The year begins with us developing an appreciation of themselves and the world around them as part of God’s creation. We will also reflect on the need to thank and praise God for his many gifts. We will then move on to think about families and celebrations and focus on the Mass and stories of celebrations that Jesus took part in. Later in the term, we will develop our understanding of prayer as a special way of spending time with God. Advent and Christmas will then be our focus at the end of the term.
We began the term reading the story of the Colour Monster and talking about feelings and colours. We have also read a range of traditional rhymes from our own and other cultures. As the term progresses we will also look at a visual text, narrative, non-chronological report and a recount. In Read Write Inc we will be learning sounds and reading books at our appropriate levels.
We are currently consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 10 – finding one more and less and comparing numbers using equality symbols. We will then explore the part whole model with 10 and use the part whole model to write sentences. We will then focus more closely on addition and subtraction within 10 before moving onto 2D and 3D shapes.
In Science, we are learning about seasonal changes and then we’ll learn about everyday materials.
In History we are finding out about the past. What is it? What is history? What do archaeologists do? We will learn about changes within living memory – our school, sweets and toys.
In Geography we are learning about maps and our local area. We are going to draw maps, visit our local area and find out about the places around us. We will complete some fieldwork to find out about the different types of houses in our local area.
We are learning about the art work of Henri Matisse – in particular his ‘painting with scissors’. We will use his work to inspire our own ‘painting with scissors’ collages.
After studying the difference between fruit and vegetables we are going to design and make delicious smoothies.
In Computing we will start off learning about how to log onto Purple Mash and being safe online. We will then learn about spreadsheets and Technology outside of school.
In music we will introducing beat, rhythm and pitch, by learning a range of rhymes and songs. We will use the glockenspiel to make our own simple improvisations and compositions and play along with songs we have learned. We will consider how we can make friends when we sing together and how music tells stories of the past.