We are starting this half term by learning Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’. The children will make changes to the text and eventually write their own version. We will then write a newspaper report based on a character from the story.
Later in the term, we will focus on the story Beegu. We will have lots of writing opportunities from this story and the final piece will be based on what happens before the story starts. When looking at non-fiction, we will write a letter to Beegu and design our own alien. This will lead to us writing a new story about our own alien. Alongside this, we will look at rhyming couplets and performance poetry.
Our focus this half term will be multiplication and division. We will be using lots of resources and visuals to ensure that children have a good understanding of what the symbols mean.
We will then move onto shape, where we learn about 2d and 3d shapes and their properties. We will finish the term by learning about fractions: recognising basic fractions and finding fractions of an amount.
You can help your child with this at home by counting together and practising their times tables and number bonds to 10.
This term we will be focusing on geography.
During the first half term we will be learning about different continents and oceans around the world. We will learn the names of the continents and the oceans which surround them.
In the second half term we will learn map skills, focusing on the local area.
Children will continue to develop their understanding of how to stay safe on the internet. We will also be developing programming skills and using ICT to present information.
Art and Design Technology
In the spring term this year we will be using paint and pastels to create winter flowers; charcoal to make observational drawings of plants and flowers to link with science topics. In D&T we will also be using clay to sculpt a common British wild flower.
We will be practising the skills needed to help us use these materials and other resources to create different artistic effects.
Over the spring we will be thinking about why some stories are special and talking about
why Jesus is important. Children will learn about the parables 'The Good Samaritan' and 'The Unmerciful Servant'.
We will be learning about plants and animals including humans.
Throughout these topics, we will be looking at different types of plants and what plants need to grow, using the skill of observation. We will also look at habitats and how they are different for different animals and why.
Please ensure that you are listening to your child read every night and signing their reading record. Children will be given reading stars every time they read 10 times. For every 50 reads children will be rewarded with a book.
Each week, they will have a range of topic activities to complete. They can choose which activity they would like to complete in their homework book. As well as this, they will have a maths sheet to complete.
Please encourage and support your child with their homework.