For the Planning overviews for the term for each year group see the 'Current Studies' page under the relevant section of the website.
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During the Summer term PSHCEE lessons from Reception to Y6 will include Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Brabyns is pleased to be using an up-to-date resource called, ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Primary Schools,’ a comprehensive and inclusive resource for teachers and other professionals working in a primary school. It is produced by the Christopher Winter Project. You can find a link to the schemes of work below. Each link provides an overview for each class, and examples of the vocabulary to be introduced and used. If you would like to know any more about the learning that will take place please contact your child’s class teacher, who will be happy to explain further.
The aim of the Spelling Bee is to promote Spelling within the School and support the children's learning and progress in spelling. The words the children will be challenged with are taken from the following age appropriate most frequently used word lists:
You may wish to work with your child/children on learning or securing their spelling of these words. They will also continue to study the words in School as appropriate.
Some Handy Hints
Most importantly, use the words in context so your child/children understand their meanings
Discuss derivations, prefixes, suffixes etc as appropriate
Write them on Post its and stick them round the room
Colour chunk them
Cut them into pieces and rebuild them
Let the child test you
Paint, draw, collage, build, handwrite, imprint them
Look for other words hidden within them
Use Scrabble or Bananagram tiles etc to create them
Write them on steamy windows, sand, flour etc
Write them incorrectly for your child to recognise the error and correct it
Spend time practising the words in different environments – we would love to see your ‘extreme spelling’ photographs, please email email@example.com
Reading really is amazing, and is the key which unlocks the door to education. In a bid to improve the children’s reading skills, a new Guided Reading policy was introduced at the start of 2017/18. The purpose of the policy was to further enhance our teaching of reading, especially in terms of encouraging, developing and extending independent reading skills. Read the latest Guided Reading Policy here.
We know that parents like to help their children however they can. Please find the following suggested questions and activities, which support Guided Reading. These questions and activities will be beneficial for developing your child/children’s independent reading skills.
Learning Pit – We often talk to the children about being in the ‘Learning Pit’ when they are working and this is a journey for them to climb out of to develop their understanding and in doing so they may make mistakes. Copies of this are up in classrooms and a copy of it can be viewed here.
My assemblies so far this term have focussed on children’s “Individual Liberty”, with the children reflecting on their aims for the year (Click here) who their heroes are and how they can be a hero and honesty. I use my assemblies in various ways to get messages and morals over to the children and more importantly to give them the chance to discuss and form their own opinions to help them make the right decisions in life. The base of the assembly may come from religious (incorporating different religions) stories from the past, stories I find or make up to support a point with the emphasis always to get the children to think for themselves. They also incorporate British Values.
The honesty assembly this week linked in to the Senior School exam process and was based around the moral: is it is best to do something fairly to the best of you capability, than to cheat and be awarded a prize. My final question for the children to ponder is below – it brought up some interesting thoughts! Chat it through with your child/ren.
You are asked to complete a project on Victorians as a group of 4, with the main success criteria being teamwork and all contributing fairly. 2 of you are much more knowledgeable than the other 2 so do all the work. When you hand in the project Mr Higgins the teacher gives you all 20 House Points.
Questions we then discussed were - Is this fair? Is it cheating? Who is the cheat? Should you own up?