We hope that you have had a lovely summer holiday and we look forward to working with you!
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.
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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.
As the weather will start to get colder and wetter, please can you provide a warm raincoat each day or one to keep in school. We will venture outside during Sensory Circuit sessions.
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.
During the Autumn Term, we will start learning about Number and Place Value. The children will continue to practise their counting skills, learn to recognise the place value of digits in numbers, comparing and ordering numbers, solving number problems and more.
Next, we will move onto Addition & Subtraction where the children will apply their number bond knowledge to add and subtract numbers, represent numbers using objects or by pictorially drawing them, estimating amounts, use the appropriate symbols and language to solve problems. Children will also develop the skill of explaining how they worked out their calculations.
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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 digraphs 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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Hummingbirds' theme for the Autumn Term is: The Amazing Amazon. The two class texts we will base our writing on are "Where the forest meets the sea" by Jeannie Baker and "The great Kapok tree" by Lynne Cherry.
The children will write information booklets about Hummingbirds, a diary entry about being stranded in the Amazon, poems and descriptive stories about the Amazon Rainforest and its inhabitants.
Our writing will consist of a variety of sentences, appropriate use of tenses, using expanded noun phrases, adding descriptive language and use of correct spelling and grammar. The focus is on correct use of capital letters and punctuation. We will also proof read and edit our own work.
Come check out our class Seesaw; 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