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P5 Modular Summary

                              TERM :       3                                     CLASS : P5

The topic for this term is Winter into Spring.  We will be looking at events that will be happening during the next 5 weeks, such as Valentine’s Day, and birthdays,  as well as looking at the outdoors environment  all of which can support pupils to feel a connection to what is happening around them.   I have added some ideas that you may wish to try at home with your children to support the work we do in class.

Mathematics

Number-

All children will explore counting and develop their understanding of number.

All children will have the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills through practical activities and games. 

Space, Shape and  Measure –

All children will be continuing to explore and develop their understanding of money in terms of coin recognition and coin value.  All work will be practically based and as much as possible in real life situations.

At home you might like to support your child’s learning by giving them real life opportunities to practice their shopping and using money skills.  For example, playing a matching game using coins.

 

 

 

 

 

Social Interaction

All children will participate in twice or three times a week Attention Everyone sessions.  The aim of the sessions are to develop our pupil’s joint attention skills. Some children will be working on Phases 1-3 while others are ready to move onto Phase 4.

All children are supported to develop their understanding of how to be with others and to develop positive relationships.  We use  group activities such as PE, Attention Everyone, visiting the playground (swings, see-saw etc) as well as through adult led and child initiated play sessions.

 

Literacy

Reading

All children will continue to have opportunities to listen and respond to action songs using the iwb in order to support them to make the link between speaking, listening and reading.

All children will be learning to recognise and read and use whole words.  This may be related to words which are especially important to individual child’s interests, and/or may relate to the current topic, for example to complete an art activity.

All children will use visual prompts to help them to complete real life and everyday tasks as independently as possible.  For example, the sequence involved in polishing their shoes, washing and drying up after snack time.

Writing/mark making – All children are learning that marks and symbols convey meaning and are encouraged to use words and symbols for a purpose.

All children are supported to use and understand visual cues, visual prompts and symbol timetables.

All children are supported to choose and use symbols to make requests and comments in games as well as in taught activities.

All children are learning to improve their fine motor skills through workbox activities and discrete taught sessions such as Write Dance.

At home, you may like to support your child’s drawing skills.  For example, draw an outline of a familiar or interesting item (which could be related to our topic), but leave a small part of the drawing incomplete so your child needs to complete the drawing. Or supporting your child to be able to recognise their name or the names of their siblings or family members by placing a name card underneath the matching photograph could be a fun and purposeful activity.

Social Communication

Pupils are taught and practice speaking and listening skills in discrete taught sessions as well as in  response to naturally occurring interactions throughout the day. Children learn and practice using new vocabulary and to develop their commenting skills.

In our daily adult led play sessions children will be encouraged and supported to develop their social interaction and communication skills as well as to develop play skills through the use of imitative play drills.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further information, or would like specific symbols made for you to use at home.

Sensory and Sensory Processing

The twice daily sensory circuit activities specifically aim to give children the sensory input they need, whether it is to alert or to calm their sensory systems so that they are better able to concentrate and engage in new learning.

Children are also taught to understand and manage their own sensory needs.

At home, you may feel it is important for your child to have the opportunity for daily physical activities, some of the following  provide deep pressure sensations which help children to feel calm.  For example, playing on a trampoline or swings, swimming; rough and tumble play (tickling and squashing games) or going for walks

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any further ideas.

 

Physical Development

This term, in PE children will be exploring movements and actions through games, developing planning and sequencing skills and developing the ability to respond to instructions such as stop and go and to be aware of others.

All children will continue to experience regular, daily visits to the MUGA when they can practice co-ordination and balancing skills through using bikes and scooters.

Your child may like to play simple games with you.  Some favourites are:  keep upsie with a balloon; taking turns to roll and receive a ball to you; playing chase and skittles, a new game which is proving popular is an air hockey type game using a floating football.

Expressive Arts and Design

Art & DT – This term children will be exploring and developing skills such as using simple tools and their hands to new materials and tactile experiences and to which will in turn support children to develop their hand function motor skills, for example, gripping, squishing, mixing and pinching.

At home your child may enjoy using playdough to practice skills such as rolling and cutting.  Making collage pictures are another firm favourite, perhaps linking to Valentine’s Day or by making a pattern using winter colours such as white, blue or grey.

Understanding The World

Science:

All children will be developing their ability to explore and investigate new materials and tactile experiences using their senses. This term we will be exploring ice as well as wind.

To support your child’s learning at home encourage him/her to explore and investigate the world using all of his senses.  Making and flying a simple kite or exploring how you can make ice melt by using salt or warm water are some of the things we will be doing and you might like to replicate at home.

 

Computing

All children will use programs which encourage children to develop computing skills such as drag and drop and cause and effect skills.  We use interactive whiteboard games to reinforce learning as well as to develop memory and sequencing skills.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like a list of useful educational apps.

Organisation and Independent Learning

All children have a daily workbox session.  This focuses on children being able to independently work through a series of tasks from a list or schedule.  It also is a great opportunity for children to learn to ask for help, if they do not understand what to do.

All children will also continue to learn to take care of their own possessions, keeping them in a safe place, and knowing where they are.

All children are expected to tidy up at the end of a session, whether it be play, workbox or a direct teaching session.

At home, you might like to practice similar self help skills, by encouraging your child  to collect and then use objects they need in order to complete a simple task which is part of a specific daily or familiar routine.

Please let me know if you would like further details about the new games that children will be introduced to, and that you may like to play with your child at home.