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Our topic this half term is ‘Weather Experts’
Religious Education is central to all that we do and Collective worship and celebration are an essential part of this. Please pray with your children at home and help them learn the school prayers and the Our Father.
Our RE topics this term are Belonging and Waiting. In ‘Belonging’ the children will discuss how we all ‘belong’ to certain groups and how we are all part of God’s family through the sacrament of Baptism. After Belonging, our new topic will be about ‘Waiting’ which is linked to advent. They will be thinking of occasions they have waited for and they will learn that Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for Jesus’ birth.
The children will be doing lots of reading as a class, in a group and individually. They will be reading a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction. They will be learning to read lots of new words on sight and use their phonic knowledge to sound out new words. They will be encouraged to develop their comprehension skills by retelling / discussing texts they have read, predicting what might happen in a story and begin to make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
The children will be constructing exciting sentences using adjectives and building up their use of punctuation. They will also be using conjunctions (joining words) to extend their sentences. The children will have opportunities to write creatively during story writing sessions using all the skills they have learnt so far (adding adjectives, conjunctions and using punctuation correctly).
Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation
The children will learn how to use ‘and’ ‘because’ ‘but’ and ‘so’ to join words and clauses.
They will be learning how to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark and add adjectives to make their writing more interesting.
The children will be recapping Phases 2, 3 and 4 and starting Phase 5 in the next few weeks. Spellings will continue going home this half term.
We will be looking at the place value in numbers (eg 27 = 20 + 7), simple addition and subtraction problems and also our number bonds to both 10 and 20. We will also be looking at money and the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. The children will be encouraged to articulate the strategies they have used to work out their answers.
In Science, the children will be developing their scientific skills by asking questions, observing closely, carrying out tests, identifying and classifying ad gathering and recording data.
The children will become ‘Weather Experts’. We will be observing changes across the 4 seasons and observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.
Art + Design
In Art we will be looking at repeated patterns and printing our very own patterns by using different objects. We will also making Christmas cards and calendars by printing our designs from polystyrene tiles and finishing them off with a Christmas themed pattern.
The children will be developing their balancing skills by developing their coordination and balancing skills by practising how to balance on the smaller and bigger parts of their bodies. They will also be continuing to improve their throwing and catching skills.
The children will have a morning music session every Wednesday with an external music teacher named Mrs Hoskins. To ensure this maintains with the Covid-19 guidelines with music in schools, the class will be split in half for this. They will learn how to use their voices creatively and expressively by singing a variety of topic related songs and they will have opportunities to play instruments musically.
Physical, Social, Health Education (PSHE)
This half term in PSHE we will be covering the following topic: Say no to Bullying. Please discuss this topic with your child at home.
We look forward to an exciting half term ahead! 🙂 If you have any questions please do not hesitate.