Our Current Topics

Our Topics– Animal Park and Let’s Grow!

Our topic theme for the first half of this term is ‘Animal Park’, this includes a trip to Exmoor Zoo to discover facts about real animals. We will be focussing on Kenya in Geography and looking at African animals and patterns in Art. Our class novels for this term include ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘Giraffe’s can’t dance’ which will develop our skills for predicting text and reciting stories. In the role play area the children will be creating a vet’s surgery and learning all about how to take care of animals. We will continue to build good friendships with a focus on the key skills of taking turns, sharing and having good manners. After the February half term, our focus will turn to ‘Let’s Grow’ where we will be learning about living and growing in the world around us, embracing the new life that spring brings and finding out more about life in the UK.


Maths

Reception– We will deepen our understanding of numbers to 5 and introduce numbers to 10 exploring addition, subtraction, weight and capacity, sorting shapes and simple problem-solving activities.  We will learn through many practical, fun activities and rhymes. We will be learning about the composition of each number to 10 so that your child can find all of the possible ways of making each number using addition and subtraction number bonds and can represent them using play toys and a variety of maths equipment. We delve very deeply into this to ensure your child knows each possible number bond for the numbers to 10. Please provide opportunities to practise your child’s early counting skills: counting up to 10 or 20 and back, using the language of ‘one more’, ‘one less’. This can be done through activities such as laying the table or counting how many grapes they have in their lunch box.  Another area where you can help out is by playing games with your child such as cards, snakes and ladders, bingo or dominoes.  In addition, you could help your child to notice shapes in the environment or find hidden numerals to order from smallest to biggest.

Y1/2– All of the above still apply to Y1 and 2 children but can be extended to numbers 20/100 and counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s.  In class we will be delving into numbers to ensure your child has a deep understanding of the bonds of numbers and their composition, how many tens and ones are in each. They will be challenged to solve problems and manipulate equipment to prove and explain their answers using mathematical language. Please help your child at home by providing practical situations where they can apply their learning to real life contexts, such as estimating how much three items at the shop would cost, asking your child to say the number one/ten more or less than a given number and frequently count forwards to 100 and backwards from 100.

YR1 Will be focusing on numbers to 20 during the first half term. You can support your child by practising counting to twenty, writing numbers in numerals and words, finding one more and one less than a given number (great for car journeys), and accurately counting objects up to twenty – it helps if they move them as they count.

YR2 During the first half term the children in year 2 will be learning about money and multiplication and division. Experiences with money will help them apply their learning to real life situations, these could be playing shops at home or looking at prices when out shopping, working out totals and how much change they would get from 50p, £1 or £10.

Useful apps include: Glowburst, Numberrun, Addition & subtraction– daydream education and squeebles (all the squeebles apps are amazing). Useful websites include: www.primarygames.com/math.php, https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zjxhfg8, https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/homeTimeLadybirds/

 

English

Reception:   In literacy the children will be looking at the book ‘Dear Zoo’ to coincide with our topic. The children will be learning actions to help them recite the story, and creating their own versions of the story. We will be reading fiction and non-fiction with a variety of themes to encourage a love of books and reading. We will be learning about the structure of stories and practising retelling them orally and saying sentences clearly, counting the words within them and noticing the finger spaces between words. The children will be moving into Phase 3 of the phonics programme, while consolidating sounds they already know. We will continue learning alphabet sounds and begin to learn diagraphs (two letters making one sound, eg. sh, th, ch), practise hearing, saying, blending and writing sounds within words. We will be learning to form our letters correctly. It is vitally important that our children learn to hold their pencil effectively and form their letters correctly, starting and finishing in the correct places as bad habits are picked up quickly and really hard to correct. Please support your child with this at home by providing writing opportunities and ensuring mistakes are corrected.

Y1/2: This term we are going to be exploring a variety of texts in our reading that will inspire our writing. We will start by reading the instructional story ‘How to wash a Woolly Mammoth’ by Michelle Robinson. The children will learn to re-tell the story with actions and then reinvent the story using their own animal character. After this we will be looking at ‘Augustus and his smile’ written by Catherine Raynor, a lovely story about discovering happiness in the world around us.

Phonics/Spelling: All children will continue to follow the Twinkl phonics program. Year one will be moving onto learning alternative graphemes (written letters) for all the phonemes (sounds) they know. Year 2 children will be developing their knowledge of spelling patterns and best guess grapheme selection, making decisions on which spelling is the most likely for the sounds they hear and want to write. Spellings for children in Year 1 and 2 will be focussed on words containing the phonemes and common exception words that they are learning each week.

Please read with your child each night if possible as well as practice their weekly spellings. Our spelling quizzes take place on Mondays so please ensure your child has their spelling book in their bag.

Useful apps include: Squeebles Spelling (great for inputting weekly spellings to learn),  Look, Cover, Write Check and our favourite, Teach Your Monster to Read.

Useful websites include: www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/letters-and-sounds and www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/

 

PE

PE will be on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, please make sure your child wears their PE kit to school. Charlie will be in on Mondays to teach multiskills (outdoors if dry) and the children will be covering gymnastics and dance on Tuesdays (in the hall).

Reception children will be focusing on developing good control, coordination and confidence in a range of small and large movements. We will be practising basic throwing, catching and kicking techniques. We will be learning some basic gymnastic skills and learning to jump, roll and balance on the floor and on different gymnastics equipment.

Y1/ Y2 children will be refining ball skills, throwing, catching, kicking and playing a variety of games using these skills. We will be learning to make gymnastic routines that involve travelling, rolls, jumps and balances through traditional tales and characters we know. This will be on the floor and on gymnastic equipment.

Science

In Reception, we will be setting up lots of fun activities where children can explore early concepts of science, including animals and growing.  We will be encouraging children to verbalise their thoughts and ask questions to further their understanding of a concept.  You can help at home by talking through activities yourself and asking/encouraging questions.

Y1/Y2 children will be participating in simple experiments, discussion and research. We will be learning about plant and animal habitats. We will be looking at local habitats, microhabitats, world habitats, the difference between things that are living, dead or never alive and food chains. We will continue our exploration of the natural world later in the term when we investigate the life of plants.

 

Other Areas

We will be linking a lot of subjects into our topic including;

Geography Our geography topic for the first half-term is ‘Sensational safari!’ We will be exploring life for both animals and people in Kenya as well as the features of the land. In the second half-term we will be focusing on UK countries and cities and comparing and contrasting them to other worldwide cities.

Art During the first half-term our art topic will also take us to Africa where we will be learning about the artist Edward Saidi, famous for creating TingaTinga art. We will be using this as inspiration to create our own animal pictures with a focus on pattern and texture, we will also be looking at and making ‘Kante’ patterns.

DT We will be making moving pictures, thinking about ways to slide, pivot and connect.

ICT Children will begin to learn about algorithms, or giving and following instructions. This will lead to them learning to program and create codes on digital devices.

MUSIC Our learning will be focussed on the BBC ten pieces ‘No place like’. The children learn to listen and critique, compose, and create body percussion.

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) This area of the curriculum is central to all our planning and will underpin our values for the class and school. We will be focusing on families, friends and friendships, growing and growing up and feeling cared for. We will also be looking at digital wellbeing including e-safety.

RE We will be exploring Christianity and Judaism over this term to help us understand why faith is important to some and how it affects their life style.