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Topic - Autumn Term


Fire! Fire!



To begin this half term we will be writing exciting shape poems linked to fireworks and fire. The children will be learning about the features needed for poems and so we will be looking at alliteration, rhyming, similes and using powerful verbs before creating our own shape poems at the end of the unit. 

Our second unit will be fictional narrative based on the Great Fire of London. We will be following a three week plan to read a text, write predictions and finally write our own story.



- Add and subtract numbers with up to 2 digits

- Money

- Multiplication

- 2x, 5x and 10x tables



In Science we are going to be continuing looking at materials. Within these sessions we will be carrying out different investigations to check the suitability of certain materials for specific uses. We will also be looking at how a famous scientist and designer used his knowledge of materials and their properties to create a useful object we all still use to this day.



In Computing we are going to be creating greetings cards in preparation for upcoming celebrations. Children will practice their typing skills to add messages as well as create their card front. In addition they will learn how to accurately search for images, copy these and paste them onto their final greetings cards.



In History we will become History Detectives and examine clues, pictures and artefacts to find out about the past.

We will be learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We will examine the rhyme 'Remember, remember, the fifth of November' to find clues before retelling the story of Guy Fawkes through drama.

We will also be finding out about the Great Fire of London using evidence such as fire equipment that was used in the Great Fire and the diary of Samuel Pepys.



In Geography we will be answering the big questions Where do I live?  How do I know?.

We will be locating the four countries of Great Britain on the map as well as learn the capital cities. We will also be thinking about the different types of environment we have within our country and begin to discuss what environment we live in ourselves. Finally we will focus on London and learn a few of the famous landmarks that can be seen there.



In Art we are going to study the Cubist artist Pablo Picasso. We will learn about Picasso, study the use of colour to show mood in pictures and the use of shape to create a cubist picture. We will then use what we have learnt to create a Picasso inspired self portrait in front of a scene from the Great Fire of London. 



In preparation for our Christmas Play we will be learning several songs to share during our performance. We will be learning how to project our voices, enunciate and sing as part of a group. 



In Religious Education  we will be:

  • Exploring the question: What is a Muslim and what do they believe?
  • Investigating the meaning of different religious artefacts.
  • Asking questions and finding out more from a Muslim visitor.



In PE we will be doing gymnastics with Mrs Peacock on a Tuesday. We will also learn movement through dance where we will choreograph wonderful dances for our fantastic upcoming Christmas play.





During our Toys topic we learnt...



We are learning how to write a recount before writing our own of our trip to Liverpool Museum!

We will then be reading the book "Dogger" by Shirley Hughes. We will be following a three week plan to read, write predictions and finally write our own story about a toy. 



  • Place value - partitioning tens and ones
  • Ordering numbers 
  • Comparing objects < > 
  • Ordering objects and numbers
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s



This term we will be investigating materials looking at what toys and everyday items are manufactured from and their properties. Describing what we see and feel using technical vocabulary: bendy, bumpy, dull, feel, hard, made, manufactured, material, natural, rough, shiny, smooth, soft, squashy, stiff, stretchy, transparent, flexible, rigid ... 


We will be conducting an investigation to consider why an object is made from a particular material and what would be the best material to make a waterproof coat.


We will find out who is Charles Mackintosh and what was his famous product, we will be emulating his discovery to create our own waterproof material.  


We will be able to:

• distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made

• identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock

•  describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

•  compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.



We are learning about the history of toys and exploring the questions 'What were toys like in the past? How and why have they changed?'

We will be exploring old toys and comparing them to new ones, as well as having a visitor in to talk about her old toys.

If any parents or grandparents have their own toys that they would like to share, we would be very grateful!



We will be looking at how we can give directions and the importance of accurate instructions when carrying out a task. We will then begin to input directions into a programmable toy and assess how this impacts on the toy. Finally we will begin to look at any mistakes we have made within our algorithms and begin to debug our instructions.



We will be looking at a range of puppets and talking about what we like and dislike about them. We will establish that some are moving puppets and take a closer look at how they move. From this we will have a go at making a simple moving puppet before designing and making our own slightly more complete moving puppet.  



We will be looking at the music played in two famous films about toys, the Lego Movie and Toy Story. We will be listening to these pieces and thinking about how they add to the emotions and action within the film. We will also begin to describe the pace, structure and other features of the music we listen to.



We will be pretending to be toys in Streetdance on Tuesdays and doing outdoor PE with Mr Busby on Fridays.