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This term’s curriculum
We are following the RE programme Come and See. It is an invitation for children to ‘Come and See’ the wonder of all that is within them and beyond them.
Our first topic is Beginnings. We will explore how God was present at the beginning of the World and is present in the many different beginnings each day offers.
We will then move onto the topic of Signs and Symbols where we think about the meaning behind the signs and symbols of Baptism. We will spend a week learning about Judaism before moving onto the topic of Preparations when we will learn about how Advent is the time when we prepare to celebrate Christmas.
The children will explore different types of writing including stories, poetry, letter writing and non-fiction.
We will be working on conjunctions (a word that joins two or more phrases together e.g. but, so, because, however).
We will also be learning about the four different types of sentences that there are: statements, questions, commands and exclamations.
We will be revising adjectives, nouns and verbs.
The children will also be learning about tenses ( which show the time of an action or a state of being as shown by a verb), specifically the present tense and the past tense.
Throughout the week the children will be heard to read individually and in guided reading groups. We will be reading a range of texts: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The children will use their knowledge to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to make sense of what they have read.
In our phonics sessions we will revising alternative spellings in Phase 5 in the Letters and Sounds scheme. At this stage the children will be learning more graphemes and phonemes. They will also move on to adding suffixes for example ing, ed, er….
The children will also practise blending for reading and segmenting for spelling.
The sounds that the children will be learning during the week will be sent home on Monday and the children will have a ‘spelling quiz’ on Friday.
This term the children will build on skills learned in Year 1.
The children will develop their knowledge of place value and have an understanding of what each digit represents. They will continue to work on part-whole models to explore how tens and ones can be partitioned and recombined to make a total. They will order numbers and objects and use the <, > symbols to show the order of numbers.
The children will be developing their knowledge of + and -. They will be learning different methods to solve addition and subtraction problems such as blank number lines and partitioning and recombining. They will use concrete resources to help justify their answers. The children will be encouraged to solve problems and explain how they got their answers. They will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively to develop their number and problem solving skills.
We will be learning about money and will count amounts and explore different ways of making the same amount.
The children will continue to work on multiplication and be introduced to division. Throughout the work that we do the children will be encouraged to solve problems and explain how they got their answers.
In science the children will be carrying out their own experiments and developing the scientific skills of observing, predicting, measuring, fair testing and recording in a variety of ways.The children will also be learning about the differences between plants and animals. They will be learning that all animals need food and water to stay alive and that they need a variety of food and drink to enable them to grow.
They will learn to recognise and sort the basic food types and know that they need right amounts of different types of food to be healthy.
They will also explore the importance of exercise to stay fit and healthy.
The children will be developing their keyboard skills and creating their own powerpoint presentation. We will be focussing on using specific keys such as the enter button to drop down a line, the Caps Lock button to insert capital letters and the backspace and delete buttons. If you have computer access please encourage your children to practice their skills.
Children will be using a range of painting tools to create pictures. They will continue to work on saving their work and correcting any mistakes.
We will be exploring human and physical features of the seaside. The children will be able to extract information from secondary sources. We will be looking at maps and creating our own.
The children will be putting on their detective hats this half term to find out about a significant historical event; The Great Fire of London.
The children will ask questions in order to find out about the fire and then use different sources to find the answers. They will be learning about the events of the great fire and show it on a timeline.
In music the children will play musical instruments and create musical patterns. They will use their voices expressively by singing songs and performing chants and rhymes.
Art and Design
The children will be creating still life pieces by recording from first hand observation and experience. They will explore how to create tones and tints by experimenting with changing a colour by adding white or black.
The children will be making a mixed media collage. They will explore collage techniques to create a Fire of London picture, including the use of light and dark to create tone and using tissue paper as a medium.
They will also design and make a pinch pot and decorate it using ready mixed paint.
The children will be practicing and developing their throwing and catching skills in order to make up games with a partner or small group.
In gymnastics the children will be learning all about balance. They will be working on poses and the ability to link them to create sequences on the floor and on different pieces of apparatus. Our aim will be to create performances linking a sequence of 4 movements with control and fluency.
In Sycamore Class the children will do PE on Monday and Thursday.
In Lime Class the children will do PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The children are expected to read daily.
Spellings are given out on Monday and there is a quiz on Friday.
English and Maths homework is given out on Friday and should be returned on the following Monday.