This term we will be diving into the history of London: right back from the Roman creation of London, to the historic changes that impacted our capital city. We will be learning a brief history of who the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans were, how they invaded England and their influence on change and innovation. We will also be exploring some key events that changed London, including the Great Fire of London and The Blitz. This learning will be an introduction to the milestones in English history, which the children will develop and expand upon further, as they develop their historical knowledge. In relation to our topic, our core text in English is ‘Paddington’, which is the original story about a little bear who has travelled to London from Peru.
We will be learning the following key vocabulary:
- Capital city
In English, we will be focusing on descriptive writing. Using the iconic character of Paddington as stimulus, we will be describing his appearance, developing a range of creative vocabulary and using descriptive phrases within sentences.
In Maths, we will be moving on to subtraction within ten. Later in the term will we be focusing on geometry, recapping shape and looking at properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
In DT, we will be building structures. The children will be designing and making their own windmills, focusing on the product being fit for purpose, sturdy and suitable for the client. Expanding on their prior knowledge of mechanisms in term 1, the children will make a windmill that will house a mini-figure of their choice, can stand up without support and has a turbine that can turn in the wind. We will be combining many skills to develop a product that is targeted at the children’s chosen client.
In PE, pupils will develop their communication and problem solving skills in team building activities. They will work individually, in pairs and in small groups, learning to take turns, work collaboratively and lead each other. They will be given the opportunity to discuss and plan their ideas to get the most successful outcome.
With our Sports Coach, Mr Corcoran, the children will be doing gymnastics. Pupils will be given opportunities to select their own actions to build short sequences and develop their confidence in performing. Pupils can begin to understand the use of levels, directions and shapes when travelling and balancing.
In PSHE, we will be exploring healthy eating and lifestyles. The children will learn about what keeps us healthy, who can help us stay healthy and changes we can make to promote a healthy lifestyle. We will also discuss the importance of personal hygiene and the effect of medicines on our health.
We will be reading a class text every week, where the children will practise listening, echo and choral reading. Please continue to read your child’s school book with them for at least 10 minutes every day. Please record all reading in their Learning Journals and tally up the reads for your child’s teacher to see. Our ‘Word of the Week’ will be shared via our newsletter on a weekly basis for you to practice speaking with your child at home.