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Autumn Term 2022

Our driver theme this term is all about The Victorians, we will be investigating many aspects from this period using our enquiry question as a focus ’What do we know about the way Victorians lived?' This is a history based theme, so we will be looking at the historical timeline and zapping ourselves back to this fascinating period.  We will use various books to support the children's learning, which include both fiction and non-fiction.

We will explore Queen Victoria herself, her family tree and discover why she was such an important person in history. We will research what it was like to be a child during these times and finally investigate why Coventry was once called 'Bicycle City.' The children will write many genres in their History lessons this term including: non-chronological reports, information texts and instructional writing.

 

 

English

 

                  

 

We will be reading a variety of exciting books this term, one being Major Glad and Major Dizzy by Jan Oke, this book will kick start our English unit off in an engaging way. The book is a photographic picture book. It's based on the true discovery of a hidden hoard of Victorian toys under the author's floor. It will introduce some of the milestones of recent British history and hopefully interest children in tracing the past through found objects and old photographs. 

Another favourite book, is 'You wouldn't want to be a Victorian schoolchild! Lessons you'd rather not learn, by John Malan. 

The children will use these books as a stimuli for writing across many genres, including: Stories, recounts, fairy tales and poetry.

 

Maths

In Maths, we will begin the term with a unit linked to number, this will include reading, writing, representing, partitioning, comparing and ordering numbers to 100. The children will then move onto other units including: addition and subtraction, measures-length, graphs and finally learning more about multiplication and division. The children will continue to grow in confidence not only in their maths lessons, but through the regular maths meetings each week where we will revisit key skills and mathematical facts.

 

Science

This term the children will begin to learn about different ways to keep themselves healthy. They will consider the importance of eating a range of different types of food. The children will explore the importance of exercise and hygiene. 
The children will work scientifically by identifying and classifying food, using tables, and Venn and Caroll diagrams. They will also make observations and collect data while carrying out exercises, and use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions. 

 

Reading

'Vipers'  is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK's reading curriculum. These are key skills to support children read. The acronym stands for: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieval and sequence/summarise. The children will become very familiar with these domains this year as they will have focussed lessons on each domain. The children will have a variety of reading lessons this year, whole class comprehension lessons, Little Wandle reading groups, as well as one to one reading. Our Little Wandle daily Phonics lessons and spelling sessions will also support these skills. 

Children will need to bring in their books and reading records on a Wednesday to be swapped and will have a new one to take home by Friday at the latest.

 

Home Learning

A letter regarding homework will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

 

PE

 PE is timetabled for a Monday. Children should have a white T shirt, shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls in school every week. Please note that leggings are not acceptable as part of your child’s P.E kit and that both girls and boys will need to wear black jogging bottoms.

 

Forest School

The children will also be taking part in Forest Schools on Thursday afternoons. They should have trainers/wellies, trousers and a jumper/coat that you don’t mind getting muddy in school every week. 

 

 

Useful websites to practise key skills at home:

English:

Oxford Owl - provides access to free e-books (You have to create a free account to view them) 

 

This website is American, but it has some nice phonics and reading games.

 

This website is currently free with the username: march20 password: home

 

Your child has an individual log-in for this website. They can play spelling games based on lists of words. I will set 3 spelling lists to practise per week. Try using the code '#710619' to enter a hive game for common exception words! 

 

  

Use these links to find an interesting image. What do you think is happening? Can you describe what is happening in your exercise book? Can you write a story about it?

 

'Mr Thorne Does Phonics' has lots of grammar and phonics short episodes 

 

This blogger has compiled a list of children's authors with great books to read, each author has a few reading based activities on their website. 

 

Audible has lots of free audiobooks for children while you're learning at home.

 

Alphablocks games and some episodes can be found here. 

 

Maths:

This website has LOTS of age appropriate maths resources and they have produced home learning packs for each year group with helpful videos and activities for each day of home learning. 


This website has lots of interactive maths games. 

 

This website groups games together well and you can search by subject.

 

Times Table Rock Stars - your child has an individual log in for this.

 

This is a story based maths game which your child can log into with their TT Rock stars log ins.

 

 

Other subjects:

 

This is a fantastic website with lots of videos, interactive activities and printable resources around all the subjects as well as current events. Great for exploring if you want some extra material in your home learning. 

 

Once clicking this link, choose 'Espresso' from the drop down log-in menu in the top right hand corner. You will receive a username and password for this website. 

 

This website often has child - friendly news items, and they will be uploading some free content when schools close

 

With this link you can take a virtual tour around the British Museum, London

 

This website has lots of activities you can do in the garden, as well a lots of information about animals and plants for research tasks.

 

 

Find out information and take quizzes using this link.

 

These games are the first steps of computer programming, they are very engaging for children. 

 

This is a typing game for children beginning to learn to type. 

 

 

This is the website that we use for PE at school. You should have your own log-in to get to some great at home PE activities. 

 

This website has fun movement videos for children

 

SEND SUPPORTED RESOURCES

We work with a company called SEND Supported at school and they are releasing newsletters each week offering support and guidance to parents of children who many have additional needs in school. Please find below a link to these newsletters:

There are also lots of other resources and information available on their website. The 'Things to do Issue 2 - Resources' file has some lovely activities for all children regardless of whether they have additional needs or not. There are lots of great visual puzzles and games for children to play so please have a look if you can. There are also resources available now to support with developing children's memory skills in 'Thing to do Issue 3 - Resources.'

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