In this theme we will begin by looking at places we have been to on holiday. We will be locating countries in the world and learning about their environments. We will be taking our learning on a journey into different story settings, looking at where they take place and what happens there. This will include both fiction and real life stories. We will also be developing our enquiry skills in science as we investigate the “hows and whys” of magnets and light.  In design technology there will be a cooking focus, whilst in art we will be using sketch books to make observations and collect ideas. The maths curriculum will be delivered in daily lessons but we will also be using many maths skills across our theme work.

The children will have a very busy term as they learn, investigate and create!

Art/Design Technology/Music

  • working with sketch books to record our ideas in pencils, charcoal and pastels.
  • drawing and painting in the style of Henri Matisse.
  • experimenting with lettering styles from World War Two and using them in poster designs.
  • thinking about seasonality and making savoury foods that were eaten during World War Two.
  • designing and making a gas mask box.
  • appreciating music and songs from World War Two.

Maths

  • comparing and ordering numbers
  • recognising the place value of each digit in numbers .
  • developing strategies to add and subtract.
  • recalling multiplication and division facts.
  • drawing 2D shapes and making models of 3D shapes.
  • identifying right angles.
  • identifying different lines – horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel.
  • adding and subtracting amounts of money.
  • measuring lengths, masses and volumes.
  • comparing how long things take to do, using minutes and seconds.

English

  • improving our reading and comprehension skills through guided reading sessions.
  • learning about adverbs, conjunctions and prepositions as ways of expressing time.
  • learning how to use apostrophes and punctuating speech..
  • using paragraphs in our writing
  • using a greater range of vocabulary to enhance our writing.
  • writing descriptions, stories, letters, diaries and instructions.
  • focusing on our handwriting strokes in order to join letters.

Science

  • investigating friction and how things move on different surfaces.
  • experimenting with attraction and repulsion in magnets.
  • investigating magnetic and non-magnetic materials.
  • learning about light and reflection.
  • identifying some dangers of the sun.
  • investigating how shadows are formed.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Geography/History

  • locating some countries of the world on an atlas, particularly those that make up Europe.
  • identifying key physical and human characteristics of different countries.
  • looking at the use of symbols and keys on maps.
  • investigating life in World War Two, looking at how people lived and what they experienced during this time, with a focus on  the locality.

PHSE/R.E

  • focusing on changes.
  • reflecting on issues relating to change and empathising with others.
  • exploring the deeper meaning behind prayer and places of worship.

ICT

  • planning, creating and debugging sets of instructions for a device to follow.
  • combining text and graphics to make a simple presentation
  • using search engines to gain information.
  • thinking about how to stay safe on-line.

Physical Development

  • taking part in PAS lessons on Mondays with focus on team work and challenge.
  • taking part in PE/games lessons on Thursdays, focusing on agility and control.

How you can help your child:

  • Hear him/her read regularly and talk with him/her about what he/she has read, discussing unfamiliar vocabulary, characters and story plot.
  • Ensure he/she completes homework tasks appropriately, and hands them in on time.

Ensure he/she has the relevant PAS/PE kits in school. (PAS/PE is on Monday and Thursday)