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 Smith & Miss Lanaway
Learning Challenge from week 3: When is a mummy not a mummy?
This learning challenge question is a continuation of the Autumn 1 Stone Age topic for the first 2 weeks. Then the children will begin their exciting new topic all about Ancient Egypt! They will dig 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.
The reading focus this half term will be on Non-Fiction texts. The first two weeks will be based on Stone Henge. The children will be reading a variety of information texts and newspaper reports about this topic and will 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, the first three weeks will be based on writing a Non-Chronological Report about Stone Henge. The children will be using their learning from their reading lessons to provide facts and basic information. For the final four weeks the children will be studying the features of a Newspaper before writing their own based on Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun. The grammar for this term will focus on multi-clausal sentences using a variety of conjunctions. We will also learn how to vary sentence openers using pronouns and time conjunctions. 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 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, as well as at school, will help to ensure your child is fluent.
Our new unit in RE is called, ‘What is Spirituality?’ This unit explores the concept of spirituality and focuses on creative ways in which spirituality may be demonstrated. The unit offers opportunities for the children to experiment with and experience a range of creative arts as they explore how religious communities and individuals express beliefs and emotions.
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 recorder 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 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.