We are the Zebras!
Welcome to our page.
Hello! I'm Mrs Palmer and I am the Teaching Assistant in Zebra Class.
Hi! I'm Miss Cunningham and I am the Teacher in Zebra Class.
Here in the Zebra Class we are always busy. Below is an insight into a typical day in Zebra Class.
We begin our day with an exciting 'dough disco' session which allows us to refine our muscles ready for the day ahead. This also allows us to have a wiggle and a jiggle which then focuses our mind so we are ready for learning. To find out more about dough disco, please visit http://www.alford.lincs.sch.uk/Newsletters/DoughDisco.pdf
We begin our day's learning with a phonics session. We use a mixture of resources to teach phonics in order to ensure that the children gain the best phonic knowledge they can! We follow the government recommended Letters and Sounds document accompanied by 'Jolly Phonics' and the use of an online program called 'Phonics Play'. Please click on the links below to find out more about phonics and to access some free resources too.
Phonics is followed immediately by our daily Literacy session. This allows children to apply their newly gained phonic knowledge directly into their reading and writing. In Zebra Class, we focus our Literacy around a text. These texts include rhymes, stories and non-fiction information. The skills for writing are taught using Pie Corbett's Talk for Writing approach alongside a writing resource call 'Mighty Writer'. To find out more about these teaching approaches, please visit http://www.talk4writing.co.uk/about/
https://www.mightywriter.co.uk/for-parents.html Here at Murrow Primary Academy we have non-negotiables which the children have to follow in their writing. This ensures that the children write to the best of their ability without forgetting simple rules or information.
Our Maths lessons are based around 'Magic Maths'. Everyday the children being thier mathematical learning by engaging in a counting activity. This may be rote counting aloud, follwing a number-line or even counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. The children then embark on a magical journey with Abracadabra the Maths Wizard. This is the part of the lesson where the children learn about a specific aspect of mathematics such as addition, subtraction, doubling, halving and measuring to name but a few... The children then 'Abracadabra-Do!' which is when they have a go at an activity based upon what they have learnt in the lesson. This provides them with the opportunity to apply and investigate their new knowledge.
In the afternoon session we have our Topic lessons. Throughout the course of the year we engage with several different topics allowing the children to learn all about the world around them, different cultures and beliefs and how and why things work. Our day finishes with a story or a news-sharing session before heading home.
Summer Term 2018
Our Topic this term is Living Things.
We will learn about Ourselves and Minibeasts!
In Literacy we will be looking at the stories Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We will also be using non-fiction books to learn about health and hygiene as well as finding out about minibeasts. We will use the ICT suite again this term to carry out research to inform our writing. We will be looking at different styles of writing this term including the structure of stories, diaries and fact-sheets. We will continue to do Guided Reading twice a week as well as reading in our Literacy lessons.
Throughout our topic, we will learn about keeping our bodies healthy through exercise and food choices, we will compare ourselves to minibeasts and will look at the structure of our bodies and bones.
In Maths this term we are going to revisit and refine our learning starting with 2D and 3D shapes. We will investigate the properties of the shapes and will use our knowledge to create shape posters. We will be developing our knowledge and skills in addition and subtraction including multiplying, dividing, doubling and halving. We will apply our skills in different contexts including word problems and using money. We will also look at different ways of measuring including time, weight, capacity and length.
This term we will be introducing more structure into our day. This will support the children in making a smooth transition into Year 1 in September. Children will be 'busy learning' during un-directed times of the day and will still be expected to collect all 7 of their challenges in order to earn their Golden Time on Friday morning.
We are incredibly excited about our class trip to Welney Wetland Centre in July!!
P.E. Lessons for Zebra Class are on
Tuesday and Thursday
Please ensure that your child has both indoor and outdoor kits in their P.E. bags as the lesson on Thursday with the P.O.S.H coach is usually outdoors.
Our Woodland Area session is on Friday afternoons each week.
Please ensure that your child's woodland kit is in school every week and is complete with warm clothing.
Please see the attached letter for further information as to what could be included in their kits.
Listening to your child read every night supports their learning and development immensely!
This opportunity allows children to practice and apply their phonic knowledge and helps them to refine their reading skills which we will be working on in school during our Guided Reading sessions.
Research has repeatedly shown that child who regularly read develop better writing skills as they are exposed to texts and language consistently which feeds their imagination.
Please also continue to help your child to practice their flashcards as knowledge of these words helps them to develop fluency in their reading and makes writing easier for them too.
Mathematical opportunities are all around us! Simple activities like counting up and down the stairs, looking at numbers on house doors or reading prices in the supermarket all support with children's understanding of numbers and the number system.
Please click the links below for more information on how you could support your child's learning at home and THANK YOU for your continued support.