Learning Behaviour: Collaboration
This term we will be encouraging and facilitating the children to be able to work collaboratively with their peers. We will model how to ensure collaboration is productive and highlight moments when children do this successfully. Children will have opportunities to work together across the school in their chatter groups as part of our whole school enterprise topic. In teams, children will work collaboratively to address and solve environmental issues.
Topic: Space and the Environment
We will share ideas and research what space is like and how other planets compare to Earth. We will receive a message from Tim Peake who will remind us of the importance of looking after our planet and set us a mission to find ways in which we can do so. He will teach us about the environment wider than our own planet and set us little missions along the way.
Space will be our inspiration for our reading and writing this term! We will read ‘Man on the moon’ by Simon Bartram and do lots of writing and drama based around the main character, Bob. We will create a character profile using our comprehension skills, role play the story, write a persuasive advert to encourage Bob to buy our rocket, write a diary entry and lots more! We will also create a non-fiction ‘Guide to Aliens’. We will use a silent video from the Literacy Shed, ‘The way back home’ and write our own representation of the story. We will read, write and perform some space themed poetry. In guided reading we will read ‘Toys in space’ by Mini Grey and create our own comic strip.
We will work further on addition and subtraction, using different models such as bar modelling to help us represent and problem solve. We will then learn about halves, quarters and a whole; we will learn how to find and represent these as a shape and a quantity. Multiplication and division will be introduced and we will do lots of practical work and learn how to use specific vocabulary. We will finish the term learning about position and direction, thinking about vocabulary such as ‘1/4 turn’, ‘left’ and ‘south’. Throughout the term we will also be working on our fluency skills and number facts.
We will be learning about everyday materials in science this term. We will link this to our space topic, and we will think about materials in terms of space suits and rockets. We will name the materials objects are made from, learn about their properties and test their suitability for different purposes. Alongside this, we will continue learning about plants from last term and carry out an experiment to find out if plants can grow without water, air, light, soil and a suitable temperature. We will share our findings using the Explain Everything App on the ipads.
We will consolidate all of our phase 3 and phase 5 sounds and practise reading these as flashcards, in real words and nonsense words. We will practise using our phoneme fingers to sound out and blend words accurately. We will play lots of games and practise these skills in many different ways.
We will be learning more about significant people from the past and how they have left an impact and inspired others. We will be learning about Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake.
What can we learn about the Torah and the Bible? We will identify how religions are expressed in different ways.
PE will be on a Tuesday morning with MSP and on Thursday afternoon. They will need their PE kit in school on both days.
Homework and spellings
Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and to be handed in on a Wednesday. This will be one piece focusing on Maths, English or Phonics - or a mix! It will be based on the learning we have done in class that week. Spellings will be given out on a Tuesday and the children will be tested on the following Tuesday.
If your child needs their reading book changing, please encourage them to put their book bag in the blue book bag box at the front of the classroom and we will change their book that day. Please ensure you read with your child at home as it benefits many aspects of their learning! Talking about the characters and story line, predicting what might happen, using different voices for characters and talking about similar stories is also very beneficial!
Please check tapestry regularly to see your child's learning each day. Remember, you can post your own observations too!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to any of the Robins team!