Me and My World

Our topic this term is ‘Me and My World’, and as the title suggests we will be learning about ourselves and the world around us. We will be looking at the UK and the seas that surround us and travelling further afield to explore the continents and oceans. Our artist this term is LS Lowry and we will drawing self-portraits in his style and using him as a focus for historical comparisons. We will be cooking traditional food from around the UK, using our developing knowledge of a balanced diet and keeping fit by learning how to perform the New Zealand Haka!  Join us on a journey of discovery.

Art/Design Technology/Music

  • designing and making musical instruments
  • building sculptures of people and drawing self portraits.
  • looking at the work of the artist LS Lowry
  • making traditional food from around the UK
  • listening to different music from around the world.

Maths

  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones).
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers in different ways including the number line.
  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.
  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words.
  • Use place value and number facts to solve problems.
  • Show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order and division of one number by another cannot.
  • Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.
  • Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables
  • Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data.
  • Solve simple problems in a practical context involving money including giving change.

Literacy

  • Focussing on the non-fiction text: We are Britain
  • Using labels and captions to show everyone what is special about you.
  • Taking photographs of skills and adding speech bubbles/captions.
  • Write descriptions, explanations and narratives to explain the weather in UK.
  • Write news reports about the weather in the UK and compare this to weather in other parts of the world.
  • Using drama to become a news reporter, reporting on the weather.
  • Writing information leaflets– facts about hot/ cold places in the world.
  • Writing about LS Lowry – his life story in your words.
  • Weekly discrete literacy lesson focusing on vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
  • Daily phonics lessons based on phase 3/5 and linked sentence writing.
  • Weekly individual/group reading sessions focusing on blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far.

Science

  • looking at health and growing, and plants and animals
  • investigating healthy foods and balanced diets.
  • looking at the life cycle of frogs, hens and butterflies.
  • matching and naming baby animals to their adults.
  • thinking about exercise and why it keeps us healthy.
  • carrying out an investigations with seeds and bulbs.
  • Learning to identify some plants by using reference/field books.
  • As always we will be taking part in the RSPB bird watch project!

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

R.E/PHSE

  • thinking about how we show we care for others.
  • learning about why ‘it’s good to be me’

Geography/History

  • Weather chart recordings – collecting weather data.
  • Researching hot and cold places from around the world and design information leaflets.
  • Creating a wall map of the world with the 7 continents and five oceans
  • Identifying places on a world map.
  • Map work of the UK – naming the four countries; England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the 4 seas.
  • Use the work of LS Lowry as a focus for discussion/ comparing to Bruegel – images from the past (industrial) compare to Lowry images – similar artists capturing similar scenes from history.
  • Comparative drawings – looking closely at backgrounds, what’s different/similar?
  • Using objects in the images to learn about historical artefacts.

Computing

  • Producing a  short film using iPads.

Physical Development (dance and gymnastics)

We will be working closely with PAS this term to develop skills in gymnastics and dance.

  • repeating and linking actions with coordination and control.
  • learning to use larger PE apparatus carefully and sensibly.
  • composing and performing short dances
  • Exploring dance from other countries.

How you can help your child:

  • Hear him/her read regularly.
  • Encourage them to write sentences, using correct spellings, reminding them to use capital letters and full stops and great describing words.
  • Use practical maths activities in the home, weighing measuring and counting to encourage your child to use maths in everyday situations.
  • Complete ‘Learning Log’ homework tasks.
  • Practice weekly spellings that are sent home.