This half term is all about 'Explorers and Adventurers.' We will be finding out all about the adventures of Christopher Columbus as well as learning more about the animals that live in the African Savannah.

Here's a closer look at what we will be doing in the next few weeks:


Easter Recounts (1 week)

Children will work with talk partners to discuss and share what they did during the recent Easter holidays before learning how to use time adverbials, conjunctions as well as adjectives to write an effective recount. Starting from this week, the children will also do additional work on reading comprehension skills such as deduction, inference as well as learning to look for literal or visual clues. Children will continue to work daily on Phase 6 of Letters and sounds whilst also revising the spelling rules for the common exception words.

Anna Hibiscus – (2 weeks)

Children will read the story of Anna Hibiscus who lives in ‘Amazing Africa’ and learn to ask questions to further their own understanding of a text, describe characters and setting as well as using adverbials, paragraphs and other grammatical features to re-tell a story. We will also compare our lives in Littleborough to the life of Anna in Africa.

One Day on our Blue Planet (2 weeks)

Children will find out all about the animal life in the African Savannah and work together to make class poetry, before moving on to writing animal fact files and scripts for an animal documentary.

Riddles – (1 week)

Children will read and learn about how to write an effective riddle before writing their own riddles linked to the animals of the Galapagos islands.


Numbers and Fractions

Counting in 3s.

Counting in fractions.

Find ½, 1/3, ¼, ¾ of amounts using sharing and number facts.


Addition and subtraction

Doubling and halving by partitioning.

Adding pairs of 2-digit number by partitioning.

Adding pairs of 2-digit numbers by partitioning or counting on.

Subtracting pairs of 2-digit numbers by counting back.


Shape and measures

Naming 3D shapes.

Naming 3D shapes and identifying their properties.

Telling time to nearest quarter on analogue clocks.

Telling time to the nearest quarter; beginning to tell the time to the nearest five minutes.


Multiplication and division

Working out multiplication using beaded lines.

Working out multiplications using beaded and landmarked lines.

Working out multiplication and division using beaded and also landmarked lines.

Working out division using beaded and landmarked lines, understanding multiplication as the inverse of division.

Using landmarked lines to solve mystery multiplications and divisions.


Number and place value

Placing 2-digit numbers on a number line.

Rounding 2-digit numbers to nearest 10.

Placing 3-digit numbers on a bead string.

Understanding place value in 3-digit numbers.

Writing place value additions.


Revision and preparation for the KS1 arithmetic and reasoning tests this half-term - problem-solving and Mastery activities.



Food chains and local, mini and global habitats looking in more detail at animals that may live on The Galapagos islands, why is that habitat suitable? How have the animals adapted to their surroundings? How do we classify whether something is considered living, dead or never lived?


Links to Literacy – finding out more about animal habitats such as the African Savannah.



Learning about the voyages and discoveries of a range

Of explorers including main focus on Christopher

Columbus, Neil Armstrong. Making comparisons to their expeditions and learning what makes people from the past significant to lives in the present day. Through Literacy, children will also compare their lives in the UK to life in Africa.




Relationships and understanding how others are feeling and how to react and how to act when you are unhappy or cross with your friends.


Art and design

Sea turtle prints

Paintings of HMS Beagle – Charles Darwin’s ship

Oil pastel drawings of animals found on Galapagos islands

3D models of HMS Beagle, Steve Brown inspired animals



Children will continue to have weekly music lessons with Mrs Longhurst.


Children will continue to have weekly Spanish sessions with Senorita Andrea.

PE and Games

Children will continue to have weekly Games lessons with Mr Cowling as well as weekly Athletics sessions with Mrs Gillett.




These are the topics we cover during the rest of the year:

 Summer 2 Love our locality. This page will be updated with topic specific objectives each half term. We will continue to follow and revise Letters and Sounds from Phase 5 as well as learning and revising the common exception words.  These topics provide children with various opportunities to learn about important historical figures such as Florence Nightingale and Christopher Columbus, as well as learning how to use maps, atlases and all about the physical and human features of places. Children also learn about the continents, oceans and different climates of the world and this ties in with our Science lessons on Animals and their habitats.