Autumn 1st half term 2017
Our science topic is ‘Seasonal Change’. The children will learn the months of the year (later on learning to read and spell them) and will begin to identify which months fit into which season. We will use our senses to make observations about what we can see in our local area and try to determine which season it is. We will use these observations throughout the year and compare and contrast what we see. Children will use descriptive language to make detailed observations. They will also learn that the weather changes significantly and begin to think about why this happens. We will keep a year long record of the temperature so that we can begin to notice patterns.
In English we will be learning about labels, lists and captions and our focus will be on composing a sentence orally before writing it and using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also be looking at various texts focussing on descriptive language. We will begin to focus more intensely on handwriting and letter formation and writing targets will include remembering finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.
In Maths there will be a strong focus on recognising, counting and ordering numbers. Our focus is to count forwards and backwards to 20 and children will also be expected to read and write (spell) numerals and words to ten/10 (later on to twenty/20). We will be thinking about doubles of numbers and will continue to use different resources to represent numerals. Children will begin to add 1 and 2 digit numbers to 20 using a variety of methods and they will begin to use the language of more and less than.
In PE we will continue with our ‘REAL PE’ scheme of work and children will be exploring different body movements.
In RE our topic will be ‘The natural world’ which also ties in with our science topic.
In art we will be experimenting with using a range of materials including pencils, oil pastels and charcoal. We will explore mixing colours and creating textured paint by adding sand, pasta and rice.
Autumn 2nd half term 2017
We will begin our second half term with an ‘Autumn Art Attack’ wow day. In Science we will continue to look at ‘Seasonal changes’ and will discover more about changes in weather and lessening daylight hours. We will continue to collect data about temperature to discover whether or not patterns are emerging. We will study our local environment also to see how plants including trees have changed. We will also be visiting Hollow Ponds to collect items for our arty extravaganza!
In English, we will be continuing to focus on adjectives and using our ‘Magpie Walls’ to generate interesting words which we will use to create our own seasonal senses poem. We will also be reading lots of traditional stories and will be re-writing some parts focussing on orally rehearsing our sentences and using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
In Maths we will be extending our counting forwards and backwards to 50. Children will also be learning more about strategies for subtraction and addition and will begin to think about place value. Children will also have the opportunity to learn more about money including recognising coins and working out which coins they will need to pay for items. Children will also be learning number bonds to 5 and 10. In Art we will experiment with colour blending to create winter art. Our RE for this half term is Christianity and the festival of Christmas. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to watch the children perform twice this half term: once during a class assembly and once during the Christmas show!