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During our English lessons this half term we will be looking at a variety of different texts relating to our topic theme of Day and Night, including some stories about Monsters! We will also be reading a selection of poems relating to Bonfire Night and the senses. We will use these texts as a basis to develop writing that is creative and descriptive; focusing on what we can see, hear and smell around this time of year. We will also be looking at predictable and patterned language and using this to write our own poems.
In Phonics we will be introducing children to phase 5 including the alternative spellings/pronunciations for sounds in words. We will also be practising reading and spelling high frequency words.
In Maths we will continue to develop number fluency by looking at doubling and halving numbers. We will then progress to learning about measurement. We will use rulers and other measuring implements to measure different objects around the classroom and discuss measurement within a real life context.
This half term our topic will be Day and Night. We will be reading night time stories linked to the theme of light and dark and looking at poetry linked to Bonfire Night. In Art we will be developing our colour mixing techniques to create darker and lighter tones of colour. We will be exploring how artists such as Van Gogh depict night time and sunset in their paintings. In Geography we will be observing how day length varies in different parts of the world. We will be learning why some countries around the world have day and night at different times. In Science we will be learning about different sources of light and we will be exploring the senses in the context of what we can see, hear and smell around bonfire night.
Mrs Grey will continue to teach Music. This half term children will continue to recognise styles, find the pulse and recognise instruments. We will learn how pulse, rhythm and pitch work together. We will continue to play the Glockenspiel. We will sing Christmas songs and prepare for our Nativity performance.
In RE we will be answering the question – Why do we celebrate special occasions?
Our PE days this half term are Tuesday and Thursday. But please make sure PE kit is kept in school as we will also be participating in competitive sporting afternoons competing with Year 2! Please could you ensure that hair is tied up and jewellery removed on our PE days.
During our English lessons over this half term, we will be reading a selection of texts relating to our topic theme of ‘A Wonderful World,’ starting with The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. We will use this as a basis to develop our writing and sentence structure. We will begin by writing lists, labels and captions before moving on to sentences and looking at stories with familiar settings towards the end of term.
As part of our Phonics learning, we will be revising sounds made by two or three letters that were taught in Reception and practising reading and spelling phase 3 and 4 high frequency words.
In Maths we will be going back to basics and looking at place value and counting and ordering numbers. Following on from this, we will complete a range of practical activities linked to addition and subtraction. For example, adding amounts by combining groups of objects and using the number line to support counting on from a given number.
This half term we will begin our topic titled ‘A Wonderful World.’ We will link this topic to the places children have visited over the summer. In Geography, we will find out about places that people visit, the different types of transport used and the type of activities people do on holiday. In History we will learn about transport and the first aeroplane flight. In Art we will be looking at the work of the artist George Seurat and use his work as inspiration to create our own paintings. At the start of term, I would like the children to think about some questions they would like to have answered over the course of this topic; children are also very welcome to bring in any souvenirs or postcards from the places they have visited over the summer to share in class.
In RE we will be answering the question – Why are stories important?
Our PE days this half term are Tuesday and Wednesday morning. But please make sure PE kit is kept in school as we will also be participating in competitive sporting afternoons competing with Year 2!
- On a Friday your child will bring home the phonics sounds and high-frequency words which have been taught during the week. Please practice these as often as you can.
- You will also receive talk homework on a Friday which will let you know what we will be learning the following week. This may include some key questions which can be answered in the homework book.
- Suggested additional homework will also be available.
- Please can homework books be handed back in on the following Friday.
Our Class Agreement
We will always show respect for everyone and everything.
We will always look after things in our classroom and share these with each other.
We will always choose kind words to say and use kind hands.
We will listen to adults and other children.
We will take turns to speak and put our hands up.