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Polar Regions

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Polar Regions


The first unit this half term will focus on Information Text – Instructions. The children will learn the importance of instructions and think about how / why and where we may use them. The children will have the opportunity to follow instructions and then in turn create their own. We will link to our topic by writing instructions for making a warm drink, much needed for when the children are in their igloo!

Children will then begin looking at stories by the same Author. We will read a range of fiction stories by Jill Murphy such as ‘Whatever next’, ‘Peace at last’ ‘Five minutes peace’ and ‘Mother knows best’. The children will be able to identify the characters, settings and events in the story. Through role play and hot seating they will be able to respond in role as a character as well as begin to think about a characters’ feelings. The children will begin to re-tell the stories orally as well as begin to understand the features of a simple narrative text. We will begin to create our own story maps with events in the correct order and this will enable the children to plan their own stories, orally retell them and then finally construct their own short narrative based on their story map.

Our final unit this autumn half term will be poetry learnt by heart. The children will have the opportunity to explore a range of poems by listening to and discussing different poems.  They will also begin to appreciate poems and rhymes as well as learning several by heart.



Children will begin the half term by looking at 2D and 3D shapes, they will be given the opportunity to name and explore the different shapes, commenting on the properties of each shape. They will then move onto sequencing and sorting, they will be creating repeating patterns using objects, numbers and shapes. They will also begin to learn about odd and even numbers. The next unit will be fractions and exploring a whole, half and quarter of shapes, objects and quantities, this in turn will lead to looking at capacity and volume.

The children will be using money enabling them to recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes. They will also have the opportunity to solve simple one step problems that involves addition and subtraction.

Next we will be exploring Time, the children will be encouraged to sequence events in chronological order using language such as: before, after, first, next, today, yesterday, tomorrow etc. Finally we will look at days of the week, months of the year as well as learning about seconds, minutes and hours.  



This half term we will continue to explore ‘Materials’ and make links to our ‘Polar regions’ topic.  Through investigations using a variety of materials the children will continue to be able to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will be able to identify and name a variety of everyday materials including plastic, glass, wood, metal, rock etc and describe the properties of the materials e.g. bendy, rough, shiny, and soft. The children will be able to compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple properties as well as working scientifically by performing simple tests to explore questions.  We will compare the materials and widen our vocabulary by discussing the different properties. We will link to our topic by observing changing materials such as water into ice etc.  The children will also explore the Season of Winter, this will be achieved through winter walks and lots of practical activities.



This half term we will be looking at ‘Toys’. We will begin by looking at similarities and differences between toys such as what they are made from, if they are electronic / not electronic etc?  We will look at Toys from the past looking at the origin of certain toys. We will also have a special visit from a Grandparent who will be talking about the toys that they used to play with when they were little. We will then use that as a focus to compare toys from the past and today and create our own timeline of Toys.




This half term we will be looking at ‘Hot and Cold areas of the world’ and we will link to our Polar regions topic. The children will have the opportunity to identify the Equator and North and South Poles as well as list the countries that the Equator passes through. The children will then explore what the weather is like at a place near the Equator as well as what the weather is like at a place near the North and South Pole. Finally the children will look at how the weather in the UK compares with the weather at the Equator and North and South Poles.




The children will begin the half term by exploring ‘God and Creation’, this will give the children the opportunity to develop their perceptions and understanding of God as well as providing opportunity for reflection on feelings of awe, wonder, delight and mystery in relation to the natural world.   We will then move on to Christmas and explore why we give and receive gifts at Christmas.  The children will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the true meaning of Christmas by exploring the concept of Jesus as a gift. We will look at the thoughts and feelings associated with giving and receiving gifts.                               




This half term will be spent practising lots of exciting songs for our Christmas Nativity performance.




The children will continue to be participating in ‘Dance’ as part of our PE unit this half term. This will include exploring, remembering, repeating and linking a range of actions with co-ordination and control as well as learning how to express themselves through Dance. The children will also explore moving around the hall safely as well as being aware of others. We will link our dance unit to our topic by imitating how polar animals move.


Computing – Digital Research

This half term the children will continue to save, store and retrieve work in an appropriate area and use keywords and websites to find out information and answer questions. The children will have the opportunity to research Polar regions using the internet. They will also have the opportunity to use a range of digital devices to capture both still and moving images as well as accessing a range of tools.




This half term we will look at relationships.  This will cover a wide range of topics for discussion including relationships, personal growth and change, families, personal safety and emotions and feelings.




DT – Mechanisms, sliders and levers.

This half term we will look at designing and making a moving picture. This will be linked to our topic Polar regions. The children will generate ideas based on a simple design criteria and explain what they could make (design), they will then select and use tools, explaining their choices to cut, shape and join paper and card (make). The children will then evaluate their product by discussing how well it works in relation to the user and the purpose, they will be encouraged to know and use technical vocabulary relevant to the project. (Technical knowledge and understanding).