The Integrated Resource 2020/21

Hello and welcome to the IR!

A warm welcome to all our returning pupils and also to our new starters!

Staff in the Integrated Resource this year:

Miss Ambler - IR Lead

Squirrels

Mrs Aspinwall - Class Teacher (Mon - Wed)

Mrs Humphries - Class Teacher (Wed - Fri)

Mrs Crowther - Teaching Assistant

Miss MacFarlane - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Robinson - Teaching Assistant

Owls

Mrs Jasper - Class Teacher

Mr Rawling - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Walker - Teaching Assistant

Miss Spelten - Teaching Assistant (Mon - Wed)

Miss Shepherd - Teaching Assistant (Wed - Fri)

Staff supporting both classes

Mrs Myers - Teaching Assistant

Additional staff will sometimes support in the classes.

Summer Term

During the Spring Term our theme across the Integrated Resource will be 'Do You Believe in Monsters?'. Stories about monsters are a useful stimulus to help many children face their fears. Monsters are also good at igniting imagination.

"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." (Albert Einstein)

Literacy : Both Squirrels and Owls will once again be focusing on nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and time adverbials. The stimuli during this term will be the iconic, 40 year old story, 'Not Now, Bernard!' by David McKee and 'The Colour Monsters' by Anna Llenas. The aim by the end of this theme is for the children to order and retell the original stories. Some of the wise old Owls, however, will create their own version of the stories. As always, we will continue to explore the story through a range of sensory engaging activities such as painting, model making, role play, singing and dancing. Our finished product will be a wall display and a short video where we will showcase all our fantastic learning.

Maths : In maths, we will start the new term off by consolidating and building on our existing knowledge and understanding of number and their values. Some children will continue to work with numbers up to10 with the main focus being number recognition and matching. We will continue to count movable objects accurately from a group, demonstrating good 1 to 1 correspondence while remembering to stop at a given number. The rest of the children will work with numbers beyond 10, with the main focus being the value of each digit and where the numbers come in the number system when using a range of resources such as number lines and 100 squares. Each Friday the Owls will continue to develop their mental calculations by completing a 'Big Maths' challenge sheet.

As the term unfolds, we will transfer and apply our knowledge of number and mathematical language into every day, practical activities to help us develop our understanding of pattern. As always, this will be explored through and range of concrete, pictorial and abstract forms. Some children will focus on repeating patterns which will be explored by the use of colour and shape. Other children will focus on growing and shrinking number patterns where they will learn and understand new vocabulary such as increasing, decreasing, ascending and descending. In the Owls class, there will also be a focus on fractions, ranging from practical activities such as halving and sharing, to using mathematical operations to find halves and quarters of amounts.

Afternoon : In the afternoon we will be continuing with our 'Do You Believe in Monsters?' theme. To kick off the term we will transform into artists where we will investigate the concept of 'Pattern Art' from the 1970's. We will explore both natural pattern and man-made pattern and sort patterns into categories such as regular or irregular shape and repeating or random. Once we have developed our understanding of 'Pattern Art' we will design and create a piece of wallpaper using this concept.

As the term unfolds we will transform into engineers to design then create a robot using reusable and recyclable materials. In the later part of the term we will transform into computer animators where our end goal will be to retell the story 'Not Now Bernard!' in the form of a stop-motion animation. To help us understand how stop motion animations work first we will make thaumatropes, an optical toy that was popular in the 19th century. We will also make a flipbook animation as they too work due to the persistence of vision. Finally we will turn into gardeners where we will make and nurture a grass head emotion monster. During this term we will also celebrate the Islamic festival 'Eid'.

Spring Term

During the Spring Term our theme across the Integrated Resource will be 'Whose Footprints are these?'. It's amazing to think that fossil footprints of dinosaurs are still being found today. You never know what might be hidden in your back garden!

Literacy : Both Squirrels and Owls will once again be focusing on nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and time adverbials, using the book 'Thesaurus Rex' by Laya Steinberg as the stimulus. In the later part of the term, the stimulus will be the iconic, 40 year old story, 'Not Now, Bernard!' by David McKee.

The aim by the end of this theme is for the Squirrels to order and retell the original stories. The Owls, however, will veer off, firstly, to create an information text all about dinosaurs and secondly, to write a set of instructions of how to look after a monster. Their time machine adventure will take them to virtual museums and libraries where they can explore and find interesting facts about dinosaurs.

We will continue to explore the stories through a range of sensory engaging activities such as painting, model making, role play, singing and dancing. Our finished product will be a wall display and a short video where we will showcase all our fantastic learning.

Maths : In maths, we will start the new term off by building on our knowledge and understanding of numbers and their values. Some children will continue to work with numbers up to10 with the main focus being number recognition and matching as well as counting movable objects accurately while demonstrating good 1 to 1 correspondence. While others will work with numbers beyond 10, including counting in multiples of 10s, 2s and 5s with the main focus being the value of each digit and where the numbers come in the number system when using a range of resources such as number lines and 100 squares.

As the term unfolds we will transfer and apply our knowledge of number and mathematical language into every day, practical activities to help us develop our understanding of estimation and measure. This will be explored through and range of concrete, pictorial and abstract forms. Initially we will start with direct comparison which will then feed into developing more refined skills needed to use measuring instruments such as rulers, thermometers, measuring jugs and weighing scale. For the majority of Squirrels the main focus will be to read and order numbers on a range of scales up to10 whereas some Squirrels and all of the Owls will work with numbers to 10 and beyond as well as scales that increase in multiples of 10s, 2s and 5s.

Afternoon : In the afternoon we will be continuing with our 'Whose Footprints are these?' theme. We will transform into historians where we will take a journey through time to explore and compare both common animals that are around today and prehistoric animals such as dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, megalodons, and sabre tooth tigers.

After that we will undertake a range of activities to develop our observation and communication skills which will enable us to think like historians. This will be explored by sorting and grouping animals into different categories. In order to do this we will transform into palaeontologists and carry out archaeological digs and explore the school grounds using maps. We will learn how to use tools such as magnifying glasses, microscopes and the camera software installed on an iPad.

Continuing with the 'Whose Footprints are these?' theme, we will learn about the origin of the religious festival 'Chinese New Year' and learn how the animals got their order within the zodiac calendar. Finally we will conclude this term by celebrating Easter.

Autumn Term

During the Autumn Term our theme across the Integrated Resource will be 'Reach for the Stars!' Our emersion vehicle will be a cardboard box. It's amazing what adventures you can go on in a cardboard box!

Literacy : Both Squirrels and Owls will begin the year focusing on nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions and time adverbials, using the book 'Whatever Next!'' by Jill Murphy as the stimulus. In the later part of the term, the stimulus will be the Pixar animated short film 'La Luna'.

The aim by the end of this theme will be to retell to the original stories. Some of our Owls will also veer off to create their own version of the stories. Their cardboard box adventure might take them to the planet Mars, where they have a picnic with aliens or to Saturn where they have a picnic with robots.

We will explore the story through a range of sensory engaging activities such as painting, model making, role play, singing and dancing. Our finished product will be a wall display where we will showcase all our fantastic learning.

Maths : In maths, we will start the year off reminding ourselves of numbers and their values. Squirrels will initially work with numbers up to10 with the main focus being number recognition and matching as well as counting movable objects accurately while demonstrating good 1 to 1 correspondence. Owls will work with numbers to ten and beyond, with the main focus being the value of each digit and where the numbers come in the number system when using a range of resources such as number lines and 100 squares.

As the term unfolds we will transfer our knowledge of number to help us develop our understanding of addition and subtraction in both pictorial and concrete forms. We will then move on to exploring, naming and grouping 2D and 3D shapes through a range of practical activities.

Afternoon : In the afternoon we will be continuing with our 'Reach for the Stars' theme. Initially we will be taking a journey through time to explore and compare different air transportation vehicles such as space rockets, aeroplanes, helicopters, and hot air balloons from the past, present and future.

After that we will undertake science investigations to develop our understanding of light and total darkness. This will be explored by investigating a range of materials in terms of their reflectiveness. In order to do this we will use light omitting objects such as torches with the aim to recognise and understand that the sun gives out light but the moon reflects light.

Continuing with the space theme, we will learn about the geographical features of our planet earth such land and water and begin to understand the purpose of our natural satellite 'the moon'. Finally, in the later part of the term, we will celebrate Diwali, the Hindu religious festival of light.