Here is an overview of some of the things your child will be learning this half term in the different areas of learning. The topics we choose are heavily led by the children’s interests and usually encompass several areas of learning. For this reason, the topics will change to reflect the direction the children wish to take their learning. This half term we are going to be following the children’s interest in monsters and fairy-tale stories. A trip to the Rainbow Factory has been arranged where the children will have the opportunity to explore fairy tales through art, crafts, drama and storytelling.
If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.
Mrs Bennett and Miss Heslop
Understanding of the world/ Speaking & listening:
As part of our topic this half term we will be learning about a range of countries and how they are different from where we live. We will also look at the weather and how it changes through the year. We will link this topic to an investigation of materials looking at which materials are waterproof and warm to design clothes for different weathers.
We have now learnt all of the phase 3 phonic sounds. Children will spend the rest of the year learning to use these more extensively within their writing. They will also continue to learn the phase 4 tricky words and continue to practice reading and writing four sound and polysyllabic words from phase 4. We have seen some great progress this half term and we are excited to see the even more amazing progress with the continued support from all of the parents and carers at home. In class the children will be engaged in writing through weekly writing challenges promoted throughout the classroom environment, work in busy books, daily phonics sessions and small group guided writing activities. We are also encouraging the children to write more extensively writing multiple sentences along the same theme. Within our topics on monsters and fairy-tales the children will be accessing stories through songs and dances which will allow them to remember the story to enable them to write their own stories with a beginning middle and end.
This term we will be consolidating our knowledge of addition, subtraction, doubling and halving. This will be done using physical resources like counters and objects. We will also spend time recapping our measuring topics looking at how we measure length, weight, capacity and time in everyday life. Children will get the opportunity to use these skills to measure plants in the garden, make magic potions and weigh bags of magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk. We will also be looking at how to partition numbers in different ways to increase our number sense of the numbers 1-20. E.g. 10 can be split into 6 and 4. This will also help them later when they come to learn number bonds to 10 and 20.