This term, we will be looking at significant people that have changed the world we live in today. We will be looking at famous explorers and adventurers throughout history, from Marco Polo to Neil Armstrong; discussing how the innovation of technology has enabled their exploration.
We will be learning the following key vocabulary:
In Maths, we will be focusing on the use of number lines, comparing and ordering numbers to 50. The children will also cover measurement, using standard and non-standard units, as well as starting to explore mass and volume. By the end of the term, we will begin to look and multiplication and division, starting with counting in 2s, 10s and 5s. We will be using a variety of resources to help us learn, such as the tens frame, bead strings, rekenreks, number lines and counters.
In PSHE, our focus is on who keeps us safe. We will be learning about who is our trusted adult, how we can respond in an emergency and what to do if you are lost. These discussions are to help the children feel confident and comfortable and respond safely to situations.
With our Sports Coach, Mr Corcoran, the children will develop the basic skills required in invasion games such as sending, receiving and dribbling a ball. They will develop their understanding of attacking and defending and what being 'in possession' means. They have the opportunity to play uneven and even sided games. They learn how to score points in these types of games and how to play to the rules. They work independently, with a partner and in a small group and begin to self-manage their own games, showing respect and kindness towards their teammates and opponents.
In Science, we will be exploring plants. The children will be learning about how plants grow successfully, the function of different parts of plants and what they need to survive. We will also be comparing the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees and focusing on the changes around the season moving from Spring into Summer.
We are continuing our daily Phonics lessons using the Sounds-Write scheme, focusing on identifying sounds and embedding that practise into our reading. 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.
Through our English journey this term, we will be focusing on our personal journeys through the story of ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go! written by Dr Seuss. This light-hearted story has a meaningful message about the importance of seizing new opportunities, keeping an open mind and trying new things. The writing outcome for this term is to write a setting description and to write a narrative. They will be immersed in descriptive language whilst opening their eye’s to the world of vocabulary; diving into activities including sensory walks, and drama workshops with techniques such as hot seating. We will continue the development of our sentence writing skills, making sure we include the features needed within a sentence to make our work the best it can be. The children will learn how to map out their ideas using mind-maps, progressing onto storyboards before publishing their work.
The area focus of DT this term is textiles. The children will be stepping into the wonders of puppetry and will be learning to make their own puppets through the story of the Colour Monster. They will be learning to join materials using 3 specific techniques: pinning, stapling & gluing as well as designing and decorating their own puppets ready for use.
In RE, we will be exploring the sacred books of Christianity and Islam. The children will begin the topic by bringing in their own special books, and exploring the meaning of ‘special’ and why their books are special to them. We will later delve into the Bible and the Qur’an and their sacred meanings among Christians and Muslims. We will be exploring how both sacred books are used as guidance in the day-to-day lives of their respective communities. Using our prior knowledge, we will discover the meaning of forgiveness through the story of ‘The Unforgiving Servant’ and having respect for all using the story, ‘the Crying Camel’.