The Speech and Language Base
Welcome to The Base!
We hope that you have had a wonderful summer break and that you are looking forward to the term ahead. We are very excited to welcome you all back and especially to welcoming our new pupils in Year 3 and Year 5.
The Base Team
Mrs. Kenny (Base leader)
Amanda Felstead (Teaching Assistant)
Suzanne Welham (Teaching Assistant)
Jen English (Teaching Assistant)
Heather Elliott (Mainstream support)
Sally Dove (Mainstream support)
Josh Haig (Mainstream support)
Archie Taylor (Mainstream support)
During this first half term we will be making potions in our instructions unit as well reading and writing both stories and poems in English lessons. In Maths we will be exploring number as well as revisiting addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In our word learning sessions, the children will each be learning vocabulary related to the topics they are studying in their home classes.
Dates for your diary
Wednesday 12th September
3.45pm - 4.30pm
Home Learning Support
Come into school to find out how you can support and extend your child's learning at home with practical help available for Bug Club and My Maths. (For our new parents, these are online resources that your child will be able to access and engage with at home).
Thursday 12th October
9.30 - 10.15am
Harvest Festival - Come and join us to celebrate the traditional festival of harvest. Any donations nearer the time will be gratefully received.
Tuesday 14th November
2.30 - 3.45pm
Meeting for parents of children in the Base.
(Focus to be confirmed).
Friday 8th September 2017
We have had a lovely first week back in The Base. Amongst other learning we have been thinking about e-safety. Here is a picture of the class charter we have signed. You might want to revisit it with your children at home. Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday 14th September 2017
This week we have been learning about instructions. Yesterday we made some potions to help us to generate some fantastic vocabulary that we can use when we write our spells tomorrow. We all had a lot of fun!
Friday 22nd September 2017
This week we have been writing poems about Autumn, using our senses. Today each child performed them in front of the rest of the class. Everyone did a great job of keeping their voices nice and loud and using fantastic actions and expressions. Ask your child to perform their poem for you this weekend. Here is one performance that we all loved. Have a great weekend!
Friday 29th September 2017
We came to the end of our addition and subtraction unit today and answered word problems using different methods we had learnt throughout the unit. Ask your child which method they like to use best when solving addition and subtraction word problems and why. Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday 5th October 2017
In Friendship Group today we took it in turns to guess small plastic animals that were hidden in a feely bag. The children could feel and peek at the animals and then had to describe these animals to their friends without saying the name of the animal. They were very good at feeling the animals and describing exactly what they could feel. Everyone managed to guess all the animals. Have a go at practising this with your children using different objects from home.
Friday 13th October 2017
This week in The Base, the children have completed some fantastic learning about inverted commas. Ask your child when you need to use them. We will be writing stories next week as we come to the end of this unit and I am sure I will see lots of inverted commas in their writing. Enjoy the weekend!
Friday 20th October 2017
This week we have been writing our own stories at the end of our English unit. The children used Clicker6 to help them to write their stories and then today they wrote them up thinking about how perfectly we could present our learning. The children in The Base have worked hard this half term to improve their handwriting. Ask your child about their story, can they tell you who their main character was and what they bought? Have a lovely half term and see you all in a week.
Friday 3rd November 2017
This week in The Base we have been learning to tell the time on an analogue clock. You can see from the picture above some of the vocabulary we have used. Some of us have been challenging ourselves to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. You might like to ask your children the time this weekend to help them to consolidate their learning. Have a lovely weekend!
Friday 10th November 2017
This week we have been learning about units of measure in Maths. Please take the time to point out any units of measurement that you may see this weekend to your children. You can look at the time on an analogue clock together and look at what units of measurement you spot on the sides of any food or drink containers. Happy hunting!
Friday 17th November 2017
We have been learning about fractions in Maths this week, from halves and quarters up to non-unit fractions (2/3, 3/4, 3/8 etc). Next week we will be learning about equivalent fractions and solving fraction problems.
Thank you to all those parents who were able to attend the Open Afternoon on Tuesday. It was great to receive your feedback and lovely to see you learning about some of the Base resources from your own children. I hope you found it useful. Have a lovely weekend!
Thursday 23rd November 2017
We have had an exciting few days trying to solve the mystery of the theft of the round diamond. We wrote crime reports in English yesterday and today we solved Maths problems to collect letters for a clue to who the culprit might be. Once we had solved all the Maths problems we discovered our clue was the word 'female'. So we immediately knew it wasn't Mr. Haig! We found out who it was later in the day so ask your children if they haven't already told you. Please also remember that school is closed tomorrow for an Occasional Day. Enjoy the long weekend!
Friday 1st December 2017
For the last 3 weeks we have been learning about traditional tales and we have focused on Little Red Riding Hood. This week we have written our own versions and the children have used Clicker6 to write some fantastic stories full of descriptive detail. Ask them to tell you about some of the similes and noun phrases they used. Well done everyone for a great few days of writing. Have a lovely weekend!