Spring Term Overview
In English the children will continue to take part in daily phonics and handwriting sessions. We will also develop the correct use of punctuation and grammar in their independent writing and SPaG lessons. The children will use new spelling patterns and continue to learn common spellings.
They will continue to develop their speaking and listening skills using drama and role play. Also, the children will begin to write their own stories and try to use adventurous vocabulary when doing so. They will experience how to write non chronological reports and explanation based on our topic ‘Poles Apart’.
This term in Maths the children will continue to learn about addition and subtraction and will begin to relate it to real life situations. They will be developing problem solving skills during Maths investigations. The children will explore patterns, shapes, length and weight and use the appropriate vocabulary to describe them. Also the children will continue to use a number line and a 100 square to solve calculations. We will continue to use Numicon and Prodigy Maths to support the learning at school and at home.
The Science topics this term are ‘Humans and Animals’ and ‘Growing Plants’. We will look at plants and how they grow. They will learn to name some common plants, identify the parts of a plant and recognise that plants are living things. Also the children will learn about animals and people and how they adapt to their environment.
In Computing the children will be developing their keyboard skills. They will learn to write sentences, correct mistakes, put things in the correct order and save their work. The children will also be using Computing programs to make their own digital story books. In addition to this, they will continue to develop their skills in using and understanding algorithms using a programme called code.org.
Art & Design Technology:
In Art & Design the children will continue to make observational drawings using a range of media. In Design Technology the children will design a stamp and make a print of it.
The theme for the first half term is ‘Poles Apart.’ Within this topic the children will learn about maps, atlases and globes to locate different countries, including arctic regions. In addition to this they will be able to locate the equator and explain how it affects climate. The children will use a range of different sources of research e.g. books, pictures, photographs and the internet.
The theme for the second half term is ‘School Days’. The children will compare modern day school and schools in the past, identifying similarities and differences. They will look at their local environment and identify the key features of the St. Joseph’s School to that of the past.
In Music the children will continue to take part in weekly singing assemblies. They will explore pulse, rhythm and pitch during music lessons. We will be working from the fantastic Charanga Music Scheme.
In PHSE the children will participate in circle time activities and games focusing on the topics of ‘Keeping safe and well’ and ‘What goes into our bodies?’ Within these themes the children will learn about personal safety, who they can talk to for help and people who help us to stay healthy and well. For example: dentists, doctors and nurses. In addition to this they will explore what goes into our bodies and how it can make people feel.
In P.E the children will continue to develop their skills
using apparatus and explore dance activities.
Please remember that this is only a brief outline of what your child will be learning about during this term.