Maths: – see medium term planning
Mental maths – additional weekly tests to develop children’s mental ability for rapid recall and problem solving. Include investigative work at least every 2 weeks.
Tables Test- 2, 5 and 10 times tables will be tested weekly. Those who are secure to move onto the 3 an 4.
Reading –Children will read as part of a guided reading group weekly. They will read a range of books and have a particular focus during each guided reading session.
Big Writing – develop beginnings to stories, middles and endings. Improve the use of expanded nouns. To develop writing different styles e.g. diary entries, recounts, poetry, letters and descriptions.
Grammar, Punctuation – on going revision and consolidation of capital letters, full stops, commas, question marks, exclamation marks etc.
Weekly spellings – to develop children’s store of vocabulary. Each week follows a different spelling pattern. Common exception words to be tested also.
Handwriting – exercises to practise and improve letter formation, presentation. We will focus on writing words which we have been studying for our spelling focus.
Jesus at Prayer
Jesus at Prayer recalls the story of Exodus recorded in the book of Exodus. It focuses on the life and story of Moses and how he led the Israelites to freedom, under the direction of God. We will also look at the role Moses’ mother and sister played in his life.
Lent to Easter:
We will be understanding why Lent is an important time of the Liturgical Year for Christians and what we can do during this time of preparation. The children will be describing the events which took place in the Easter story and how this has an impact on our lives today.
Animals including Humans:
•What animals, including humans, need to survive.
•Identify the offspring of different animals.
•Identify and explain the life cycle of different animals, including humans.
•Describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.
We will identify parts of a seed and investigate what they need to grow. We will learn about the life cycle of a plant and compare how seeds and bulbs grow and mature.
Ask relevant questions; use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
Identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
Make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units; use a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.
Record findings use simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables.
Report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentation of results and conclusions.
The children will have the opportunity to gain a science ninja sticker. These focus on the key skills:
Following the Kapow scheme of work.
In ICT we will learn about ‘online safety.’ Children will learn how to keep safe online and to understand why sharing personal information is dangerous.
We will also look at ‘Data Handling’ and begin to read and record data using simple programs.
In History we will be learning about the Great Fire of London. The children will be learning to be ordering the events, answering questions and writing all about the historical events of London.
We will be learning about different climates of the world, locating them on a map and comparing and contrasting them to one another.
Children will have PE lessons on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit (a round neck t-shirt, not a polo shirt please) and that each item is clearly labelled. Children are not allowed to wear earrings during P.E. (it would be helpful if they didn’t wear them at all on these days).
In Art we will be learning different art skills. The children will be sketching, painting, using pastels and drawing from observation. Our topic this half term is ‘Pointillism ‘where the children will learn about the famous artist called George Seurat.
Following the Kapow scheme of work.
Spring 1: Baby Bear’s Chair
We will be looking at building stable structures.
Spring 2: Fairground Wheel
Design and create a rotating fairground wheel model.
PSHE- Following TenTen Life to the Full
Module 2: Created to Love Others
Created to Love Others explores the individual’s relationship with others. Building on the understanding that we have been created out of love and for love, this module explores how we take this calling into our family, friendships and relationships, and teaches strategies for developing healthy relationships and keeping safe.
Homework will be given out on Thursdays and will need to be returned to school for marking on Monday. Alongside homework it would be helpful to your child if you could help them practise reading and writing spellings given each week, reading and spelling common exception words and helping them practise the two, five and ten times tables (please note they must know these in sequence, mixed up and related division facts). Spellings and tables will be assessed weekly. Please not that additional work may be given to your child during the week to aid their learning.
Edward De Bono's six thinking hats
We continue to use Edward De Bono's six thinking hats to help us to organise our thinking and process or ideas. There are 6 hats and each has a different colour and so a different use or meaning. When children answer questions in class, each question will have a different colour hat attached to it. The diagram below shows you in better detail how we use them. Ask your children what hats they have used in their learning today!
Habits of Mind
The Habits of Mind are a collection of 16 thinking dispositions designed to help children develop their critical and creative thinking skills. Every week children are taught to use a different ‘habit of mind’ to help with their thinking and apply this to their work.
The children are now using visual tools in all areas of their learning. These tools help the children map out their ideas and organize their thinking.