English: Our writing stimulus this term will be ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satoshi Kitamura. The text will encourage and support the children to write creatively, and develop a deeper understanding of how to engage a reader through our writing. This term the children will also further understand the importance of re-drafting and editing their own writing before presenting their final piece. Our non-fiction writing will be instructions where the children will be asked to think creatively about how to trap a Woolly Mammoth. We will use the text ‘Stig of the Dump’ by Clive King to develop reading skills which will, in turn, enhance the quality of writing.
Maths: This term the children will begin by securing their knowledge of place value, using both concrete and abstract images to support their understanding. There will be a focus on using their knowledge of place value to solve problems and answer questions which ask them to clarify and explain why they have given a particular answer. Our addition and subtraction will focus on mental strategies and non-formal written methods, before moving on to developing an understanding of the column method. We end the term by looking at multiplication and division and the link between them. Times tables will play an important part. We will consolidate the 2,5 and 10 times tables and learn the 3,4 and 8. The children will be expected to solve problems using the tables they know, including those with missing numbers.
Regular times table practice at home will really support your child this term.
Science In the first half term we will studying plants, with the children learning about the function of the different parts of flowering plants. We will also explore how water is transported within plants and be able to describe the life cycle. We will move on to looking at how a balanced diet affects humans and how nutrients, water and oxygen are transported in both humans and animals.
Music The children will learn to sing and play a tuned instrument to an R & B track. They will listen and appraise music from across all genres and begin to understand the term pulse and tempo.
Modern Foreign Language – French The children will be learning how people greet each other; reply to some questions understand and use numbers 1–10. They will also begin to recognise, read and pronounce sounds correctly.
Art The children will be developing a range of art skills and exploring a range of techniques to produce some exciting projects which will include a model of Stonehenge, Stone Age cave paintings and dump, inspired by our class novel.
Design and Technology Linking to our topic, the children will prepare and cook meals which would have been served during the Stone Age.
Geography The children will be locating and studying areas of the UK which are known for being Neolithic settlements. We will consider what the land would have looked like during that period and how it has changed over time. Children will develop their map reading and co-ordinate skills.
History This term we will focus on British History from Stone Age to Iron Age. Our studies will cover hunter gatherers and early farmers, Bronze age religion, technology and travel as well as Iron Hill forts.
Information Communication Technology: The use of ICT will incorporated across the curriculum on a daily basis. However, our main focus this term will be internet safety, search engines and developing an understanding of how computer networks work.
PSHE: At the beginning of the term the children will set themselves goals for the coming year. We will discuss how we can aim to reach these targets and what to do if we feel we have fallen off track. The children will also be investigating what they believe bullying to be, how to recognise if they think they or someone else is being bullied and what they could do about it. They will also be discussing the role of witnesses and how they can make a situation better or worse.
R.E: The children will learn what the Bible contains and be able to identify important lessons; they will also begin to understand that some teachings are not limited to Christianity, but came be found in many different religions.
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