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Autumn Term 2019

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

All about me

During this topic, we will be exploring poetry and traditional tales. We will begin by exploring poetry and writing poetry about ourselves. We will discuss rhyming words and try to include these in our own poems. We will read a range of traditional tales and use these to inspire our written work. We will retell the stories, order the stories and write our own versions. We will look carefully at the structure and ensure we have a clear beginning, middle and end in a similar style.  We will also learn how to write extended sentences, using descriptive language and conjunctions.

Our Numeracy focus for the first term will consolidate our learning from Year 1 and build on our knowledge of number. We will partition 2-digit numbers and use practical resources to consolidate our learning. 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 be exploring animals including humans. We will discuss life cycles of humans and animals and look at the offspring of different animals. We will explore how humans change as they grow and carry out investigations. We will find out what animals and humans need to survive.

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.

In History, we will be exploring our class name. We will be learning why they are an important person in History. We will use our learning to create a display for all to see.

We will learn about internet safety and how we can stay safe online using the story of Smartie the penguin. We will explore Bee-bots and program them to move around a Bee-bot world that we have created. We will learn about algorithms and programming.

In Art, we will learn how to mix colours and explore primary and secondary colours. We will create our own self portraits looking carefully at our facial features.

During Music, we will explore beats and in PE will be practise throwing and catching and become gymnastics.

As part of our learning in RE, we will explore the Torah and understand why it was important to Jewish people.

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 Pepys.

In Numeracy, we will continue to consolidate our number work, addition and subtraction. We will continue to practise our 2, 5 and 10 x table and practise using these in our problem solving. Throughout the term we will complete various practical activities, written activities, mental and oral maths tasks and will use ICT in our learning. 

During Science, we will explore different materials. We will identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for different uses. We will find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

During History, 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. 

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. 

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.

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