Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will be an important focus this half term. As part of our Recovery Curriculum, they will have regular opportunities to discuss their personal experiences during lockdown, reflect on their feelings and learn strategies to cope with these challenging times. Our whole school learning outcome will be a Museum of Hope exhibition at the end of the half term. This will showcase the children’s learning, and will be shared with the school community virtually.
English and Reading
This half term, our core book is ‘The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse’ by Charlie Mackesy .
“There are dark clouds,” said the boy. “Yes, but they will move one,” said the horse, “the blue sky above never leaves.”
Children will continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills by making predictions based on visual images and the text, inferring and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases in order to develop their vocabulary. They will make links with real events happening in the world around us and continue to develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other. In writing, they will focus on reflective letter writing, ensuring that they include all the structural and language features.
During this half term, we will revise our knowledge of place value, learning how to compare and order numbers up to 1000. We will recall our multiplication skills for 2, 5 and 10s times tables. We will then challenge ourselves to learn to count in steps of 50, 100, 4 and 8. Following this, we will begin to familiarise ourselves with equivalent fractions and understanding the terms, half, thirds and quarters. Then, we will begin to look at how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator within one whole.
In Science this half term, we will be revising the different types of rock we have and how they are used around our school, local community and in everyday life. Following this, we will discover whether all rocks are waterproof before examining how rocks change over time.
Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on different types of trees. We will be developing our sketching skills, by observing trees and landscapes from different distances to capture the foreground, midground and background. We will then take our skills and create a sketch of trees focusing on shading and texture inspired by the images of our core text.
In PE this half term, we will be exploring representing different emotions through the power of movement. We will be creating movements to showcase different emotions we have felt over the last few months and relating this to how our characters feel in our core text. We will take these movements and create a routine using different sequences and transitions.