Welcome back after the holidays. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable time with your families. We look forward to an exciting term ahead of us. We will continue to use the award system in place this year called Brookhouse Monster's University dojo points. PE lessons will take place on a Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit each week, and is not wearing earrings on PE days.
Our topic this half term is 'family album.'
In English this half term, we will be writing our own stories based on traditional tales like, ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ to develop our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own story based on the original.
We will then move onto recounts where we will focus on our topic of Family and recounting an event in the children’s lives. We will explore the key features of recounts to enable us to write our own.
As we have the phonics screening test approaching this year we would we grateful if you could practise reading as much as possible with your child at home.
Please encourage your child to read daily and learn the spellings they are set each week at home. Reading books will be changed regularly and spelling tests will take place on Mondays.
Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible at home. Next we will be measuring, recording and comparing masses. Then we will be adding and subtracting using our number bonds to 20. During all work there will be a range of practical resources to support and engage the children’s learning. We will be looking at a range of 2d and 3d shapes, naming and recognising common shapes. Then we will focus on knowing the value of different coins and notes. Lastly we will be recalling and using doubles/ halves up to 10. We will then be solving multiplication and division problems. This term we will be starting to build our confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
This half term, as our topic is 'family album.' We will start with a historical focus on the make-up of different families including our own. We will then explore how we change and grow as we get older. We will then look at historical events of importance that have happened in the children’s life times to put them in order. We will then discuss and find out how different people celebrate birthdays and how they are celebrated different now than in the past. We will then compare toys from the past and present. Then we will find out about the royal family and discuss the royal family tree. We will then focus on our geographical aspect of the topic looking at countries and capital cities within the UK. We will then look at the local area and compare Blackburn to larger cities. Lastly we will use a range of media to create art self-portraits of ourselves looking at the artist Modigliani. This will involve us using charcoal and paint.
Our Science topic will be carrying on from last term and is ‘Seasons, weather and trees.’ We will identify different types of trees including deciduous and evergreen varieties. Next we will be looking at the different seasons in the year and which weathers they bring. We will also identify which events usually happen in each season and how the day changes throughout the year to get more or less day light hours.
Your child will be given fact sheets with information and vocabulary based on these topics and others that we are learning about in class. Please support and encourage your child with learning these facts, as this will support and consolidate their learning with the classroom.
I hope your child finds this half term enjoyable and insightful!
Mrs Smith Mrs Patel Mrs Hussain Mrs Usman
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