This half term the children will 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 Information texts, the children will have the opportunity to look up interesting words in Dictionaries and Encyclopedias by alphabetical order. We will discuss how books give more detail on a topic by examining covers, title, blurb and illustrations. The children will be given the task of creating a class dictionary or glossary of special interest words linked to our current topic. We will be discussing the difference between fiction and non-fiction. The children will research information on our current topic by using relevant books and will be encouraged to use a contents page to find specific information. They will also be taught how to scan a page to read subheadings, pictures and diagrams that might provide relevant information. Finally using the information they have found out, the children will create a class information text on ‘The Great Fire of London’ including all of the features found in an information text book.
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.
This unit will begin by asking the question ‘What is a Saint?’ The children will explore the stories of the lives of Saints and Jesus’ followers from the first Disciples to the present day. This will be done through drama, dance, art and discussion. We will spend time looking at the lives of people who have followed God’s call e.g. Mother Teresa and Desmond Tutu. We will also talk to a member of clergy or congregation about following Jesus today. The children will have the opportunity to explore the unit ‘What Matters Most?’ In this unit the children will be given the opportunity to consider what matters most to them and why. They will also look at the lives of other people and decide what matters most to them. The children will be asked key questions such as ‘what does God tell us matters most?’
The unit will begin by researching where London is and what it looks like, we will then look at what London was like in the past, houses / way of life/ people. We will explore what life was like in London and make comparisons to life today e.g. fire-fighters etc. We will then research and investigate how the Great Fire of London began and create a timeline of events. The children will be encouraged to ask questions such as ‘Where did the fire begin?’ and ‘why did the fire spread so quickly?’ We will discuss how we know so much about the Great Fire of London by looking at a variety of historical sources, this will lead us to look at Samuel Pepys and his diary writing. We will have the opportunity to practice diary writing of our own. The children will discover how London recovered from the Great Fire and finally to discuss what we have learnt from the event. The children are going to have a very busy and exciting half term learning all about our topic of ‘the Great Fire of London’.
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.
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.
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.