This half-term is all about 'An Island Home.' We will be using the stories of Katie Morag to compare and find out about what life is  like on a Scottish Island and how it is different to life in Littleborough. We will also be finding out and testing which materials are waterproof, and how to use this knowledge to make a waterproof boat made from paper. We will also be using the ocean as inspiration for our artwork, as well as looking at books 'How to Find Gold' and 'The Lonely Beast.'

We will also be using some time each week to practice performing our book extracts and poems in preparation for the whole school Speaking and Listening' week in March.


This half term, we will continue to learn the spelling rules following the Letters and Sounds Phase 6. We will also continue to revise the common exception words that we need to be able to read and spell by the end of the year. In group reading sessions, we will begin to look at how to approach reading comprehensions, developing our inference and deduction skills so we can independently apply them.

Traditional Tales – (1 week) – children will receive a letter from Grandma warning them to stay away from the Wolf! Children to design ‘Wanted’ posters, as well as learning more about adjectives and expanded noun phrases. (Katie Morag’s favourite story)

The Hunt for Gold – (2 weeks)

Children will continue to develop their inference skills when considering the main characters of the text as well as revising descriptions, speech bubbles and planning and writing a persuasive letter to the character Anna. Children will use drama and speaking and listening activities to explore the character of the crocodile as well as revising descriptive phrases. Children will learn and use conjunctions and time connectives and use story mapping to prepare to independently retell the story in their own words.

The Lonely Beast – (2 weeks)

Children will use drama strategies such as ‘Hot-seating’ to verbally ask and answer questions to the Beast. Children to plan and write their newspaper article. Children to build up their use of description and plan and write jellyfish poetry.



Place Value:

Compare numbers using the symbols < and >.

Identify properties of numbers and use this to sort them.

Use ordinal numbers in context up to 10th and beyond.

Round 2-digit numbers to nearest multiple of 10.

Addition and Subtraction:

Add a single-digit number to a 2-digit number, bridging 10, Subtract a single-digit number from a 2-digit number, bridging 10, Add 2-digit numbers crossing over 10s barrier, Subtract 2-digit numbers using grid.


Measure weight using uniform non-standard units. Know that weight can be measured in kg and g. Have an idea of the length of 15, 30 and 60 seconds.

Multiplication and Division

Begin to relate multiplication with division. Understand grouping as one model of division Imagine what action would be needed to solve a word problem.

Numbers and Fractions

Rounding numbers to the nearest 10, Finding ½ and ¼ of amounts by sharing, Find ½, ¼ and 1/3 of amounts by sharing and using number facts



Continuation of Materials work from last half-term:

Objects / materials found when digging for treasure – revision of natural/ man-made materials. (Links to Literacy)

Recyclable / sustainable materials, testing materials for absorbency, strength, flexibility and resilience. Introduction to concept of recycling.

Experiment opportunities:

What materials can we use to mop up water from the sea? Which material is best for an island home to keep storms out? Explore how we can recycle old candles and other objects found in our homes, test and choose materials best suited to make a boat.

Animal Habitats and Life cycles linked to Marine animals / under the water

Children to research and find out about the life cycles of animals that live in water such as frogs, and to find out about why the sea is a suitable habitat for certain animals.


Topic - Geography

Our topic this half term is ‘An Island Home’. We will be using the Katie Morag stories to learn about what life is like on an island, and how this compares to our life in Littleborough. We will also use atlases to identify and label islands in the UK. They will be able to describe the key features of an island and explain what jobs people may have on an island. Learn about Scottish isles of Coll.

Art / Design

D.T / Science – children to design and make a boat.

Art –Children will make:

Treasure maps, jellyfish, monster models made out of clay, design and make a friend for the Beast (linked to Literacy) out of a plastic bottle – using collage to decorate. 3D under water scenes



RE – Epiphany and The Church

PSHCE – Going for Goals



Gymnastics and dance – taught by Mr Cowling


We are coders – children will learn about how lines of code are used in games and practice inputting lines of codes in a variety of games.


Taught weekly by Senorita Andrea


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


Daily Activities


  • Every day, we will also start by revising reading and spelling Phase 5 words to continue to develop our reading and independent writing.
  • We will practice our handwriting in order to develop our pre-cursive letter formation before moving on to joining our letters.
  • We will practice multiplication and division facts every day, initially focusing on counting in 10s and 5s. (You can practice this at home too!)
  • We will spend a little time each day revising ‘High Frequency’ and ‘Common Exception’ words – I will send lists of these important words home in a few weeks – lots of reading at home will help you remember these too!


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

Spring: An Island Home, Summer 1: Explorers and Adventures and 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.