St Mary's RC Primary School, Oswaldtwistle

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29th May 20
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Spring 1 Topics


Welcome to Smith's Sloths Class page

Teacher: Mrs Smith

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Simcock

Our theme for the first Spring term is 'Woodland and nightime animals'



In our English lessons we will be learning about Classical Poetry. We will be reading the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by Edward Lear. We will learn the poem off by heart and then write a new verse to add to the poem. Children will be working on their tone and innotation when reading the poem aloud as well as learning about verbs, using their phonic skills to read new words and learn the meanings of new words to develop their vocabulary.

Later on in the term we will be reading thWhor story 'The Owl was Afraid of the Dark' by our class author of the term Jill Tomlinson. We will be reading the book and then children will be writing their own story with a similar setting.


In maths we will be focusing on number and place value and beginning to look at hundred numbers! We will also be describing each digits value within these numbers. We will then move on to working with money and begin to look at giving change using different coins. You could practise with some coins at home with your child to help them further. Later in the term we will be moving onto properties of 2D and 3D shapes and beginning to move onto learning our multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.



In Science we are learning about animals and how they survive and grow. We will be looking at life cycles and food chains as well as doing some investigating!


In RE we will be looking at religious books and important stories and asking the question 'Why do we need books?"


In computing we will be looking at how we can keep ourselves safe online and learning different skills to keep us safe.


In  Art the children will be working on collages, prints and sketches of woodland animals and plants. Keep posted for photographs of their finished work throughout the term.


In music we will be looking at musical patterns and begin to understand and recognise pitch, tempo and dynamics in pieces of music.


In PE we are learning attacking and defending skills and using these skills to play 'Capture the Flag'


Our author this term is Edward Lear. We will be reading lots of poems by him and discussing his style.



Useful wesbites


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Class Notices




We do PE on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct kit with names on all items.

Reading Books

These will be changed on either Monday or Wednesday. Your child will know which day is their day and whether they are in Lemon or Lime group. Reading books will only be changed when the book can be read fluently and understood and it is signed by an adult. If you require two books per week please ask. Children are encouraged to read at home at least 3 times a week. This is important to ensure they progress well throughout the year.


Spellings are given out on a Friday and are tested the following Friday. Please help your child to practise and learn their spellings each week. Encourage your child to write the spellings and also to put them in to sentences to ensure that they understand the words meaning.


Homework is given out on a Wednesday and needs to be returned on a Monday. This gives  the children plenty of time to complete the work set and also opportunity to ask the teacher for help if required.