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Spring 2

 

In English we will be reading ‘Flat Stanley’ over a number of weeks and writing our own stories and character descriptions based on this. We will be reading ‘Never Tickle a Tiger’ and writing letters linked to this. We will also be reading some non-fiction linked to the life cycles of plants and writing non-chronological reports linked to this. We will be learning to spell words with different suffixes and how to spell plural nouns.

 

In Maths we will finish off our topic on Pictograms before moving on to Solving Maths Problems using addition and subtraction, decision making and the bar model method. We will then be learning about Money. The children will be reviewing concepts on writing and counting money. They will learn to show equal amounts of money and how to exchange money. They will be using bar modelling to calculate the totals and change. Then we will move on to 2D shapes. The children will learn about their different properties, how to draw shapes and make patterns with shapes. They will learn to turn shapes using familiar language and how to discover lines of symmetry.

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Our Science topic this half term is 'Plants'. We will be investigating what plants need to grow and be healthy. We will be naming the parts of a plant. We will be growing our own seeds and observing how they change over time. We will also be finding out about the different flowers and trees that are growing in our local environment.

 

In our Geography topic, we will be finding out about the contrasting locality of Africa. We will find out what life is like in a traditional Ugandan village and compare this to our lives in the UK. We will be exploring maps to find out what countries make up the continent of Africa as well as finding out about the weather and landscape of African countries.

 

During our Computing lessons this half term, we will be using a program using a program called 2 Question to learn about the importance of phrasing questions and that certain data-handling resources are limited in the answers they can provide. 

 

In our Art lessons we will explore and draw different African patterns and create our own African style patterns using printing techniques.

 

In R.E. this half term we will be finding out ‘Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?’ We will be learn about what happens at a mosque and about the celebration of Eid. Later in the half term, we will explore the Easter story and find out how Easter is celebrated. 

 

In P.S.H.E. we will focus on the topic 'Good to be me' where the children will be discussing what they are good at and what they need to work harder on. We will be thinking about ways to be assertive and continue to work on our friendships.

 

Homework, usually English, Maths and spellings will be given out on a Friday to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Please read with your child regularly and record this in their reading record, it is part of their weekly homework. Spellings will be tested every Friday.

 

PE sessions will be multi-skills outdoors on Tuesday afternoons and dance indoors on Thursday afternoons; a suitable kit is needed for these lessons. If children have their ears pierced, it would be preferable if they could leave their earrings at home on P.E. days. If not, they must be able to remove their earrings themselves and are responsible for putting them somewhere safe.

 

Spring 1

 

In English we will be reading the story ‘A Dairy of a Killer Cat’ by Ann Fine and writing descriptions and our own diary entries linked to this. We will also be reading ‘Never Tickle a Tiger’ to help us to explore the spelling of present and past tense verbs. We will also read some non-fiction texts linked to our topic work. We will be checking our work carefully for sense and accuracy and using subordinating conjunctions in sentences.

 

In Maths we will complete our work on comparing lengths and solving word problems involving length. We will explore how to measure and compare mass in grams and kilograms. We will learn to solve word problems using bar modelling diagrams, to read temperature and interpret picture graphs.

 

Our Science topic this half term is 'uses of everyday materials'. We will be identifying and describing the properties of materials and their uses. We will learn about natural and man-made materials and investigate why different objects are made out of certain materials.

 

In our History topic, will be finding out about the Great Fire of London. We will learn about how it started and why it spread easily. We will be finding out how London changed after the fire and looking at different sources of evidence. We will be going on a trip linked to this to Staircase House.

 

During our Computing lessons, we will be learning how to make and use a spreadsheets. Children will learn how to navigate around a spreadsheet and enter data into cells. They will learn how to use a spreadsheet to solve a mathematical puzzle and calculate currency amounts.

 

In our Design & Technology lessons we will be creating a mechanism with wheels and axles to make a moving vehicle.

 

In R.E. this half term we will be finding out ‘Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?’ We will be listening to some stories about the Prophet Muhammad and exploring what a mosque is like.

 

In P.S.H.E. the focus for this half term will be 'Going for goals'.

 

Homework, usually English, Maths and spellings will be given out on a Friday to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Please read with your child regularly and record this in their reading record, it is part of their weekly homework. Spellings will be tested every Friday.

 

PE sessions will be multi-skills outdoors on Tuesday afternoons and gymnastics indoors on Thursday afternoons; a suitable kit is needed for these lessons. If children have their ears pierced, it would be preferable if they could leave their earrings at home on P.E. days. If not, they must be able to remove their earrings themselves and are responsible for putting them somewhere safe.

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