Hummingbirds' class provides support to pupils within a tailored environment. It focuses on providing consistent routines and developing independent learning opportunities through hands-on activities. We will be working closely with Mrs Alsop, the SEND coordinator, to ensure pupil progress within the National Curriculum by supporting each child and their individual needs.
Mornings in Hummingbirds will consist of Sensory Circuit, Circle Time, Mathematics, Phonics/Guided Reading and English.
In the afternoon, children join their peers in their own year group for all other curriculum subjects.
As Sports People ...
Sensory Circuit is a Sensory Motor Skills Program for children to practise gross motor skills, sensory processing skills and it is a great way to energise or settle into the school day. It provides opportunities for children to work on organising their whole body, plan their approach, work on more than one thing at a time in a sequential order, balance and timing. This also ensures children leave the circuit calmly and return to their classroom centered and ready for the day ahead.
In the classroom, we will transfer techniques used within Sensory Circuit through Energisers. These improve concentration and help children when transitioning into the next lesson.
We will venture outside during Sensory Circuit sessions so please can you provide a warm raincoat each day or one to keep in school.
A Circle Time routine helps children visualise what to expect and to be a more confident participant in the learning process. This is time for our group of children to sit together for an activity involving everyone. We sing songs or recite poems, assign classroom jobs, discuss the daily routine, fill in the calendar, predict the weather and children have the opportunity to share personal feelings and experiences with the class.
As Mathematicians ...
During Summer Term 2, we will learn about Measure.
KS1 and Lower KS2 children will learn:
Upper KS2 children will learn:
As Readers ...
During Guided Reading sessions we build on the children's confidence, fluency, expression and comprehension via different fiction and non-fiction texts.
It is really important for the children to discuss what they have read and to answer questions about the characters or events and to express their preferences. When children are reading encourage them to apply their phonics knowledge either by segmenting and blending unfamiliar words or to work on any phonemes or graphemes that they are still unsure about.
While reading at home, please practise these skills but equally it is important to read stories together with your child to demonstrate what good reading should look like.
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As Authors ...
Hummingbirds' theme for the Summer Term is: Tales from the deep ...
We have explored the ocean through our main picture text "Flotsam" by David Wiesner. For our non-fiction piece of writing, we will write diary entries and letters about our adventures above and below the surface based on the book "Dear Greenpeace" by Simon James. We will also read other fiction texts like "The Storm Whale" by Benji Davies and "This Morning I Met A Whale" by Michael Morpurgo.
Our writing will consist of a variety of sentences, appropriate use of tenses, using expanded noun phrases, adding descriptive language such as adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and time/place connectives; showing contractions and possession with apostrophes and using speech and paragraphs. We will continue to focus on correct use of capital letters, punctuation and use of correct spelling and grammar. The children will also proof read and edit their own work.
Furthermore, all children will make an educational visit to New Brighton beach, where we will explore the seaside, build sandcastles and search, collect and examine flotsam that has been washed ashore. I can't wait to see what we will find!
Don't forget to check out our class Seesaw page; the digital portfolio where we will post our independent learning.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Miss Michiels & Mrs Jennings