Our English lessons this half-term will be focused around the topic of Explorers. The two units that we will be studying will be ‘Stories by the Same Author’ and ‘Non-chronological reports’. During the fiction unit, we will learn to use apostrophes for contracted forms e.g. don’t, can’t, wouldn’t, you’re, I’ll. We will use subordination for time, e.g. build on when and extend to other time connectives: while, as, before, after. The children will learn to use past tense for narrative and will plan and discuss what to write about, e.g. story mapping, collecting new vocabulary, key words and ideas. The children will write about fictional events, learning to proofread to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
During the non-fiction unit, we will use subordination for reason, e.g. build on because and so, extend to other reason connectives; if, then, for, unless. The children will learn to use present tense for non-chronological reports. We will plan and discuss what to write about e.g. text mapping, collect new vocabulary, key words. Children will use specific text type features to write for a range of audiences and purposes e.g. to inform. We will write about real events, editing and improving their own writing in relation to audience and purpose.
In our unit on money, children will recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p). They will combine amounts to make a particular value. Children will find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. They will add and subtract money of the same unit, including giving change. Children will also solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money. Children will calculate mathematical statements for multiplication (using repeated addition) within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×) and equals (=) signs. In our work on addition and subtraction, children will Show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot. They will recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently and derive and use related facts up to 100. We will add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and ones; a two-digit number and tens; two two-digit numbers; adding three one-digit numbers.
In our unit on multiplication and division, children will learn that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot. Children will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers. They will understand the connection between the 10x multiplication table and place value.
During this half-term, we will continue to explore uses of everyday materials. Pupils will be taught to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. The children will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
Our Geography unit is called ‘Around the World'. In this unit, children will be able to locate Europe on a world map and identify some of its countries and features. We will then locate Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, South America and Antarctica. Once located, children will explore the features and characteristics of China, Kenya, USA, Brazil, Australia and Antarctica.
ART AND DESIGN
Our topic this half-term is ‘Easter – How do Symbols help us to understand the story?’ The aim of this unit is to give children an understanding that symbols are pictures or objects with a deeper meaning and a story to tell. Children will extend their knowledge of the details of the Easter story. Key questions will include;
· How do symbols help us to understand the meaning of the story?
· What do you think this means?
· Why is Easter the most important festival in the Christian calendar?
· What has saving people and rescue got to do with Jesus and Easter?
In our online safety work, children will learn to use technology safely and respectfully. They will learn to recognise situations involving content and contact that are not safe, (e.g. in emails, text messages, videos) and know where to go for help. Children will learn to minimise screen, turn off the monitor, or use back buttons to return to the home page if anything inappropriate appears on the screen.
Games - In this unit children will focus on improving the quality of their movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching. They will also learn to develop their balance, agility and co-ordination. They will participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
A fantastic selection of games to improve numeracy skills at different levels.
Phonics Play: http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm
Great games to practise phonics spellings! Click on the appropriate phase down the left hand side.
Gordon's games: http://clg.coventry.gov.uk/clg/info/64/primary_maths/75/gordon_main_link_in/?adminID=7&preview=ac0af8ab170b3e929f24c7f89e5c10c7&expire=1294231558
An excellent collection of interactive games to improve mental maths skills.