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Red Arrows

Red Arrows Class

Year 1 and 2

Term 3

Learning Behaviour: Collaboration


Topic: 'Ahoy there'




This term our reading and writing will be inspired by our pirate theme.  We will read the stories 'The Pirate Cruncher' and 'The Pirates Next Door' by Jonny Duddle.  We will make inferences from the text and the pictures, discuss the characters, learn new vocabulary and make predictions.  We will write speech bubbles for the characters, a message in a bottle to send to the main character, create labelled maps and write our own pirate story.  We will write instructions to make ship biscuits, learn and recite pirate poems and write a non-chronological report about real life pirates. 




Year 1 children will move onto phase 5 in phonics.  They will learn alternative sounds and begin to apply these in their writing.  They will focus on reading real and nonsense words, using their phoneme fingers to help them to decode.  Year 2 children will continue to learn new spelling patterns, including homophones and common exception words.


This term we will begin by learning how to multiply and divide.  We will begin with concrete apparatus, moving to pictorial representations and then abstract.  We will reason and problem solve throughout, ensuring we explain and share our thinking using mathematical language.  We will then learn about fractions.  We will learn to recognise and find 1/2, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of an object, length, shape and quantity.  Year 2 children will learn about equivalent fractions. 

'Working Scientifically' is our topic this term.  We will perform lots of pirate-themed practical science investigations.  We teach a pirate about how to keep the human body healthy, learn about floating and sinking and make pirate ships.  We will also learn about materials and how they can be changed by bending, squashing and twisting. 

We will be learning about the United Kingdom and it's 4 capitals.  We will understand what 'United Kingdom' means and how the flag is represented by the 4 countries.  We will research each country and learn about significant traditions, buildings and landscapes etc.  Children will work collaboratively to create a presentation in order to teach their classmates about their chosen country within the United Kingdom.  Within this, children will learn how to Irish dance, read myths and legends and create tartan!  We will link this to pirates by finding the missing treasure in the United Kingdom on a map! 



This term we will learn about thankfulness in Christianity.  We will learn about the religious and non-religious beliefs about thankfulness. 


Our topic this term will be 'relationships'. 



PE will be on Thursday and Friday afternoons.  Please make sure your child's PE kit is in school on these days.


Homework and spellings

Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in on the following Wednesday.  Children will receive weekly spellings - handed out on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday.

Reading books

If your child needs their reading book changing, please encourage them to put their book bag in the box in the reading area and it will be changed that day.  Please try to listen to your child read as much as possible as it makes a huge difference in all areas of their learning!


Thank you for your continued support!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to us on the playground or contact us through the office. 



Sturton by Stow Primary School