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 Monday. 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 'Fire! Fire!'
In English this half term, we will be writing our own stories based on the story ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson 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 looking at poems where we will focus on our topic based around the Great Fire of London. We will explore the key features of a poem to enable us to write our own poems about fire.
As we have the phonics screening tests approaching this year, we would be 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 recognising that fractions are part of a whole so then we can find ½ and ¼ of objects, shapes and quantities. Then we will be measuring, recording, comparing and describing capacities and volumes. After that we will be recognising the value of coins and notes. Lastly we will be looking at using language relating to time and dates. This term we will be starting to build our confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving. During all work there will be a range of practical resources to support and engage the children’s learning.
Our Science topic is ‘Seasons, weather and trees.’ We will be going on a local walk on the 8th November to start our learning on the topic. We will go to the park to 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.
As 2018 is the centenary of the Great War, for the first week we will focus on why the war began, life in the trenches, the significance of the poppy and complete some projects related to WW1.
This half term, as our topic is ‘Fire! Fire!' We will start with locating London and seeing what it was like in the past and what it is link now in the present. Then we will sequence the events of the ‘Great Fire of London.’ We will explore the thoughts and feelings of the residents of London at the time by experiencing the fire for ourselves. Don’t worry just in the immersion room! Then we will look at Samuel Pepys’ diary account of the fire to influence our own diary writing. Next we will move on to the DT aspect of the topic to create a moving picture of the fire using different mechanisms and materials. Lastly we will use pastels to draw the fire. We will experiment using different: colours, tones, shades and lines. We will also use the program 2 paint to paint the picture of the fire.
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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