Key Stage 1
Our theme for this half term is ‘Aliens’. In English we are exploring the text Beegu We will be writing in the first person as we compose our own diary entry from Beegu’s perspective. We will consider her feelings at various points in the story and record these using an emotion graph. Children will be extending their skills by spotting and correcting mistakes as well as up levelling pre written sentences before up levelling their own writing. We will finish the term by designing and creating an information poster about Beegu’s home planet.
In Maths this half term the children will be working on developing a greater understanding of numbers to 100, thinking about place value, how the numbers compare to each other and how to use the hundred square effectively. They will then revisit number bonds to 20 to ensure they have a secure foundation for the addition and subtraction that comes later in Summer 1 to be built upon. The children will also be encouraged to develop their reasoning skills through carefully selected challenges.
In our topic lessons In Science we will be learning all about Plants and growing. We will look at what plants need to grow, the different parts of plants and which plants grow in our local area. The children will visit the National Gallery where they will explore how artists have used plants as a stimulus.
In year one children will be provided with a reading book and the children can change these books on a weekly basis. We would encourage you to read with your child every night and talk to them about what they are reading. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.
Our learning this term will be based around the theme of explorers and explorations. We will begin the term by researching the life of Christopher Columbus and the significance of his discovery. We will use all of this information to write a biography of the key events of Christopher Columbus’ life. We will also be using the text “The Great Explorer” as a stimulus of our writing. We will write a third person narrative based on the exploration but we will use our imaginations to change the character, setting and some of the key events.
In maths this half term the children will be focusing on statistics. They will be reading, making tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. The children will be practising answering and developing their own questions. They will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and recognising their properties. They will count vertices on 2D shapes, identify lines of symmetry and count faces/edges of 3D shapes.
In our topic lessons the children will be looking at key equipment that explorers need in a survival kit. They also be developing our map skills to help us navigate to a range of places. In science, the children will continue to explore living and never living things, focusing particularly on the arctic habitat. They will Identify what a habitat is and map the plants and animals within it. The children will describe and compare different habitats around the world by looking at the plants and animals that live within them and where in the world they are.
In year two children will be provided with a reading book and the children can change these books on a weekly basis. We would encourage you to read with your child every night and talk to them about what they are reading. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher. We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.