Cuddington Primary School

RESPECT, ASPIRE, COLLABORATE.

Welcome to Hummingbirds!

 

 

We hope that you have had a wonderful Easter and a restful Half Term! 
I cannot believe it is the Summer Term already.
We have a very busy term ahead where
we will be looking at new and exciting topics!

 

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.
 

Summer Term

 

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.

 

Circle time

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 the Summer Term, we will learn about Fractions, Shape and Measure.

  • FRACTIONS

KS1 and Lower KS2 children will learn:

  • Recognise, find and name a half as one of two equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
  • Recognise, find and name a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.
  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity.
  • Write simple fractions and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.

Upper KS2 children will learn:

  • Counting up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10.
  • Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects/number: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators.
  • Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole.
  • Compare and order unit fractions, and fractions with the same denominators.
  • Solve problems that involve fractions.
  • Read and write decimal numbers.

 

  • SHAPE

KS1 and Lower KS2 children will learn:

  • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including 2-D shapes [for example, rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles].
  • Recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including 3-D shapes [for example, cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres].
  • Identify and describe the properties of 2-D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line.
  • Identify and describe the properties of 3-D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces.
  • Identify right angles, recognise that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn.
  • Identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle.

Upper KS2 children will learn:

  • Compare and classify geometric shapes, including quadrilaterals and triangles, based on their properties and sizes.
  • Identify lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes presented in different orientations.
  • Plot specified points and draw sides to complete a given polygon.
  • Draw given angles, and measure them in degrees (°).
  • Distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. 

  • MEASURE 

KS1 and Lower KS2 children will learn:

  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for lengths and heights [for example, long or short, longer or shorter, tall or short, double or half].
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for mass or weight [for example, heavy or light, heavier than, lighter than].
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for capacity and volume [for example, full or empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter].
  • Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels.
  • Compare, describe and solve practical problems for time [for example, quicker, slower, earlier, later].
  • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
  • Tell and write the time to fifteen minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.
  • Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.
  • Add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts.

Upper KS2 children will learn:

  • Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre; hour to minute].
  • Convert between different units of metric measure (for example, kilometre and metre; centimetre and metre; centimetre and millimetre; gram and kilogram; litre and millilitre).
  • Measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in centimetres and metres.
  • Calculate and compare the area of rectangles (including squares), and including using standard units, square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes.

 

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 will explore the ocean through our main picture text "Flotsam" by David Wiesner but we will also read other fiction and non-fiction books about the depths of the oceans; before looking in more detail at the creatures that live there.

 


The children will write descriptive poems about different sea creatures based on the book "Commotion in the ocean" by Giles Andreae. 
 

They will also write narrative stories based on "Flotsam". Flotsam are goods found floating on the sea as a consequence of a shipwreck or action of wind or waves. While writing, we will explore a place and find something unusual, amazing or important. Something goes wrong and it is the fault of the object found. How will we resolve the problems that arise?

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.

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 the beach, where we will explore the seaside, build sandcastles, search, collect and examine flotsam that has been washed ashore. I can't wait to see what we will find!

Flotsam


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