract directly around the school’s core values; Caring Capable and Responsible. We expect the children to set high expectations when it comes to their own learning and encourage all the children to be the best that they can be.
This term Year 4 have been focusing on their topic ‘School of Rock’, which kicked off with an amazing mini gig at Les Landes School, where they had the privilege to hear Lloyd Yates and his band. The children have been listening to lots of different genres of music from classic rock ‘n’ roll to hip-hop. Alongside this, the children have been investigating how sound is produced and how it travels.
In our Literacy we have been learning about stories set in the past, focusing on a story called Runaways. Set in Victorian London, it is about two children who run away from the workhouse and end up meeting Dr Barnardo, who helps them start a new life in Canada. The children have loved learning about what conditions were like in Victorian Britain, as well as seeing how an author can use description of a character’s actions to give the reader a sense of how the character is feeling.
TopicsCircle of Life
During this unit we will be exploring some concepts that may make some of the children’s toes curl! We will be learning about:
- Reproduction in plants
- Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
- Jane Goodall’s work with chimpanzees
- Comparing Life Cycles of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds
- Humans Timeline
- Growth of Babies from fertilization in the womb
- Changes in Old Age
- Gestation Periods of different mammals
- Life Expectancy of animals
In this unit children will have compared and grouped together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets and electrical and thermal conductivity. They will have given reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular use of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic.
Working scientifically, children will have classified materials in different ways explaining their classification criteria. They will have planned, carried out and interpreted an investigation in trying to answer a question about the most suitable material for a given function.Islam
During this unit we will:
- Use a map to show where Islam was founded
- Explain who the key prophet was
- Know the main Muslim beliefs
- Know that Muslims worship in a mosque
- Begin to learn about some Muslim festivals
- Research the Muslim holy book
- Learn to recognise the Islam symbol
In Years 5 and 6 we are committed to creating a caring, capable and responsible class community. We aim to work together and respect everyone’s individuality. We are ambitious and set ourselves high targets. We aim to build on the whole school ethos and work together to make sure there are no outsiders in our school.
In Year 5 this term we have been learning about Islam, about the properties of materials and the circle of life. We have lots of visits out – to the Swimming Festival, the Beach Safety session, and watching Love Theatre’s E-safety Presentation. If anyone would like to come as a parent helper, let Miss McGarry or Mr Charlesworth know.
TopicsFit For Life
We will celebrate the end of this topic by taking part in a range of sports and giving the children the opportunity to develop a range of schools.Lights, Camera, Action!
Throughout this topic the children will be learning about how to keep safe online and what to do if they have any concerns. We will also explore the light elements of the Science curriculum.
The children will be leading a KS2 assembly about E-Safety as the outcome for this topic. As part of their home learning project they will be creating either a Powerpoint, graphic novel, poster or animation which will form part of their assembly.
In Year 6 we are committed to creating a caring, capable and responsible class community. We aim to work together and respect everyone’s individuality. We aim to build on the whole school ethos and work together to include everyone in a safe environment. We are the role models for the school, and we take on roles of responsibility throughout the school.
This term we have been learning about Madagascar! We went to the zoo and found out about Madagascan animals and their habitats. In class we took our learning further and began to think about adaptation and evolution. We have also been completing some collage art of Madagascan animals in the style of a local artist, Marcus Davies which you will be able to admire on our Learning Celebration afternoon.
It has been a busy term in Maths and English and we have learnt about everything from fractions to statistics and play scripts to formal writing. As a special treat at the end of our assessment week we did some baking.
The children made some delicious cornflake cakes and chocolate chip cookies and the staff were very impressed… We might give baking another go and hopefully some treats will make it home this term! In our last term we have got lots to look forward to including our Leaver’s Assembly.