What we are learning about this term in Leasowe Class.
To start the term, we will begin with a poetry focus where children will be using a range of figurative language in their writing. In Reading lessons, pupils will study a range of poems and focus on the language used, the effect on the reader and the mood being created.
Every Wednesday, we will have an Extended Writing lesson where we will start with an extended poetry, setting description followed by a character description later in the term. Pupils will be given the opportunity to include a range of vocabulary and varying sentence types to develop their writing to create images for their readers.
Spellings will be given out each week. These should be practised at home as well as in school, in preparation for the spelling test on Fridays. Some of the spellings will be given over two weeks, allowing plenty of time for pupils to practise these.
Maths will begin with a focus on Mental Mathematic skills. Pupils will learn to develop their understanding of place value to solve some challenging problems. They will also develop an understanding of mental and written addition as well as mental and written subtraction. Pupils will also develop their knowledge of statistics and interpreting data. Pupils will also continue to practise times tables daily, beginning with doubles and halves, followed by the threes. A times tables test will be given every Friday, so it is encouraged that these are also practised at home.
In science, the children will begin by studying plants. The children will learn how plants grow and what different environments plants can grow in. We will continue to build up and use their knowledge of scientific vocabulary and scientific investigative skills.
Pupils will then move onto studying rocks and soil and will also be learning about light later in the term. In these lessons, pupils will conduct investigations in and around the properties of rocks and soils as well as sorting and categorising them.
Research Theme – History and Geography
Our focus for the first half term is ‘Our Continent’. Children will study and become more familiar with the continent that they live in. Children will study weather patterns, countries and cites within our continent. Children will continue to build their geographical skills using compasses, maps and atlases.
During the second part of the term, we will begin our history focus of Scavengers and Settlers. During this theme, we will focus on the time of The Stone Age to The Iron Age. Children will use a variety of sources to learn about the period and develop their understanding of the past.
In PE, the children will first be focusing on playing games within a team and working on team skills. Then, we will move on with developing control and skill in gymnastics. Pupils will be given the opportunity to practise their rolls, balances and ways of travelling whilst putting these into routines to create symmetry within their routines.
Art & Design Technology
In art lessons, children will be learning about drawing techniques using shapes to create images and linking this to work with plants. In DT lessons, children will focus on creating shell structures and create their own structure based on life in either The Stone Age or Iron Age.
Mrs Shakspeare will teach music on a Friday. Pupils will enjoy rhythm lessons and learning new music as well as playing many musical instruments.
PSHE lessons will continue to be taught through assemblies and class discussions. The children will be focusing on setting their classroom rules and learning about the values for out school, which are ambition, resilience, respect and creativity.
During RE lessons this term, children will be studying Christianity. The children will be learning about the disciples and The Holy Spirit.
During Computing lessons, children will learn about keeping themselves safe online and the importance of this in the day and age they live in. Children will then learn about coding and algorithms in computers and how these are used to give instructions to a computer.
During Spanish lessons, children will continue to broaden their knowledge of Spanish vocabulary including asking questions about numbers, days of the week, months of the year and basic phrases. Children will build both speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
General Class Reminders
- Full school P.E. kit is needed on Thursday for (PE lessons).
- READING BOOKS need to be brought into school Children will change their home reader and Library book in school on a Tuesday.
- HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Pupils will also be given spellings to learn and times tables to practise. Both of these will be tested on Friday.
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