Welcome toWonderful Willows!
This half term we are heading to the continent of AFRICA! We we be comparing our environment; looking at the geographical features and the different habitats we might find. In literacy, we will be looking at non-fiction texts; letters and postcards and also writing non-chronological reports about African animals. We will be researching amazing animals like lions, giraffes and meerkats ready for our trip to the Yorkshire Wildlife Par, where we will see them for real!
In maths, we will be continuing to practice our 4 operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and putting these skills to the test through reasoning style problems. We will be also focusing on Measures; looking at length, mass and temperature.
We are getting out our green fingers this half term in Science; we are learning all about plants. The Nature Bugs Club will also be helping develop the Key Stage 1 Science Allotment; planting out our vegetables and making a bug hotel!
We are Explorers!
Wonderful Willows are looking at the big question ‘Why do people want to explore the world?’ this half term; looking at the different types of places they can visit and the famous explorers of the past and present. We will look at astronauts Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake, as well as Christopher Columbus in our famous person study.
As part of our topic, we will be exploring our local environment; comparing plants and animals found around us and comparing them to other environments. We will be thinking about whether things are alive, dead or have never been alive. We will also learn about plants and germination;, asking: could a plant grow on the moon?
In literacy we will be looking at narrative texts, focussing on a range of Stories by Simon Bartram. We will be looking at writing fantastic character descriptions, thinking about our writing targets of using ‘wow’ words and improving our sentence structure with conjunctions and making our writing ‘sparkle’ through interesting word choices.
Class 2 are starting the year focusing on multiplication and division; solving word problems and finding corresponding facts. For a numeracy target, we will be working hard to learn ‘by heart’ our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We are already confident counters but we want to get better at recalling the facts.
Watch out for a new ‘Times Table Rockstars’ programme which we will be launching next week. By getting better at multiplication, we will also be able to tackle division problems easily! Very helpful!
One of the most important ways to support your child is by listening to them read. Please find time to read with your child at home, 3 times a week. Diaries will be checked and RED TED stars given each Friday. I will be also handing out some brand new bookmarks this year for your child's reading book band. These have questions you can ask whilst reading to support your child's comprehension skills.
This half term our literacy learning will be based around the text, ‘The Pirates Next Door’. We will be writing our own pirate stories based on the text, concentrating on our writing targets; ensuring we are using capital letters and full stops more consistently and using adjectives to describe nouns. In spelling we will be focusing on adding suffixes –ing and –ed, as well as recapping some of our phonics sounds to help our spelling. The spelling sheets for common exception words will be placed in the back of your child’s diary in the next week. Please help them practice 5 of these words a week to support their independent writing and spelling.
We will be starting the year looking at the place value of numbers to 100. We will be looking at ways to draw representations of numbers and be able to identify the number of tens and ones a number has. This will support our thinking when moving into addition and subtraction later in the term. We will also be developing our arithmetic skills.
Superhero Maths will continue, with some additional superheroes added for Key Stage 1 this year. Keep practising those fast recall of facts.
Our topic and science learning this half term will focus on Pirates. We will be looking into ‘floating and sinking’, as well as looking at maps and the coastline of Britain. We will also be researching famous Pirates. In computing, we will be learning to programme ‘Scratch’; looking at how we can control and make things move.
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