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The Great Fire of London

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The Great Fire

        of London


This half term the children will continue to explore ‘Traditional Rhymes’ the children will be taught the poems that have been handed down from parents to their children over many years. We will focus on traditional rhymes such as ‘London’s Burning’ and ‘London’s Bridge is falling down’ which links nicely to our topic. We will also be exploring the meaning behind the different traditional rhymes. 

We will then move on to Non Chronological Reports. This will provide the children with the opportunity in week 1 to; draw together ideas and information from across a whole text, using simple signposts in the text. To explain organisational features of texts, including: some are in alphabetical order, layout, diagrams, captions, hyperlinks and bullet points. To explain their reactions to texts, commenting on important aspects. To explain ideas and processes using imaginative and adventurous vocabulary and non-verbal gestures to support communication.  Week 2 will see the children selecting from different presentational features to suit particular writing purposes on paper and on-screen, To use planning to establish clear sections for writing. To use appropriate language to make sections go together and to redraft work to improve it, both on paper and using ICT.  Finally in Week 3 the children will write their own non-chronological reports.


Children will begin the half term covering Measurement including length and height / mass and weight. The children will record in both standard (m, cm, g, and kg) and nonstandard units. We will move on to mental addition and subtraction facts in the context of measurement. The focus will be on number bonds within 20 including adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20. We will revisit Number and Place Value including reading and writing numbers from 1-20 extending to 100,  ordering numbers to 50 and identifying one more and one less and ten more and ten less. We will also continue counting in multiples of twos, fives and tens. The children will have the opportunity to use practical equipment to represent numbers as well as identifying tens and units.

 The children will move on to Addition and Subtraction statistics where we will revisit our number bonds to 20 and adding and subtracting one digit and two digit numbers to 20. We will also be solving simple one step problems involving addition and subtraction using objects, pictorial representations and missing number problems.

Once again we will revisit Capacity and Measurement, comparing, describing and solving practical problems involving capacity and volume.  The children will measure and begin to record capacity and volume using non-standard and standard units (ml and litres).

We will revisit fractions including whole, halves and quarters of a shape, object or quantities, before moving on to position, direction and time.   The children will focus on half, quarter and three quarter turns and revisit time by telling the time to the hour and half past the hour. The children will draw the hands on the clocks to show these times

We will also look at shape; recognising and naming common 2D and 3D shapes;

Science – Plants.

This half term we will be continuing with the topic of ‘Plants’ focusing on ‘Deciduous and Evergreen’ trees.  The children will be able to identify and name a variety of Deciduous and Evergreen trees. They will have the opportunity to sort the trees into the two categories as well as describing what ‘Deciduous and Evergreen means’.  We will then be identifying the basic structure of a tree by going out onto the school field and using labels to identify the different parts of a tree. We will be participating in lots of summer walks to help us complete this unit.  


The children will explore the Great Fire of London by comparing London in the past to modern day London. We will explore how the Great fire began and also the problems that led to the fire spreading throughout London. The children will learn to research the Great Fire using different historical sources as well as explore Samuel Pepys through role play and drama. The children will think about why the fire spread so easily and how they would create a safer London by designing their own new houses. The children will create their own timeline using the events from the Great Fire of London.

RE –

This unit will begin by looking at the stories of the lives of Saints and Jesus’ followers from the first Disciples to the present day.  This will be done by exploring stories through drama, dance, art and discussion. This will enable children to begin to understand the concept of being a follower of Jesus.


This half term we will be exploring ‘Round and Round’.  All of our work in this unit will focus on this one Bossa Nova Latin style song. The children will have the opportunity to explore; pulse (steady beat), rhythm (long and short sounds), pitch (high and low sounds), tempo (fast and slow), dynamics (loud and quiet), timbre (the character of the sound), texture (layers of sound) and structure – how the sections are ordered. The children will listen and appraise, take part in musical activities and finally perform.   


This half term we will be focusing on Athletics. The children will explore running including running, walking, sprinting, starting from different positions and running over obstacles. Jumping including different take-offs and landings, jumping from height and exploring different body shapes in the air. Finally Throwing including push throws, two and one handed pull throws, one handed rolling a ball and one handed fling throws.

Computing –

This half term the children will be exploring how to; understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. Create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

Design and Technology - Food

This half term our focus will be ‘Bring on Breakfast’. The children will explore a range of breakfast foods including whether they come from a plant or an animal.  Think about what makes a healthy breakfast, create a fruit kebab and design their own healthy breakfast. They will then make their healthy breakfast for another class and evaluate it, commenting on how they could improve it.