Spring Term

As readers, we will continue to develop our phonic knowledge through daily Read Write Inc. sessions whilst also undertaking group guided reading. Through guided reading, we will enjoy sharing, and discussing, a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children will develop improved fluency and the ability to summarise what they have read. They will learn to make sensible predictions, read beyond the text, and answer a range of questions appropriate to the book they are reading. We will continue to share high quality texts from the school reading spine as a class.

As writers, we continue to develop our confidence to write independently using the phonics sounds we have learnt so far. We will learn to add interest to our writing through including describing words and a greater range of vocabulary. We will also begin to use a wider range of punctuation, such as question marks and exclamation marks. The inspiration for writing this term comes from a range of high-quality texts related to the animal kingdom.

As mathematicians, we move on to learning about place value within 20. We will learn to add and subtract with numbers to 20 and develop our knowledge of place value within 50. In measurement we will learn about length and height and mass and volume.

As scientists, we will continue to observe the changes across the seasons and identify common plants and animals.

As geographers, we will use atlases and maps to identify the United Kingdom, identifying the countries and capital cities and also use the four cardinal compass points to describe locations on a map. We will begin to learn about human and physical geography and how to categorise features we find.

As theologians, we will learn about Islam and what Muslims believe. We will learn about the Muslim belief in one God Allah and the story of creation. We will also learn about the 99 names of Allah the Qur’an and the significance of the Prophet Muhammad. We will find out about key features of the mosque and key festivals and will learn about prayer in Islam and key objects associated with it.

As computer users, we will learn how to program a BeeBot to travel between two different points. Also, we will begin to debug our algorithms if they do not work.

As artists, we will continue to develop our accuracy in painting and pencils. We will study the work of the artist Andy Goldsworthy and create some art, in his style using items from nature (e.g. leaves, sticks).

As citizens, in PSHE, we will learn about how to be and stay healthy, keeping safe with medicines and other substances, and road safety.

As musicians, we will sing songs and listen to music about animals and think about how animals can be described in music. We will explore music from South Africa and think about choosing instruments to use when we play together.

As sports people, we will be learning about the fundamental shapes in gymnastics, Outside we will start to learn how to kick and control a football.

As designers, we will design and make a loom fish. We will test different ways of making this fish and evaluate each stage.