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 ’growth and green fingers.'
In English this half term, we will be looking at 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. Next we will be writing our own instructions on how to plant a seed. We will develop our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to re-tell, innovate then invent our own instructions.
As we have the phonics screening test 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.
Next we will be measuring, recording and comparing lengths. Then we will recognise that fractions are part of a whole so then we can find ½ and ¼ of objects, shapes and quantities. After that we will be describing positions, directions and movements and relating this to telling the time to doing turns. We will be telling the time to the nearest hour and half past time. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible at home. We will then 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. This term we will be starting to build our confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
This half term our topic is 'growth and green fingers.' This topic is largely scientifically focussed although we will enhance this learning with Art and DT as well. We will begin by exploring Vincent Van Gough’s work, especially his ‘sunflower’ painting. This will inspire us to create our own paintings and pastel drawings of plants and flowers. After that we will be creating observational drawings of fruit using light and dark and different shades. This will then enable us to draw fruit on to polystyrene to create prints. After that we will taste different fruits to design and create our own fruit salads.
Our Science topic our topic is ‘Plants.’ We will start by planting seeds and focus on the process of this and what plants needs to survive. We will then go on a local walk to the park to explore, identify and name different types of plants and flowers. Using this knowledge then we will begin to classify the plants. Then we will look at the structure of plants and trees to enable us to draw and label plants ourselves. After that with our growing knowledge we will compare and contrast plants using facts that we know.
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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