Happy  2017! 

Posted on December 30th, 2016 by Swift Class

                                                         Happy 2017 to one and all!

Each week we will be updating our blog to give you information about the coming week and important dates to remember.

Our first blog tells you about the term ahead.

Your children will be learning: 

Maths: This term children will be learning more about number and place value, they should be able to read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and to 20 in words, order numbers to 50, find one more and one less and solve problems involving all of the above. Measurement– mass, 2D and 3D shapes, counting and money, multiplication– add one digit and two digit numbers to 20 and recall all use of doubles and halves of numbers to 10, division– subtract one and two digit numbers to 20.

English: We will be focusing on various aspects of English including speaking and listening, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and storytelling. We will be improving our reading and comprehension skills through discussion, shared, guided and independent activities. Through our lessons, we will be developing our grammar and punctuation.

Phonics: children will, among other things:

• Practise reading and spelling CVCC words (‘such,’ ‘belt,’ ‘milk’ etc)

• Practise reading and spelling high frequency words

• Practise reading and writing sentences

• Learn more tricky words, including ‘have,’ ‘like,’ ‘some,’ ‘little’

Children learn new graphemes (different ways of spelling each sound) and alternative pronunciations for these: for example, learning that the grapheme ‘ow’ makes a different sound in ‘snow’ and ‘cow’. 

They should become quicker at blending, and start to do it silently.

They learn about split digraphs (the ‘magic e’) such as the a-e in ‘name.’

They’ll start to choose the right graphemes when spelling, and will learn more tricky words, including ‘people,’ ‘water’ and ‘friend’. They also learn one new phoneme: /zh/, as in ‘treasure.’

Science: Children will learn to name and identify everyday materials and have the opportunity to explore these materials. The children will also carry out a simple investigation to help decide on the most suitable material for an everyday object.

Jigsaw PSHE: Hope and Dreams. to share our hopes and dreams and discuss and plan ways we can achieve these using a growth mindset approach to tackling a challenge. Then after half term the topic will be Healthy Me, discussing being healthy inside and out 

Computing: We will be looking at data handling this term and pictograms. The children will be learning to recognise familiar programmes and devices and say what these can and can’t do, alongside e-safety.

PE: We will be developing our throwing and catching skills using various objects. We will be jumping, landing and balancing. We will be showing rhythm in our dance and creating simple moves and linking movements into a sequence.

Art: Through studying art linked to ‘weather’ the children will experiment with a variety of media; pencils, rubbers, crayons, pastels, felt tips, charcoal, ballpoints, chalk. They will also create, select and use textured paper for an image.

Design Technology: Through our Transport topic we will be exploring Mechanisms Sliders and Levers Structures and how they can help us in everyday life.

Music: In this unit pupils, will learn to be able to use voices and sing songs and chants, to explore rhythms of words, to perform rhythms to a given beat from a score and to recall and perform rhythm patterns to a steady beat.

RE: What is happening in the natural world in spring? The children will experience aspects of the natural world, develop their sense of enquiry and curiosity in the world around them. They will study Muslim Creation stories along with the Christian festival of Easter.

History: Children will explore many different forms of transport. They understand how transport has changed over time, and begin to develop a chronology of automobiles, trains and space travel. They then explore the history of space travel, recognising significant events such as the first man to orbit the earth, the first space walk and the moon landings.

Geography: In this unit pupils, will learn to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.

French: Through songs and games the children will learn simple words and phrases to describe weather and clothes.

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