Me & My World

The children worked incredibly hard last term and were a real credit to you. They have returned after the Christmas break full of enthusiasm and are already thinking of lots of ideas for out new topic, ‘Me and My World’. To start with our work will focus on learning about our bodies and using our senses. This will involve lots of fun investigating and doing experiments. We will also be finding out about people whose job it is to help us and learning more about our local community and the environment in Glossop. We will be using this information in our poetry and non-fiction writing. This term is important for consolidating our Phonics knowledge and I’ll be sending out information to keep you updated with what we are covering in class. We are all looking forward to a fantastic term!

Maths

  • Practising counting up and down in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s to 100 and beyond from different starting points.
  • Rounding numbers to the nearest 10.
  • Using place value to help us partition (split) numbers in different ways and linking this to mental methods for adding and subtracting numbers.
  • Recording addition and subtraction number sentences clearly and beginning to check our work.
  • Beginning to use multiplication and division using objects and pictorial representations to solve simple problems.
  • Using our number bonds to 10 and 20 to solve word problems.
  • Measuring weights, lengths and capacities accurately, using
  • simple scales on equipment.
  • Finding fractions (¼, ½ and¾) of groups of objects and numbers.

Science

  • Learning about the human body, including understanding muscles skeletons and how we grow.
  • Using all of our five senses to explore the world around us, including how we enjoy food.
  • Conducting experiments to understand how our senses work.
  • Planting seeds and observing what happens when they germinate.
  • Learning about the different parts of plants and what they need to survive and grow.
  • Taking part in the Big Schools Birdwatch and learning how to care for the environment.

English

  • Developing our Spoken Language and Listening skills in class discussions, Drama, role play, group work and games, asking questions and building on each others’ comments.
  • In Phonics, revising consonant blends and vowel digraphs and trigraphs and learning how to read and spell words with split vowel digraphs, eg make, like, bone, flute, etc.
  • Using a range of stories, poems and non-fiction texts to learn about our topic.
  • Using exciting vocabulary – nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs in our own writing.

Arts

  • Creating portraits of ourselves and others using observational
  • drawing and looking at the work of artists such as Klee.
  • Creating paintings of flowers and plants and sculptures using
  • natural materials inspired by the work of artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Phoebe Washburn respectively.
  • Constructing 3D models of familiar local buildings.
  • Using computer packages such as ‘Paint’ to create and save  pictures.
  • Creating scenes and models using Lego and other construction media to support our written work.
  • Working as a team, using body percussion and instruments to compose and perform simple songs, chants and rhymes.

Knowledge and understanding of the world

  • Focusing on Glossop and learning more about our local area.
  • Using Drama and the Role Play area to explore how people help us in our local community; learning about what they do, where they work and what they need to do their jobs.
  • Learning about staying healthy through eating well and exercising, as well as cooking a range of healthy dishes with the Kestrels.
  • In RE, discovering how people care for others including learning about the practise of Sewa in the Sikh faith and Tzedakah in the Jewish faith.
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year, creating puppets, acting out stories and making traditional decorations.
  • In computing, writing algorithms for activities involving several steps, as well as designing more complex routes for the Beebots.
  • Simple procedures including computer activities.
  • Joining the whole school SEAL theme of ‘Good to be Me’.

Physical Development

  • Working with PAS on dance and gymnastics to improve our
  • core strength, body control and balancing and continuing our daily exercise sessions to develop fine motor skills.
  • Developing our construction skills, especially cutting, folding and colouring including planning and evaluating our work.
  • Progressing towards cursive letter formation with a correct pencil grip and writing position.

How you can help your child:

  • Thank you for all your support with reading at home. Please keep listening to your child read as often as possible. A few short reads to supportive adults make a massive difference to the children’s progress.
  • Help your child to read information at home and when you are out and about. Encourage them to use their phonics knowledge to sound out and blend new words.
  • Continue to practise counting, weighing and measuring, using coins and telling the time. Talk about how you use maths in everyday activities such as counting and shopping.
  • This term we will be focusing on correct letter formation using a cursive style. I will be sending information home about this shortly. Any writing practise will be very beneficial. Short tasks such as writing lists, reminders and cards are a good way to achieve this.
  • PE with PAS is on Thursdays however please make sure children have a PE kit in school at all times. Children will need a warm top or sweatshirt and joggers for outdoor PE.

Please come and chat to me after school or phone me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you.