The John Wesley Church of England & Methodist

Voluntary Aided Primary School

Flourishing in F.A.I.T.H. (Family, All Included, Thriving & Healthy)

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Birch (SRP)

Terms 3 and 4


KS1 Class



Term 3 - All About Me!

Term 4 - Travel and adventure

Across the next two terms we will explore books related to these two themes. Our activities will help us to develop our communication, reading and writing skills. We will send home support materials for you to support your child at home, for example Makaton signs. 



We will continue to focus on number, particularly on counting and recognising numerals 1-10. As we move into Term 4 we will explore space, shape and measure. 



Please see the cued articulation videos on YouTube to support your child's sound development. For children who have difficulty producing their sounds, cued articulation is the visual aid we use to support their sound development. 


KS2 Class



We will be continuing to follow our Black Sheep Press KS2 Narratives resource for Terms 3 and 4. We are aiming to develop our: sentence structure, vocabulary and to have an awareness of how stories are structured. The pack focuses on: when, who, where, problem, solution, the end, emotion and dialogue.  



Both terms we will continue to develop our understanding of place value and the relationships between different numbers. The children need a sound understanding of the relationships of numbers, for example: their number bonds to 10. 


General Notices

PE is taught in your child's base class, please see their newsletter. 



Welcome to Term 1!



Our English focus this term is on different types of animals. Children in Birch KS1 will explore animals from different locations, for example: the zoo, the farm, the desert. Children in Birch KS2 are linking animals to their geographical locations through investigating the seven continents at the same time. 

Here are some useful videos to watch at home:



Birch KS1 are practicing lots of mathematical skills, for example: sorting, counting and ordering. We will be using objects around the classroom to help us and we will continue to practice these skills in our provision areas.

Birch KS2 are revisiting their place value knowledge to ensure that we are all secure with numbers within 50, 100 and 1000. For our starters, we will be recapping mathematical areas we have studied last year. 


Forest School

We will be going to Forest School this term (13th September, 29th September and 13th October).


Speech and Language

All of our children will continue to have speech and language input with Mrs Hedges. 


Term 3!


This term we will have a focus of The Ancient Egyptians. We will be exploring picture books related to this theme, which will also support childrens' knowledge in their base classes.



We will continue to start with a phonological awareness starter which includes: rhyme, alliteration, phoneme manipulation, vocabulary development and syllable awareness.

We have now moved on to learning about the different ways to make the same sound. In Term 3 we will focus on the ae, ee, oa, er, ie sounds. Watch the cued articulation videos below to help support your child.



We will be focusing on the following:

  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Odd and even numbers
  • Number bonds to 10 and 20
  • Multiplication and division using arrays


Homework and spellings

These will continue to be given out on Fridays, to be completed by the following Friday. The homework and spellings replicate what we have been learning that week or fortnight with the aim to embed our learning. 

Welcome to our Class Page! Terms 1 & 2



This term we will be exploring animal fiction and non-fiction with a focus on the North and South Poles. We will be creating our own fiction and non-fiction books using the iPads.



We are exploring place value to create a solid foundation to our maths knowledge. This will include: counting, tens and ones (partitioning), solving missing number problems and much more. 



We have phonics daily for 25 minutes with a starter focusing on phonological awareness. Our phonic lessons are hands on and involve skills such as: phoneme manipulation, listening to dictation, rhyming and sorting sounds. 


Homework and spellings:

These are given out each Friday to be completed by the following Friday. 


Welcome to the Spring Term


This term, we will be exploring ‘Space’, linking our reading and writing opportunities to this interesting topic. The children will be introduced to fact files and key vocabulary about space. All of our English work also aims to support our children to achieve their EHCP outcomes.


The term will focus on two key people:

  • Yuri Gagarin - the first man in space
  • Neil Armstrong - the first man to walk on the moon


Our books this term are:

  • You Choose Space by Nick Sharratt
  • Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy
  • Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort


In phonics, we will continue to learn sounds using Cued Articulation. We will be learning digraphs (two letters that make one sound ‘ee’, ‘ai’ for example) and building these into our writing.


In Maths, this term, we will be focussing on the number 50. We will do this through counting accurately, understanding the place value of numbers up to 50 and also addition and subtraction within 50. The children will be exposed to different methods to solve addition and subtraction problems and these are: ten frames, Numicon, part whole model, bar model, counters and number lines. The children will then be given the choice to use their favoured method.


The children will also have many opportunities to pre-learn vocabulary and ideas for their Connected Learning sessions which they attend in their base classes.


Home practice opportunities

  • Counting to 50 (objects, chocolates, lego bricks)
  • Share books about space
  • Watch YouTube clips about space (in particular videos about the International Space Station)
  • Visit the library and borrow space stories or fact books


Useful websites


Please also explore our SRP page with further information about the interventions that your child may be involved in.

Please continue to check our class blog as we enjoy sharing our learning with you.