Our topic for this half term is ...
In Literacy this half term we will continue looking at lots of different genres of writing and we will continue to write independently, looking at the grammatical features of our writing (full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, word choices etc.). We will be focussing our literacy on The Beatles and creating posters, song reviews, information texts, fact files and we will also be writing a recount about our trip to The Beatles Story.
Phonics and spellings - We will be focussing on revision for the first week of the half term, getting ready for the Phonics Screening Check. We will then continue to look at alternative sounds (e.g ow in snow) and how words are spelt using these sounds.This will then lead us nicely onto focussing on the common exception words the class are expected to be able to read and write before they move up to Year 2. We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.
Guided Reading - We will continue looking at guided reading as a whole class, looking at pictures and answering questions about it. We will also be looking at videos and listening to different sounds, answering questions on these to help with our inference skills. This will then be developed into looking at texts using the Reading Rocketeers Guided Reading scheme. We are now becoming experts in finding the answers to questions on our own and learning new reading comp skills.
In Numeracy, we will continue to revise place value before looking at time in more detail (o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to), we will then continue to look at the 2 and 10 times table as well as recapping measurement, position and direction.
To help us in our numeracy lessons, we will be using a variety of maths resources. These will include;
This half-term in science, we will be looking at MATERIALS
We will be looking at different materials, naming them, looking at their properties and also testing them out. We will be undertaking several investigations and then looking at which materials would be suitable for making instruments.
In topic this half term we are really excited to get stuck into researching The Beatles! We will be exploring who they were, why they were famous, their music, who is famous now and who is famous locally. I am really looking forward to teaching this topic!
Art/DT - In art/DT we will look at making posters, designing and creating instruments, designing a stage, designing and creating a trophy and also designing outfits for a band.
Computing – We will be getting the BeeBots out again and having some fun with them then applying all the skills the children have learn this school year. We will also be working on the iPads weekly using the SeeSaw App for lessons and also begin to use it at home for homework.
During the Autumn term, we looked at stories we already knew (The Gruffalo and Zog), stories about Dragons and also looked at different ways we could write about the Great Fire of London. As it neared Christmas, we also wrote letters to Father Christmas, asking him lots of different questions. During the Spring term we look at the question 'Do penguins make good pets?' and created our own penguin hunt stories, looked at Lost and Found and also thought about where these penguins might live. We also looked at other animals including meerkats and finished this topic with a trip to Smithills Open Farm. In the first half of the summer term we looked at Seasides and holiday destinations. The children loved looking at holidays from the past and thinking of their ideal holiday destinations. While these topics tie in closely with literacy, our numeracy lessons will continue to follow the National Curriculum.