Autumn Term Topics:
We start with a topic all about: 'Principles of Diversity'.
We shall be exploring what makes us special and unique and how we celebrate this and share together to learn from each other as well as from the world around us, in nature and in our communities.
Using the reading texts as a learning framework, we will begin with: the Paper Bag Prince by Colin Thompson, where we learn about someone who views life in a special way and celebrates the natural environment around him. This will be explored in more detail through PSHE.
Following this we will study the book: Anthology of Intriguing Animals by Ben Hoare, which celebrates animals from the natural world through sharing information and pictures. This closely links to our Science learning of classification, diversity and adaptations in nature. It will also be the stimulus for our Art through the artists Dominique Salm.
Our Guided Reading stimulus will be extracts from the Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell, which was written and complied by 100 children’s authors and illustrators during the recent Covid-19 Lockdown, exploring how we can cope with change and uncertainty.
We will be focusing on the area of place value and calculation methods, using problem solving, reasoning and discussion to aid our understanding and gain confidence by sharing our learning with a class buddy.
Our times table knowledge and skills are developed as we learn these through song and games. Firstly we will revisit the 2x, 5x and 10x then move onto the 3x and 4x.
We shall be focusing on classification in the natural world exploring how we can separate things and combine them into groups with similar features. Then we shall explore any adaptations to their natural environment and why they live where they do.
We use investigations to develop our science skills and use questioning to discuss what we have learned.
PSHE and Art will be woven into the topic, along with History and Geography. We will also begin learning Spanish by exploring how to say hello, through songs and games. Much of this will be covered during our 'Fantastic Friday's', which finishes the week of learning.
We will also have P.E. and a Forest school afternoon, where we use the outdoor classroom to learn and our friends to support us.
Following the half term break our Topic will be: Stone Age to Iron Age.
This is a fascinating time in history and will allow us to explore how we live our modern lives compared to past generations. It's quite incredible what they achieved with limited resources and technology.
Our term starts with a history themed week looking at 'Women in History'. The book we shall be exploring is 'Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World'.
Following this we will focus on 'Iron Man' by Ted Hughes, then 'The Snowman' updated by Michael Morpurgo.
For guided reading we shall be investigating the book 'Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.
We will continue with our work on calculations looking in more detail at subtraction methods, including the use of problem solving and reasoning. We shall also be developing our times table knowledge of the 4 times table.