Herons

 
 Welcome to Heron's Page
 
The class are supported in the 'Heron's' class by the teacher, Tony, and three teaching assistants, Tracy, Louise, and Scott.  This year the 'Herons' are a mixed key stage 2 group of pupils in years 4 and 5. Our autumn topic is "Water".
 
In addition to our curriculum we undertake work on communication, behaviour and social skills.  Over the course of the week we also have access to a variety of facilities which assist our work on motor skills and sensory diets.
 
 
Key Activities
The class enjoys time at the tyre park and on the newly refurbished playground each day.
 
In addition to the activities listed we access other facilities in the school including soft play, the light room, and forest schools.
 
Summer Term
 
This term our topic is 'Staying Safe'  There will be lots of important messages about safety including electricity and  products in the home; there will be lots of fun on the journey, with some fun science involving materials and their properties, and an investigation into the fire of London and a look into 17th century life! Take a look at the term overview to find out more.
 
Autumn Term
New! 12th November (Near the bottom of the resources)
  • Use the RWI letter formation nmemonics to help your child with letter formation.  Say the nmemonic as you model the correct letter formation.  The focus is beginning in the correct place, retracing your lines (e.g. going back up on the letter n) and going around circles in the correct direction.
  • Refer to the RWI word sets and work on assisted blending of words.
  • Check out the information on using exclamation marks, question marks and full stops.  As your child to write some sentences using this punctuation.
  • Look at the clip on 3D shapes.  Test your ability to remember their names.  Some of you can try describing them, giving the number of faces, edges and vertices (corners).
  • Try the 2d shape pages which you can print and cut out to create pictures.
  • We have celebrating Diwali.  Try out some of the Diwali crafts.
  • On the week of remembrance why not make some bottle top medals.  Use the time crafting to discuss the idea of remembrance.
 
 
New! 21st Oct (Near the bottom of the resources) 
  • Check out the subtraction with regrouping video and worksheet! 
  • There are Subtraction from 30,20, and 10 numberline sheets for some of you to try.
  • If you want to and have a printer print out the Good Friend/Bad Friend cards.  Discuss your thoughts with an adult and sort the cards.
  • There are some Halloween colouring pages and a pumpkin cutting skills sheet to help your fine motor skills. 
  • Ill also add a link to a spooky song for some haunting fun!
 
Water
Our Autumn topic theme is water.  Why not try and make a waterwheel at home!  The self powered wheel is pretty amazing!
 
October 2020 Look at the Picture sheet of our catapult.  You could follow the guidance to try and make one at home!
 
October 2020 - Watch the clip of the children testing bridges at home.  Afterwards some of you could make a table to compare the results of the three types of bridge!
 
 
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New! 5th Jan 2021
 
This term our topic in 'In the Jungle'.  I know there are many nature lovers in the Heron's Class so this will be something you all can enjoy.  As we will be home learning for a while I will have a focus on a particular Animal each week as well as including other aspects of the curriculum.
 
Check out the 'In the Jungle-Elephants' PowerPoint for some Interesting information and tasks related to elephants.  Try going on YouTube to see how good elephants are at swimming! They are also one of the few animals who can recognise their own reflection! I've included some great elephant craft activities; there's something for all abilities.
 

Try drawing and labelling Elephants; there are also some reading and comprehension activities which you may wish to complete.

 

In maths we are working on length and height.  Encourage your children to use the language of long/short, longer/shorter, longest/shortest when engaging in practical activities.  Label objects which are vertical as 'tall' rather than long. Use the 'Units of Length' PowerPoint to show how we can measure objects relatively using non-standard units.  The 'Length and Height' PowerPoint will help stimulate the discussion of language in relation to practical objects and situations.  Some of you will also begin to introduce the language of near/far and that distance makes things look smaller than objects in the foreground.  For some pupils it is now a time to begin using rulers. They will need practical help to find a way to hold the ruler (due to fine motor barriers). Introduce the idea of measuring objects to the nearest cm and try measuring lines to a given number of centimetres.

 
 

 

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11th Jan 2021
 
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week our focus is on tigers.  We will be looking at how they are adapted to their habitat and survival. Our story of the week 'A new home for Tiger'  In maths we will continue work on 'Length, height and distance'.  There are also tiger based craft activities.  There are also lots of things to catch up on from last week during which we focussed on elephants!
 
 
RE Spring Term
 
In RE this term we will be looking at miracles, considering questions such as: What do we consider a miracle? Do we have to see something to believe it? We will also look at some of the miracles from the Bible.
 
The first miracle we are learning about is Jesus walking on water.
The second miracle we are learning about is the feeding of the 5000
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PHSE Spring Term
 
In PHSE our them is 'Money Matters'.  We will learn about where money comes from, what we need it for and importantly different ways to spend and save it.
 
In the first lesson we will be learning about ways to pay.
In the second lesson we will be learning abut how we earn money.
18th Jan 2021
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week our focus is on giraffes.  Our story of the week 'Little Giraffes Big Idea'  In maths we will move onto number'; making equal groups (of 3 and 4), skip counting in groups and using arrays.  There are also giraffe based activities.  There is a new PHSE 'Money Matters' lesson and a new RE miracles story.  In school we are using beebots to learn about sequencing commands.  In the lesson overview I've placed a link to a great website where you can work through similar tasks, with or without adult help.  
25th Jan 2021
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week our focus is on giraffes.  Our story of the week 'Milo Goes Bananas'  In maths we will move onto number'; continuing work making equal groups (of 3 and 4), skip counting in groups and using arrays and block diagrams.  There is a new PHSE 'Money Matters' lesson and a new RE miracles story.  In school we are using beebots to learn about sequencing commands.  In the lesson overview I've placed a link to a great website where you can work through similar tasks, with or without adult help.  We have some tasks related to monkeys and will begin work on human development beginning with stages of life.
1st Feb 2021
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week our focus in science is human development looking at gestation of humans and other animals and representing data.  Our story of the week 'A day at the Zoo'  In maths we will continue with number'; making equal groups (of 3 and 4), skip counting in groups and using arrays to help us solve multiplication and division problems; some of you may be also working on addition and subtraction.  There is a new PHSE 'Money Matters' lesson and a new RE miracles story.  In school we are using beebots to learn about sequencing commands.  In the lesson overview I've placed a link to a great website where you can work through similar tasks, with or without adult help.
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8th Feb 2021
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week in science we will be looking at the final stage of human life - old age.  We will also recap some previous learning about classifying animals in preparation for learning about lifecycles of different animals in coming weeks.  Our story of the week 'Animal Magic'  In maths we will continue with number'; I have recommended some Oak Academy lessons using the 'make 10' strategy for addition or alternatively Oak Academy lessons to help some of your with you multiplication and division word problems.  There is a new PHSE 'Money Matters' lesson and a new RE miracles story.  In school we are using beebots to learn about sequencing commands.  In the lesson overview I've placed a link to a great website where you can work through similar tasks, with or without adult help.
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22nd Feb 2021
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week our focus is on Rhinos Our story of the week 'Ronald the Rhino'  In maths we will be working on number and some of us will be working on fractions.  There are also Rhino based activities.  There is a new PHSE lesson introducing democracy and in RE we begin thinking about Sacrifice.  In school we are using beebots to learn about sequencing commands.  In the lesson overview I've placed a link to the 'Hour of Code' website - you can begin to learn to use code to make a character move in the game Ozaria!
1st March 2021
This week we are continuing with our topic 'In the Jungle'. This week our book is a factual book 'Rainforests'  In maths we will all be working on fractions; there are different tasks for different pupils so please check the planning sheets; I have also directed you to some Oak Academy lessons which are really good.  In school we are using 'Hour of Code' website to learn foundations of programming.  In the lesson overview I've placed a link to the mine-craft programming tasks which the pupils will really enjoy.  We will be covering grid references as part of our topic - a perfect chance for all of the parents to get out their ordinance survey maps!  Thursday is World Book Day so enjoy your favourite books and perhaps dress as one of your favourite characters!
 
Finally, please tell all of the Heron's that I am really excited to have them back in school on the 8th.  We can't wait to see them and hear about all of the fun and hard work that has been happening at home over the past weeks.  Also a big thank you to all of the hard work of the parents.