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, Hail Mary and Glory Be.
Our RE programme is called Come and See. It is an invitation for children to ‘Come and See’ the wonder of all that is within them and beyond them.
This half-term, our first topic is Spread the Word in which the the children learn about Pentecost and spreading the gospel message through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Our next topic is Rules in which the children understand the need for rules in the Christian family.
We will be exploring a variety of writing styles this half term. The children will also do some non-fiction writing about fossils and write poems based on The Ning Nang Nong by Spike Milligan.
There will be a continued focus on grammar and using the correct language to precisely identify different types of words e.g. noun, adjective, verb and adverb. We will continue to work 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: statements, questions, commands and exclamations.
The children will be encouraged to use adjectives and ambitious vocabulary in their writing to gradually build up the length and quality of their writing. There will also be an increased emphasis on the correct and consistent use of punctuation in all of their writing. Spelling is very important and children will need to be able to spell an increasing range of words with accuracy and consistency. We will also work on using a range of interesting words to begin sentences.
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. They will use their reading skills to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to gain understanding from what they have read. We will continue to develop comprehension skills and work on answering inference and deduction questions.
In our phonics we will be revising Phase 5 and continuing to work on Phase 6, exploring the use of prefixes and suffixes. The children will also practice blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. The sounds that the children will be learning during the week will be posted on Google Classroom on the previous Friday and the children will have a ‘spelling quiz at the end of the week.
In maths, the children will learn about Measurement: Length and Height. They will learn to measure length and height accurately to the nearest centimetre using a ruler or tape measure and measure larger objects in metres. They will learn to tell the time and do further work om Mass, Capacity and Temperature. We will also further develop the work we have done on the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes.
The children will continue to learn skills and strategies to develop their knowledge of + and -, x and ÷. They will be apply their knowledge to solve problems. The children will be encouraged to show how they got their answers and to carefully check their work.
As scientists we will be learning about living things and their habitats. We will carefully investigate and observe the plants and animals around school and learn about different local and global habitats. The children will classify and sort information and describe how plants and animals obtain their food using the idea of a food chain.
The children will work on algorithms. They will input instructions so that a computer can solve a problem or get something done.
The children will develop their knowledge of history by learning about the the Stone Age. We will be learning about the nomadic lifestyle of hunters and gatherers, what is meant by pre-historic, Skara Brae and Stonehenge.
Art and Design
We will be exploring the work of Van Gogh and recreating some of his famous works of art. The children will produce their own version of The Sunflowers.
The children will use their voices expressively to sing songs and speak chants and rhymes.
This half term our PE focus is athletics and ball skills.
The children do PE on Monday and Wednesday.
The children are expected to read daily.
Spellings are posted on Google Classroom on Friday and there is a quiz on the following Friday.
English and Maths homework is posted on Google Classroom on Friday and should be returned on the following Monday.