Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. The Learning Challenge focus usually encompasses several curriculum 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 J Hellewell and Miss Harrison
Learning Challenge: When is a mummy not a mummy?
This learning challenge question is a continuation of our Autumn 1 Ancient Egyptian topic. The children will dig deeper into the history of Egypt, investigating why the Egyptians mummified their dead. They will also explore different pieces of Ancient Egyptian art work to understand the daily life during this period. We will also be finishing our DT project which will be showcased at our exhibition in week 3.
Writing and reading lessons will be planned around the theme of Roald Dahl’s The Twits. This engaging, funny book will grab the children’s enthusiasm for reading and give great opportunities for writing. Within reading lessons we will be practising our retrieval skills from last half term. The children will also learn to interpret information, inferring character’s feelings, thoughts and motives. We expect the children to be reading regularly at home, as this boosts progress alongside the teaching we do at school.
In writing lessons, we will continue to look at sentence structure, focusing on simple sentences and word classes. Children will become confident at using phrases and clauses and learn how we make a sentence using these grammatical components. They will then build on this knowledge and use a wider range of adjectives to make expanded noun phrases, select appropriate verbs and adverbs and play with word order to write a variety of sentence structures. The Twits will be used as a stimulus to write instructions and a narrative where the children will write for an extended amount of time.
The grammar for this term will focus on simple and compound sentences using a variety of conjunctions. We will also learn how to vary sentence openers using pronouns and time connectives. Children will continue to learn about word classes and how they affect sentences. We will also focus on words that the children often make mistakes with such as: is/are, a/an and what/that. In spelling, we will look at how to create adverbs by using the suffix -ly as well as continuing to practise words from the statutory spelling lists.
Our main focus for this half term in maths will be multiplication and division. We will spend time looking at different ways to multiply and divide. We will explore different ways to represent multiplication and division calculations and the relationship between them. We will use equipment and visual representations to ensure that children understand the concepts behind the calculations before moving on to more formal written methods. We will then extend our knowledge by using both mental and written methods to solve real life problems. We will extend our metal strategies to multiplication recapping our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Our main multiplcation focus this half term will be our 4 times table. Regular chanting and practice of this at home, as well as school, will help to ensure your child is fluent and ready to learn their 8 times table next half term! In addition, we will be consolidating addition and subtraction calculations through a range of real life problems and reasoning tasks.
In the first couple of weeks we will be finishing our RE topic about Judaism and we are visiting the synagogue to learn even more about the religion. Later on in the half term we will start the topic - ‘Who can inspire us?’. This unit will explore the concept of leadership and will be an introduction to Jesus, The Prophet Muhammad and Moses as important leaders for Christians, Muslims and Jews. They will learn about the characteristics of specific leaders, why they are inspirational and how they taught key elements of the faith through stories.
In PE this half term we will be examining the fundamental movement skills of balance and agility through gymnastics. We will be learning about static and dynamic balances and focussing on developing our core strength, which will feed into our ability to balance and move quickly in a controlled manner. Our other focus in PE will be Handball where we will improve our throwing and catching, attacking and defending skills as well as agility and coordination and teamwork and tactical awareness.
The children will be focussing on celebrating difference in PSHE this half term. They will learn what is meant by community, about how to value the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is means to belong to a group.
This half term in music, the children will be continuing to learn to play the ukulele with Miss Owen. In Music this half-term, the children will be learning more songs and playing a variety of games to help raise their awareness of pitch. They will be working on identifying known song-melodies and they will listen to music which displays particular variations in pitch.
This half-term in French, the children will be revising what they learnt last half-term through a range of songs and games. They will go on to learn how to ask questions and give answers related to name and age. They will learn the names of the nativity characters and will take part in a French retelling of the story. They will also have the opportunity to write letters to Père Noël, the French name for Father Christmas.
In Computing, we will be learning about Coding using the programme Espresso Coding. The children will refresh their skills that they learnt last year before beginning to use timings to sequence actions in their programmes. Towards the end of the half term they will use commands to make items appear and disappear.
In DT we will be getting into the festive mood by making a Christmas decoration for Father Christmas. The children will be learning all about the different processes that go into designing and making a product, from researching ideas, developing templates and mock ups to making a final product to meet specific design criteria. They will learn how to do a blanket stitch to join the felt pieces together and will decorate their bauble to make it look attractive and professional.