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 Lanaway and Miss Sprakes
Learning Challenge from week 3:
Would you rather visit Yorkshire or the Swiss Alps?
Our learning challenge has a focus on geography; encouraging the children to become confident with identifying continents of the world, then progressing on to countries. Throughout lessons, we will be focussing on comparing Yorkshire and the Swiss Alps. Initially, we will use atlases to find where continents are on a world map and then home in on countries, counties of the UK and capital cities. The children will then be immersed into the Swiss Alps, through a tasting session of Swiss produce and their own research. We will learn about physical and human geography by carrying out investigation of both places, using a variety of sources. When comparing Yorkshire and the Swiss Alps, we will look at how the locations are similar and different in physical and human features. We will also learn about mountains and compare these in both regions. The children will research why tourists would visit each area based on its features.
The reading focus this half term will be on Non-Fiction texts. The first four weeks will be based on ‘The Secrets of Stonehenge’ and we will finish the term with ‘Stone Age Boy’. The children will also continue to read a variety of their own texts continue to practise their recall, retrieval and inference skills. We expect the children to be reading regularly at home, as this boosts progress alongside the teaching we do at school. In writing lessons, children will begin the term by writing a Non-Chronological Report about the Stone Age. The children will be using their learning from their reading and topic lessons to provide facts and basic information. For the final three weeks, children will invent a new toy and write a persuasive letter to Santa to try to convince him to make it in his toyshop. The grammar for this term will focus on sub-headings and headings as well as recognising when it is appropriate to start a new paragraph. We will also look at common misconceptions when it comes to spelling, recognising the difference between ‘their, there and they’re’ and ‘was and were’. Our spelling this term begins with the ‘ow’ sound spelt ‘ou’ and ends with spellings that have the prefix ‘re’. Each week, children will be taught a new spelling rule and these will match up with the activities on Spelling Shed.
Our main focus for this half term in maths will be addition and subtraction. We will spend time looking at different ways to add and subtract whilst using equipment and visual representations to ensure that children understand the concepts behind addition and subtraction, before moving on to more formal written methods. Later on in the half term we will move onto multiplication and division. The children will recap their understanding of recognising, making and adding equal groups for multiplication as well as exploring dividing through sharing into groups and grouping. Our main multiplication focus this half term will be our 3 times tables. Regular chanting and practice of this at home on Times Tables Rockstars, as well as at school, will help to ensure your child is fluent.
This term in Science, our new topic is 'animals including humans'. The children will look at different food groups and distinguish what nutrients their bodies need from each group. They will also look at the structure and purpose of the human skeleton, being able to identify the names of bones and muscles.
In PE this half term, we will be learning the skills necessary to play a game of Handball. We will practise our throwing and catching, attacking and defending skills as well as agility and coordination and teamwork and tactical awareness. As well as Handball, children will also learn the fundamental skills needed in order to play a game of football. They will work collaboratively to keep possession of the ball by passing accurately as well as learning how to control the ball and pass it unchallenged.
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 it means to belong to a group.
This half term in music, the children will be continuing to learn to play the ukulele as well as matching rhythm patterns using instruments and body percussion.
This half-term in French, the children will find France on a map and will learn some facts about France. They will learn numbers 0-10 and how to greet others, including asking questions and responding to these questions. They will learn some classroom instructions too. The children will take part in a range of activities and will learn some songs too to help to reinforce new vocabulary.
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.