What are the countries and capital cities of the UK and what is London like now?
Our driver subject this half term is Geography. We will investigate the capital cities of the UK and discover what London is like now.
In English this half term, we will explore various texts in detail. We will begin by looking at 'The Buildings that made London' this is a stunning visual book which shows London in an enjoyable way. It explores London and it's famous monuments and displays interesting facts in an exciting way.
We will also look at a lovely fiction text called 'Katie in London' by James Mayhew, this text explores London through a magical journey where a brother and sister travel around the famous monuments of London on the famous golden lion which they stumble across in Trafalgar Square.
Through these engaging texts, the children will create a narrative story, an informal letter and a non-chronological report about London.
Reading, as always, will be a crucial part of the children’s learning this half term. Please continue to support your child with this skill through daily ‘out loud’ reading and questioning from an adult. The children will continue with whole class comprehension lessons or Little Wandle reading groups, as well as one to one reading. Our Little Wandle daily Phonics lessons will also support some of the children who are part of this group.
In Maths, we will begin the term by completing the unit relating to 2D and 3D shape. We will then move onto investigating place value in 3 digit numbers, this will involve comparing numbers within 1000 and reading scales within 1000 units.
The next unit takes us onto reading temperatures in degrees Celsius on a thermometer and
investigates the concept of litres through estimating and measuring.
The children will compare millilitres and litres using fractions and use millilitres as a unit of measurement, they will interpret scales and compare mass in grams.
They will then move onto adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using mass.
They will recall the multiplication table of three and four using skip counting and represent multiplication and division using arrays, enabling them to become familiar with three and four times tables.
Growing up-are all our offspring the same as their parents?
This half term, in Science, the children will investigate what babies need to survive, they will explore how we have changed and investigate how we change throughout our lives.
The children will take a hands on approach and investigate if older children have bigger heads.
They will then make comparisons and investigate how animals change and how plants change and grow over time, which links back to our last unit Apprentice Gardener.
'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.
In art this half term the children will explore the works of Minty Sainsbury, a modern artist who is famous for her highly detailed and instantly recognisable stylised architectural pencil drawings. The children will become familiar with her techniques and make various observations of her work. They will use technique such as hatching, cross hatching and blending and will have the opportunity to practice these before creating their very own Sainsbury London city scape master piece.
In RE this half term, we will be focussing on the religion of Islam as we enquire 'Does completing Hajj make a person a better Muslim?'. The children will explore Hajj and consider how Muslims
show a commitment to God (Allah). They will investigate how their God is really
important to them and how they are prepared to make lots of
effort to show him this. The children will then explore the 5 pillars and the 8 doors to heaven.
In PSHE this half term, our unit will be 'Changing Me'. This unit will begin by understanding that everyone is unique and special recognising cycles of life in nature.
The children will express how they feel when change happens and will discuss the natural process of growing from young to old and understand that this is not in their control.
They will understand and respect the changes that they see in themselves and will recognise how their body has changed since they were a baby.
They will explore and respect the changes that they see in other people and will acknowledge the physical differences between boys and girls, using the correct names for parts of the body and appreciate that some parts of their body are private. They will discuss how to ask for help if they are worried about change.
PE is timetabled for a Monday and Wednesday. Children should wear a white T shirt, shorts/joggers and trainers/plimsolls on these days.
This half term the children will take part in PE lessons linked to >>>>TBC
Useful websites to practise key skills at home:
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.
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.
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 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.'