Children will begin by exploring ‘Recounts’, this will involve reading and comparing simple recounts, discussing and contrasting recounts with narrative texts as well as discussing the common features of recounts. The children will have the opportunity to sequence a set of events and justify opinions based on evidence in the text. They will then move on to orally composing a recount and sequencing events using time connectives, children will then plan how to write their recount using a storyboard. Through modelling the children will see the change from oral composition into written composition with sentence writing reinforced. The children will eventually move on to creating group animated recounts of the growth of a seed with written captions recounting events.
The next unit this half term will focus on ‘Stories with repetitive patterns’ this will include looking at a range of stories such as ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and ‘The Angry Ladybird’ and making predictions on what they have read. The children will have the opportunity to discuss the main characters and events; respond in role as a character and infer character feelings.
Children will then be able to create their own story maps / plans with events in order; respond in role as a character and infer character feelings and orally re-tell their innovated story. Finally children will be able to write a story with a repetitive pattern which includes text features and focus skills.
Children will begin the half term by recapping 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.
We will focus on Measurement; comparing, measuring and describing length, height, mass and weight using standard and non –standard units as well as solving practical problems. The children will continue to develop their mathematical language – fewer, more than, less, than, most etc as well learning to read, write and interpret addition + Subtraction - and Equals =
We will also look at shape; recognising and naming common 2D and 3D shapes as well as counting and money; recognising the value of different denominations of coins and notes.
Finally, we will cover Multiplication and Division; adding and subtracting one digit and two digit numbers to 20, recalling and using doubles and halves of all numbers to 10 as well as solving one step problems in multiplication and division.
Science – Plants.
This half term we will be exploring the topic of ‘Plants’. The children will be able to identify and name a variety of common plants, including garden plants, wild plants and trees, and those classified as deciduous and evergreen. The children will also be able to identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including roots, stem / trunk, leaves and flowers. The children will be encouraged to work scientifically by thinking about where the most plants grow in the school grounds. As well as exploring if all plants have roots, stem / trunk, leaves and flowers. We will also continue to look at our Seasons unit and explore Spring.
Geography - Weather
This half term we will be looking at ‘Weather and weather patterns’. We will begin by naming the four seasons in sequence that occur in the UK, identify seasonal change by studying information on temperature, rainfall, wind speed and direction and daylight. We will explore if the weather is identical across all parts of the UK. We will research what a weather forecast is and how it can be helpful to us and finally investigate how we can record the weather in our school grounds and if there are differences in different parts of the school grounds.
This unit will begin by looking at the Nativity story and discussing the arrival of the Wise Men after Christmas (Festival of Epiphany). We will then focus on ‘Jesus the Son of God’ this will give the children the opportunity to explore through the different stories how Jesus as the Son of God helped people. We will look at the stories of Jesus meeting and healing people and use these stories to emphasise that we believe Jesus was a man but he was also the Son of God.
This half term we will be exploring ‘Rhythm in the way we walk’ and ‘The Banana rap’. This is in the style of ‘Reggae’ and ‘Hip Hop’. 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 Gymnastics. The children will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills including performing basic actions; travelling, rolling, jumping and climbing. Devise, repeat and perform short sequences, Use the apparatus safely as well as managing space safely and an awareness of others.
Computing – Digital Literacy
This half term the children will be looking at Digital Research. They will learn about going online safely and search for information linking to our plants topic. They will understand how to keep information private, create their own work and finally send their own email to communicate with people.
Design and Technology - Food
This half term we will look at exploring ‘Food’. The children will be encouraged to design their own healthy snack for a garden picnic. They will then make the healthy snack and evaluate their creation before being encouraged to make it again and think of ways in which they could improve it.