We start off the term in the season of Christmas and this is our first unit, where we learn about the story of the Annunciation and the birth of Jesus. We then learn about the miracles of Jesus healing the blind man, the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the feeding of the 5000 and the parables of the Lost Sheep, the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan in our unit Teacher and Healer. During Lent, we think about forgiveness and changing and growing to be more like Jesus and finally we learn about the events of Holy Week and how they tell of the last days of Jesus’ life on earth, looking in particular at Palm Sunday, the Last Supper and the Stations of the Cross.
We are looking at a range of text types in the Spring term. We are starting off writing recount letters as if we are the witch in Room on the Broom. We will then look at a unit based on describing characters. Later on in the term we will write more recounts in the form of a diary entry and we will write a poster persuading people to visit Tamworth Castle after we have our trip there in March.
We are beginning the term with our unit on 2D and 3D shapes. Then we will learn about numbers up to 20 – understanding that teen numbers are made up of 10 and a bit and comparing and ordering numbers. We will then add and subtract with numbers up to 20, revisiting our knowledge on fact families. We continue to look at number by then securing our understanding of numbers up to 50 and how they partition into tens and ones. Finally, we end the term measuring length, height, mass and capacity.
As the seasons change we are again looking at seasonal changes. Then we will learn about animals including humans. This will include the five main animal groups: reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, mammals and learning about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. We will also name the parts of the body and learn about the 5 sense.
In History, we are finding out about kings and queens of the past. We will learn that King Charles III is our king and then we will focus on a few in particular, including Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth I. We will also find out about why castles were built and visit Tamworth Castle in March.
We are starting off learning the months of the year and the seasons and thinking about how the weather affects what we do and what we wear. We are then going to find out about weather patterns in the UK and present our own weather forecast. Finally, we will find out about extreme weather and about hot and cold places around the world.
We are learning about the artwork of Barbara Hepworth. She was an abstract sculptor so we will talk about what we see, think and wonder when we look at her sculptures. Our final art piece will be a small sculpture made from clay, inspired by her work.
During the first half term, we are learning how to join materials by stapling, gluing and pinning. Then we will design and make a puppet of a character from the 'Room on the Broom'. In the second half term we will investigate wheels and axles and make a simple vehicle.
In Computing we will start making an animated story book. We will then use a simple database program to group and sort and finally we will give commands using a program called Maze Explorers.
This term, we will be doing gymnastics in our PE lessons. We will be focussing on balancing and spinning on points and patches.
In the first part of the spring term children will be developing a knowledge of tempo and dynamics, listening, playing and singing, fast and slow and loud and soft. In the second half of the term they will work to combine, pulse, rhythm and pitch. They will use a range of percussion instruments to improvise and compose music. They will be also thinking about how music forms part of their lives and how it makes the world a better place.