Rainbow Room Term 1 2013


In the Rainbow Room this term pupils will all be learning about money.  They will be learning to sort and match coins, recognise that coins have different values and where they can be used.  For some pupils, money work will extend to counting change or making up amounts with different coins.  Pupils will all be continuing with work on addition and subtraction, including using number lines to jump on and back.   They will also be working on learning the order of the days of the week and months of the year, and we will be talking about routines and seasons.

Websites to explore:

Money- varying levels from easy to tricky: http://www.familylearning.org.uk/money_games.html

Days of the week: http://eyg.manicweb.co.uk/play/7/days-of-the-week.php

Addition and Subtraction: http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/interactive/

Number bonds: http://resources.oswego.org/games/ghostblasters2/gb2nores.html – try practicing bonds to 10, then 20, or even 100!


Our language-based topic this term is Pirates (one of my favourites).  We will be reading pirate stories together, writing our own ones and working on using describing words for characters and settings.   Pupils may be saying new phrases too, such as “Walk the plank” and “Avast ye scurvy landlubbers”, especially after we have all celebrated ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ on Thursday 19th September.  The aim is to talk like pirates all day, using pirate phrases and lots of ‘arrrring’.  It is a great deal of fun, but also an excellent way of helping quieter pupils to be more confident about using their voices and new words.  Pupils will also be looking at the history of pirates, famous pirates and pirate ships and treasure maps.  They will be making their own maps, and we may even bury some treasure!

In general, spelling work will involve pupils working on a small set of words/a sound throughout the week, with homework to reinforce it.  They will have opportunities in class to make the words using magnetic/wooden letters, write them in different ways, practice saying or finding them and play computer games with them.

Websites: Sounds: http://www.ictgames.com/phonemePopLS_v2.html

Sounds and one-syllable words: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-2-games.html

Longer/more tricky words: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/phase-4-games.html

Making sentences: http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/games/monkey/monkey.html

Reading and spelling games: http://roythezebra.com/

Health and Wellbeing

This term, as part of our Pirates theme, we will be looking at social skills – bullying (because Pirates weren’t very nice to other people), stealing, and using gentle hands and voices.  We will continue to work on feelings and how to be a good friend to others.  Pupils will all be participating in PE in their mainstream classes.

Just for fun:

http://www.poissonrouge.com/ – Very colourful general activities/games

http://funschool.kaboose.com/time-warp/pirates/ – Pirate games

http://www.kidspuzzlesandgames.co.uk/themes/pirates/ – Pirate printables

http://pinterest.com/familythemeday/pirate-fun-arrrrrrrrt-and-activities-for-kids/ – Simple pirate food, art and craft activties.

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