For the first part of the term Nurture are looking at Calligrams and Shape Poetry. We will be using computer programmes to create our visual poetry. In Maths we are all learning about time. For some children, revisiting o'clock and half past on analogue clocks and for others moving forwards to telling the time accurately to the minute on both analogue and digital clocks. The children will also be solving problems involving the passing of time. We will be continuing to focus on our speaking and listening skills and developing skills to manage our behaviour.
This spring our topic is 'The Twits' by Roald Dahl which was was first published in 1980. It tells the tale of a pair of horrible twits and the tricks they like to play on each other. We will be looking at the main characters, Mr & Mrs Twit and writing a playscript for the story. The children will also be creating their own artwork and making some of Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes. I have attached a few for you to try at home! We will also be launching our new reading intervention 'Readingwise', we are hoping that this will really boost the children's reading skills, in particular their ability to decode and understand the texts they are reading. Finally, I have attached some great links to support recall of the times tables. It is important that your child knows their tables as this will help them to grasp other mathematical concepts.
The Dragon Machine
We have been reading The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward. It tells the story of a young boy called George who is ignored and overlooked until one rainy Thursday afternoon when he spots his first Dragon. From that moment on George’s new dragon friends follow him everywhere. They get him into all sorts of trouble until George realises he simply has to help them get back to where they belong.
The Great Fire of London
To start off our new topic 'The Great Fire of London' the children went on a school trip to see St Paul's Cathedral, The Fire Exhibition at the Museum of London and Monument. We had a fantastic day.
We have had a really busy start to the term. The children have been thinking about their dreams and aspirations for the future. They also reflected on their superhero behaviours. In particular, the behaviours they would like to change and ways they could do this.
We have also started to think about how to manage our anger. We know that everybody feels angry sometimes but the way we all deal with it in different ways. We watched excerpts from the film 'Inside Out' then discussed the triggers for our own anger. Afterwards we thought about how our bodies feel physically when we are angry. Charlie's mum joined us for the session which was great. Please let me know if you would like to join us in class during the week. Wednesday mornings are usually a good time.
Welcome to Nurture
Ms Ryan, Mr Singh & Mrs Brock
In Nurture, our Superheroes follow a tailored curriculum which focuses upon developing
curriculum-based skills through Englishs topics and Maths alongside other subjects, such as Science, Computing, DT and PE where possible. The children also spend a considerable time focusing on developing their social skills in our 'home away from home environment'.
Nurture helps to improve pupils' self-management behaviours, social skills, self-awareness, confidence and skills for learning. Our Superheroes are encouraged to celebrate their progress as they begin to overcome their barriers to learning and they acquire and develop their speaking, listening, sharing and turn-taking skills through activities such as anger management, yoga, mindfulness and circle time. The children all really enjoy these activities and are very supportive of one another.