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Rainbow Room

The move from the Blue Room to the Rainbow Room also takes our boys and girls from the Lower to the Upper House of the school. It marks the beginning of a new phase in the children’s education, in which they are given new chances to represent the school and are expected to set a good example for the younger boys and girls.

Our Rainbow Room children, for example, are allowed to take part in the school’s swimming gala and join the swimming squad. They are also able to attend the school disco for the first time and get to enjoy IT sessions with a specialist teacher in our Apple Mac suite.

From an academic point of view, the Rainbow Room also represents a significant step up. We supplement the usual literacy and maths homework with ‘reasoning’ workbooks, for example, so that the children have a thorough grounding in the kind of thinking skills required for future success.

Below you can find links to download and read documents about life in the Rainbow Room, including a letter from the classroom teacher, our weekly timetable, an overview of our curriculum, and the latest spelling lists. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Rainbow Room Curriculum

The expectations for your child are that by the end of the Rainbow Room they are able to:

  • Understand number and place value of numbers to the 1,000’s.
  • Understand the rule of multiplying and dividing by the 10’s and 100’s family.
  • Place numbers in sequential order.
  • Make estimations and round numbers to the nearest whole number.
  • Understand the difference between negative and positive numbers.
  • Understand multiples.
  • Work confidently with all types of fraction and convert them.
  • Work confidently with decimals and convert them to fractions and vice versa.
  • Adopt different mental strategies to aid problem solving.
  • Understand different methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Understand remainders in division problems.
  • Be able to double and halve numbers mentally and at speed.
  • Know all times tables up to the 12’s.
  • Recite the times tables at speed and with no hesitation.
  • Understand the value of money in pennies and pounds.
  • Understand all aspects of measurement: length. capacity, mass.
  • Know the difference between area and perimeter.
  • Be able to read the time in hours and minutes.
  • Understand how to read to 12hr and 24 hr Clock and understand the role of each.
  • Recognise all 2d and 3d shapes.
  • Know how to reflect shapes in certain lines of symmetry.
  • Plot co-ordinates, understanding the role and difference of the axes on a graph.
  • Record different pieces of data on a variety of graphs including bar and linear.
  • Understand how to record other data on other charts, including pictograms and tally charts.
  • Use a protractor to assess, estimate and record angles.
  • Know the different types of angles.
  • Follow directions using compass directions.

Grammar and Punctuation continue throughout the year and covers verbs, adjectives, nouns, adverbs, homophones, homonym indirect speech, speech, tenses, synonyms, antonyms, metaphors, connectives, comparisons, the imperative, suffixes, prefixes and the silent E.

Speaking, Listening and Responding

  • Choose and prepare poems and stories for performance, identifying appropriate expression, tone, good use of voice.
  • Explain and present information as a project, giving clear instructions and explanations for viewpoints and opinion.
  • Consider the opinions of others and offer coherent reasons for their agreement or disagreement.
  • Identify key sections of a debate, noticing how the language changes accordingly to develop specific ideas and contexts.
  • To relate stories and experiences coherently and persuasively, using and adapting a wide vocabulary to reinforce ideas.

Group Interaction and Discussion

  • Be actively included in class discussions and activities.
  • Develop their language to offer opinion, support, and reflection of feelings in any situation or group session.
  • Have a desire to interact with the whole group and not just close friends.

 Word Recognition, Decoding (reading), Encoding (spelling)

  • To be able to break words into syllables and chunks of sound according to the vcv rules.
  • To recognise basic and familiar sight words and have developed a strong vocabulary and bank of words.

Word structure and Spelling

  • To spell medium and high frequency words, using knowledge of phonics and morphology to spell new and unfamiliar words.
  • Recognise a range of suffixes and prefixes, understanding how they change the structure of words and their meaning.
  • Know and apply known and taught spelling rules.
  • Develop a series of strategies for learning and decoding new, unfamiliar and more challenging words.
  • Be confident enough to experiment with the spellings of words which are not phonetically obvious.

Understanding and Interpreting Texts

  • Identify the main points of a text and make appropriate notes.
  • Identify the relevant sections of a text which may support a hypothesis.
  • Deduce meanings from character’s behaviour within a text.
  • Explain why characters behave in certain ways and make predictions about how they may behave in the future.
  • Understand how and why different texts are organised by exploring a wide range of literature, including newspapers, magazines, books etc.
  • Understand why some texts and pieces of writing will appeal to some and not others.
  • To be able to adapt their ideas to embrace different styles.
  • Explain how some authors use language to reinforce their ideas and bring life to their stories.

Engaging and Responding to Texts 

  • Share with their group their ideas for writing different pieces.
  • To be active in class discussions regarding different styles of writing.
  • Identify certain features of texts writers use to draw the readers’ attention.
  • Explore texts on a deeper level to write more personal and challenging pieces.

Creating and Shaping Texts

  • Use a beginning, middle and an end to write narratives, which are sequenced logically and have a purpose.
  • Adopt different text types to write persuasively.
  • Develop and refine ideas when using planning and problem solving strategies.
  • Use appropriate settings and characterisation to draw the readers’ attention.
  • Use language imaginatively to develop the mood or to add humour or suspense.
  • Use graphics to explain a process of thought through mind mapping and brainstorming ideas.

Text Structure, Organisation, and Punctuation

  • Organise texts into clear and obvious paragraphs to distinguish between different information.
  • Use adverbs and adjectives for powerful effect.
  • Use nouns and verbs for clarity and impact.
  • Clarify and reinforce ideas by using a variety of sentence structure-phrases, clauses and connectives.
  • Use the apostrophe, commas, other punctuation marks with confidence, revealing an understanding of their role and place. 

Presentation

  • Use correct formation to join letters.
  • Develop accuracy and speed when using key boards to type.
  • Write consistently with neat, legible writing.
  • Use ICT skills to develop different font styles when typing to enhance presentation.

Autumn Term

Solids and Liquids

Spring Term

Friction / Moving and Growing

Summer Term

Habitats

Autumn Term

The Middle Ages

Spring Term

Inventions

Summer Term

The Tudors and Elizabethans

Autumn Term

Islands

Spring Term

Rainforests

Summer Term

Continents