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The Circus

Video Prospectus
In Spring 2 our topic was
The Circus

Please CLICK HERE to see our Circus role play.


This half term the children will focus on Fantasy stories. We will be reading a number of fantasy stories such as ‘Man on the Moon’, ‘Here come the Aliens’ ‘Mungo and the spiders from space’ and ‘Whatever Next’. We will also be exploring film clips and making predictions. The children will be able to predict possible events in a narrative based on their experiences of other texts.  They will be able to re-tell a fantasy story and ask and answer questions about it, discuss main characters and events; identify key events and create a plot pattern. We will then progress to creating our own story maps / mountains / plans with the events in order; respond in role as a character and discuss characters and character’s feelings.  The children will be encouraged to orally retell their innovated story. They will then progress to creating their own short narrative based on a story plan using focus skills and text features.

We will then move on to exploring ‘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’, ‘Oranges and Lemons’, ‘Row row row your boat ’and ‘Ring a ring of roses’. We will also be exploring the meaning behind the different traditional rhymes.  


Children will begin the half term covering 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 division.  We will focus on 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 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. This will progress to measurement of time where the children will be encouraged to think about the sequencing of events linking to stories such as ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’. Children will finally have the opportunity to compare, describe and solve practical problems for time (quicker, slower, earlier, and later).


This half term we will be exploring the topic of ‘Animals, including humans’. The children will learn that humans have bodies with similar parts and will be encouraged to label the common parts of the body. They will learn that humans have 5 senses and that animals including humans grow and change as they get older. They will make observations and comparisons of height and will test to see if their predictions were correct. The children will explore that humans belong to the animal group and have the opportunity to match adult animals to their young.


The children will follow this unit by continuing to learn about the Seasons. Our focus will be ‘Spring’’ and the children will observe the changes that occur during Spring as well as looking at how the weather changes during the Spring season.


This unit will begin by looking at Easter – New life and changes. We will begin by exploring spring and discussing new life and then we will move on to reading the Easter Story both from the Bible and story books.  We will compare the story with new life at spring time.  We will look at how Jesus died as well as the feelings of those around him. We will make links with the resurrection and new life cycles.


This half term the children will explore the history of the circus; this will be done through a variety of sources. The children will look at the life and times of famous circus entertainers and artists as well as exploring the history of travellers. The children will look at similarities and differences of circuses in the past to those of today. 



This half term we will be focusing on ‘Keeping safe’. During circle time. We will discuss how we feel safe and how we keep ourselves safe, people who help us keep safe and finally being safe in different situations. This will be achieved through lots of discussion. 

Art – Collage

Children will create images of the circus by using a variety of media e.g. photocopies, material, fabric, crepe paper etc.  They can create a circus setting by arranging and gluing materials to different backgrounds. The children will have the opportunity to understand colour, texture and shape.  

Computing -  E-safety 

This half term the children will be covering E-safety. This will involve understanding that they can find a range of information on the internet. Children will have the opportunity to navigate age appropriate websites as well as learn what to do if they find something inappropriate online. They will also be taught that the internet can be used to communicate with other people, to use the internet purposefully to answer specific questions and to know that not everything on the internet is true. 


This half term we will be focusing on ball skills. This will involve exploring a variety of equipment, understanding tactics, as well as practising throwing, rolling and receiving equipment. The children will have the opportunity to develop co-ordination in striking and throwing skills. The children will also be taught how to understand how their bodies feel during exercise.  


This half term we will be exploring ‘In the Groove’. 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.