This term we will be looking at Spaces and Places – we will delve deep into a hole in the story ‘The Something’, taking us on an underground adventure, meeting some animals along the way. We will be finding out about the factual life of Samuel Pepys, and the Great Fire of London. Our poet of the term is the wonderful Michael Rosen, whose poem ‘The Great Big Hole’ will hopefully inspire our own poetry writing. We will be finding out about the artist and sculpture Andy Goldsworthy, creating our own art using natural materials from our sensory garden.

We will be making sandwiches for trolls (the ones who live in the hole of course) and searching for mini beasts – it’s definitely a coats and wellies term as we explore the spaces and places outdoors!

Art/Design Technology/Music

  • using natural materials to create outdoor sculptures.
  • designing and building moving vehicles.
  • building 3D shapes, structures, and houses.
  • looking at the work of the artist Andy Goldsworthy.
  • making sandwiches for a Troll!
  • listening to different music genres and comparing differences and similarities between songs and musical instruments.

Maths

  • count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 forward or backward.
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number.
  • 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
  • solve problems with addition & subtraction.
  • add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally.
  • recall & use multiplication & division facts for 2, 5 & 10 tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order.
  • identify & describe the properties of 2-D shapes and 3-D shapes.
  • use mathematical vocabulary to describe position and direction.
  • compare and order lengths, mass, volume / capacity.
  • recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p)
  • find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts.
  • recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4& 3/.

 

Literacy

  • practising spelling patterns and handwriting through phonics.
  • sharing texts through whole class, group, and individual reading.
  • Developing our use of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.
  • using ‘The Something’ story as a stimulus for creative writing.
  • using instruction text to make sandwiches.
  • writing poetry inspired by Micheal Rosen’s ‘The Great Big Hole’.
  • writing science reports linked to habitats.
  • writing diary extracts inspired by Samuel Pepys.
  • writing information texts about ‘The Great Fire of London’.
  • using drama and role play to encourage creative writing.

Science

  • exploring and comparing the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.
  • learning that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on one another.
  • identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitats.
  • describing how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identifying and naming different sources of food.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

R.E/PHSE

  • Finding out what places are special and why churches, synagogues, and gurdwaras are important to believers?
  • learning all about changes.

Geography/History

  • drawing maps of our locality – our journeys to school.
  • studying the school grounds and environment.
  • looking at a map of the UK to pinpoint places.
  • investigating ‘The Great Fire of London’ and the diary of Samuel Pepys.

Computing

  • using a roamer to plot and follow routes.
  • using algorithms for programming.
  • talking about internet safety.
  • using the internet as a source of information when researching historical information.

Physical Development (games and gymnastics)

  • practising and improving our throwing, striking and catching skills.
  • playing simple invasion games using attack and defence tactics.
  • applying and following rules in our activities.
  • repeating and linking actions with coordination and control.
  • learning to use larger PE apparatus carefully and sensibly.

How you can help your child:

  • Hear him/her read regularly.
  • 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.