Our new topic for Spring is Circle of Life! Our lives, from beginning to end resemble a complete full circle. No matter how big or small the circle is, it ends in the exact same way for everyone. So get your explorer's hat on and let's consider this fascinating topic!
Our texts this term are Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis and non-fiction texts exploring the life cycle of a range of animals.
As Readers we will be:
- Revising set 2 and 3 sounds recognising the individual sound and spotting them within words and identifying alternative sounds for the graphemes (written sound).
- Using our phonics to segment and blend sounds until reading becomes fluent
- Continuing to learn the 100 high frequency words for Year 1.
- Reading books aloud, making predictions and discussing the story and characters. Answering questions through discussion and making simple inferences through understanding of the story.
As Writers we will be:
- Practising the correct formation of upper and lower case letters
- Spelling by sounding out using our phonics and common exception words including the, you, said, was, they.
- Starting our sentences with a capital letter and ending with a full stop
- Using finger spaces
- Creating our own sentences using say it, count it, write it, read it and linking to our success criteria.
- Retelling a story in our own words with a beginning, middle and end.
- Using sequencing words to support the story telling process
- Reading our writing aloud to check it makes sense
- Begin to edit our writing
As Mathematicians we are learning to:
- Recognise addition and subtraction symbols
- Add by counting on
- Find and make number bonds
- Add by making 10
- Subtract by crossing out, breaking apart and counting back.
- To make number families and find related number facts (4+6=10/10-6=4)
- To compare addition and subtraction statements
As Scientists we will be:
- find out about and describe the basic needs of animals for survival
- understand that animals have offspring which grow into adults.
- understand what a life cycle is and order and explain an animal life cycle
- identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
- describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals.
- explore and compare things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.
- identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees
- identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
- describe the importance of exercise and eating the right amounts of different types of food in order to stay healthy.
As Geographers we will be:
- Locating and naming the seven continents of the world
- Locating Kenya and the United Kingdom on a world map
- To explore the climate and weather of Kenya
Identify the equator, North and South Poles in relation to the location of hot and cold places in the world
Name and recognise some wild animals of Kenya
- Identify physical and human features of the African landscape
- Navigate around a map using the compass points North, South, East and West
- Recognise similarities and differences between Africa and England
As Computer Technicians we will be:
- Using the internet to search and locate images through the use of specific vocabulary
- grouping images based on a binary (yes/no) question and group the images into more than two groups
- Copy and paste images into presentation software and create a caption to match
- Create an audiobook using sound recording equipment and the I Movie app
As learners of Religious Education we are continuing to find out more about the big question:
How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter? This will include finding out:
- How we can help care for the environment and identify ways that some people make a response to God by caring for others and the world?
- How we care for others and what do followers of the Sikh and Islam faiths believe about caring for others.
- What is the Golden Rule, which religious texts promote the Golden Rule and what could happen if more people followed the Golden Rule.
- How we can be kind and caring.
In PSHE we will be learning about different feelings, relationships and connections to people in our life.
We will be looking to understand and answer the big questions:
- How can we communicate and express our feelings and how do we recognise how others are feeling.
- Why do we appreciate special people in our lives and how can we express our appreciation.
- How can people be both unique and similar and what makes us unique.
As Designers we will be:
- creating a healthy food snack as part of our 5 A Day
- practising cutting and slicing skills using a knife safely
As Artists we will be:
- Looking at the work of the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy
- Understand what 3D art is and design our own piece of art using natural materials
- Evaluate our own sculpture and make links to the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy work