Happy New Year! We trust you have had a restful break and that the children are ready and raring to get back to school! Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. 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.
Miss Dean and Miss Wood
Learning Challenge: Who Started the Great Fire of London?
Our next topic is going to be all about the Great Fire of London which is led through History and Art. In week 3, an arts practitioner will be coming in for the day to run a ‘Fire of London’ workshop where the children will build a model of London and then experience the sights and smells of a real fire as they set alight their construction. Children will also gain a practical and valuable understanding of fire safety. The children will also have the opportunity to hone their baking skills by making their very own bread. We introduce the topic by learning all about what the concepts of ‘history’ and ‘the past’ actually mean. The children will be making a timeline of key events from their own lives. They will also learn about the main events surrounding the Great Fire and will explore how it affected London through lots of drama activities. In art, the children will be learning how to effectively mix different colours to create a fire background, and create a silhouette skyline of London in the foreground.
The children will begin by generating lots of vocabulary in order to write their own fire-based poetry. Then, we will be gaining a deeper understanding of what happened at the Great fire of London in 1666 by writing diaries in the role of eyewitnesses. The children will also become real-life news reporters and create films using the iPads. They will report the events of the Great fire on the day it happened! They will work in groups to write a simple interview and practice their speaking and presenting skills to create a realistic and professional news report. We will revisit ‘talk for writing’ with a new story called ‘The polar bear and the snow cloud’. The children responded really well to this last half-term so we are excited to see how they progress as we revisit this fun and engaging writing method.
Weekly guided reading sessions will begin where a small group works with the teacher to read a book together. The children are now reading with more confidence and fluency and are able to answer simple questions about the text. This half-term, we will be focusing on developing the children’s comprehension skills. The children will be given a range of retrieval questions and will be expected to write their answers down, i.e. ‘Where did Mum put the football?’ They will also begin to answer simple inference questions, i.e. ‘Why do you think she put the football there?’ The children will need to think carefully about the context of the story to help them answer. Keep reading at home and enjoy those bedtime stories together! Encourage your child to make predictions as you read or to talk about the parts of the story they liked best.
Phonics lessons will continue to take place four times a week. We will be learning a range of alternative graphemes for phonemes already taught, such as the igh phoneme which can also be spelt as ie or i_e (as in kite). We will continue to learn to read and spell our reception tricky words and also a range of new tricky words. The children have really enjoyed consolidating their learning of phonics and we are looking forward to this continuing.
In maths, the children will begin by returning to addition and subtraction within 20, ensuring they are confident with different styles of calculation. They will be using lots of physical resources to help them really understand what the + - and = really mean and how to work out missing numbers, wherever they appear. We will then return to place value, this time focusing on numbers up to 50. We will be ordering numbers, finding one more and one less and consolidating that two digit numbers are made up of 'tens' and 'ones'.
In science, we are learning about the human body, drawing and labelling the basic parts. We will be thinking about the five senses and which body parts these are associated with. To experience working scientifically, we will carry out open-ended investigations about our bodies, such as ‘Do boys have bigger feet than girls?’ Are older children always taller? Is your height the same as your arm span?’
In R.E, the children will learn about what it means to belong to a church or mosque. They will learn what they might see in a mosque or church building, and what the people do when they go there. They will learn that churches and mosques are special places for the people who go there.
In PSHE, the children will learn about keeping themselves safe and managing risk in different situations. They will learn about personal safety, keeping themselves safe in familiar situations and they will learn about people who keep them safe outside their homes.
In PE, the children will continue to develop their gymnastics skills through jumping, rolling and travelling in different ways on the floor and using apparatus. They will progress to creating and performing movement sequences individually and in pairs. The children will also develop their catching and throwing skills through simple attacking and defending games.
The children will be having lots of fun learning a range of nursery rhymes and action songs. They will learn to sing at the same time as moving to the beat. They will also start to use classroom instruments to play different beats and rhythms. The children will also listen to a variety of songs from different genres focusing on the themes of family and friendship.
In computing, the children will learn about online safety. They will learn how to become a good online citizen and how to recognise age appropriate websites. The children will learn what information is personal and how to keep this information private online.
Art and Design and Technology
These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.