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Autumn Term 2017

Our topics this term are Myths and Legends and Fire! Fire!  A flavour of some of what the children will be learning and experiencing during these topics is given below.

Myths and Legends

During this topic we will be exploring traditional stories.  This will include reading a variety of myths and legends before having the opportunity to create our own using a clear beginning, middle and end in a similar style.  We will also learn how to write extended sentences, using descriptive language and conjunctions. We will also be looking closely at some poetry about mythical creatures, discussing patterns and rhyme.

Our numeracy focus for the first term will consolidate our learning from Y1 and build on our knowledge of number. We will also develop our addition and subtraction skills as well as our mental maths skills.  We will extend the range of numbers we work with and learn more about the number system.

In science we will what our bodies need to keep them healthy and alive.  This includes understanding the importance of exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.

We will start the year with the topic ‘Going for Goals’. We will explore how to resist distraction as well as learn how to solve problems by breaking them down into manageable chunks and setting goals to overcome/achieve them. We will examine the importance of teamwork.

As part of geography we will consolidate our understanding of where we live and be able to identify Peterborough on a map of the UK.   We will identify the seven continents and the five oceans on a world map, and the countries and capital cities on a map of the UK.

We will learn about internet safety and how we can stay safe online.

Fire! Fire! 

After doing some research using information books and the internet, we will start to compile our own information books based on this topic, using features such as contents and index pages, diagrams, captions, photographs and formal language. Also during this topic the children will write their own diary in the style of Samuel Peyps.

We will begin by looking at The Gunpowder Plot and Bonfire Night.  We will also learn all about The Great Fire of London and the origins and development of our fire brigade.  Fire safety will also be a focus of this topic. 

Also during this topic will explore plants and animals in our local environment.  This will involve walking around the school grounds looking for animals and investigating their habitats.  We will also look at the food chains and life cycles of a selection of animals.

We will learn how mixing powder paints make new colours, including how to create new shades and lighten or darken colours.  We will use these skills to help create fire pictures. 

At the end of term we will learn about the festival of Christmas and how it is celebrated.

Throughout the term we will complete various practical activities, written activities, mental and oral maths tasks and will use ICT in our   learning.  We will continue to learn our times tables and practise using these in our problem solving.

During PE we will further develop our coordination, throwing and catching skills.  While indoor we will join movements together to music during dance.

The children will also be learning about ‘Anti-Bullying’ in which we will discuss what bullying is and the ways in which it can manifest, as well as looking at methods of helping those who are being bullied.