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Red Arrows

Red Arrows Class

Year 1 and 2

Term 4



Topic: Kenya 





This term our reading and writing will be based around a story called 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'.  We will follow Lila's quest to bring the rain to Kenya, looking carefully at the illustrations and vocabulary as we go.  First of all we will look at the main character on the front of the book and we will write a letter to her introducing ourselves and asking questions.  Throughout the book we will use the language and illustrations to inspire description writing, using expanded noun phrases and adjectives to add detail.  We will create call and response poems as a class and write our own rain themed poems.  Throughout we will do hot seating of the characters, freeze frames and role play to help the story come to life.  We will then write a dairy entry from Lila's point of view using ICT to illustration and record. 

Phonics and SPaG

Year 1 children will recap all taught phase 3 and phase 5 sounds, becoming secure in reading these in real and nonsense words.  Year 2 children will continue to look at spelling patterns, including a range of suffixes.  Year 2 children will also work on possessive apostrophe's, commas and word classes. 

We will begin the term by revising methods of calculation including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  We will work on seeing patterns, solving problems and building our resilience when using trial and error.  We will also work on place value to 100 (and beyond for year 2) and geometry and position. 

This term we will be 'working scientifically', closing linking to our Kenya topic.  We will look at the seasons and weather in the UK and compare to Kenya using pictures, weather reports and graphs.  We will create our own rain gauges to compare the rainfall in Sturton to a village in Kenya.  We will learn about the animals in Kenya and their habitat, learning how they have adapted to their environment. 

We will study the physical and human features of Kenya and compare them to the UK.  We will use careful vocabulary including coast, mountain, volcano, savannah, rainforest and rivers and we will discuss the differences between these features in the UK and Kenya.  We will also learn about farming in the UK and Kenya, noting the similarities and differences in techniques and produce. 


This term we will learn about Nelson Mandela and the significance of his life.  We will learn about what made him great and what society can learn from his actions. 


This term we will learn about the features of churches and mosques.  We will use appropriate vocabulary to describe the features. 


This term our topic is 'Relationships and Bullying'.  We talk about people who are important to us, what bullying is and how to deal with it.


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 Friday also and will be tested on the following Friday.  Spellings will also be available on Spelling Shed. 
Reading books

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