Our English lessons this half-term will be focused around the topic of Pirates. We will use the novels ‘The Night Pirates’ by Peter Harris & Deborah Allwright, ‘Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs’ by Giles Andreae & Russell Ayto and ‘The Pirates Next Door’ and ‘The Pirate-Cruncher’ by Jonny Duddle as the basis of our work.
During the unit, the children will examine stories with recurring literary language. We will use a familiar story as a model to write a new story. Children will also take part in report writing, which will include assembling information on a subject, sorting and categorising information and using comparative language to describe and differentiate. The children will also compose list poems and calligrams. They will read list poems and write and perform their own versions and will write their own calligrams, based on single words.
In our grammar work, children will revise their learning from Year 1. We will focus on leaving spaces between words, joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’. We will focus on punctuating sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. We will revise using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’.
In our work on number and place value, children will read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words. They will recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number. They will identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations. Children will compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100 using the <, > and = signs. They will use place value and number facts to solve problems. Children will count in steps of 2, 3 and 5 from 0 and in tens from any number, forward and backward. Children will partition numbers in different ways.
In our work on measurement, length and mass, children will choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length / height in any direction to the nearest appropriate unit using rulers. They will compare and order lengths and record the results using <, > and =. We will choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure mass to the nearest appropriate unit using scales. Children will compare and order mass and record the results using >, < and =.
In our work on addition and subtraction, children will show that addition of two numbers can be done in any order and subtraction of one number from another cannot. They will recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100. Children will add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations and mentally. They will recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
Our final unit will be geometry. We will identify and describe the properties of 2D shapes, including the number of sides and line symmetry in a vertical line. Children will identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes and identify and describe the properties of 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and face. We will compare and sort common 2D and 3D shapes and everyday objects.
During the first-half term, work will focus on animals, including humans. In this unit, the children will notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults. We will find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival. The children will describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene.
Our topic in history is famous Queens. In this topic, we will explore the lives of queens in the past and present. We will learn what it’s like to be a queen and live in a palace. We will explore famous palaces in the UK and how they were used by queens. We will study Queen Elizbeth 1, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 11. We will explore their lives and accomplishments and find out about the lives of ordinary people during these reigns.
In our Geography work this half-term, the children will focus on developing their locational knowledge. Children will learn to name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans. They will also name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas.
ART AND DESIGN
This half-term, children will work on printmaking. We will learn how to make a block print. Children will understand that a print is a record of a surface and will learn to make prints on different types of surfaces. Children will also learn to create both patterns and pictures by printing with objects and will also learn about monoprinting and other printmaking techniques. Throughout this process, we will use pirates as our theme.
Our topic this half-term is ‘The Bible: Why is it such a special book?’. The aim of this unit is to widen the children’s understanding of the Bible, its contents, presentation and importance to Christians. We will look at and handle many different Bibles. Children will hear stories from both Testaments and know where to find they can be found. Key questions will include; Why is the Bible special? Why does the vicar think that the Bible is special? Which Bible stories do you enjoy? Why? Who uses the Bible? Why? The Bible is in two parts which are different. Why and how are they different?
This half-term, children will be working on programming. The children will learn to use an online program called ‘Hour of Code’. The program teaches the children how to use simple steps (blocks of code) to make things move, and how to use ‘When’ and ‘If’ commands. Simple debugging is also investigated and children are supported and encouraged to fix problems, if and when something goes wrong.
Games – Children will take part in rugby sessions this half-term. In this unit children will aim to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination. Children will participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
Dance – Children will also take part in dance sessions. Here, children will perform dances using simple movement patterns.
During this half-term, children will explore drug, alcohol and tobacco education. They will learn why people use medicines and know how medicines are distributed through prescriptions. Children will begin to understand that some people have medical conditions that result in them having to take medicines each day. Children will understand that all medicines are drugs and they can help you when you are ill. Children will also begin to recognise the people that they can trust and understand that not all drugs are medicines and these can be harmful.