Mrs B Troman-Brown
Ms V Aleixo and Miss D Kir
Welcome to Pine Class!
Our topic for this half term is called
'Town Mouse Country Mouse'
This is a Geographical based topic where the children will learn about the human and physical features of their locality as well as comparing urban and rural areas in the UK. We will learn about the countries that make up the UK and spend time learning about the capital cities, flags and other important landmarks in each of the four countries.
In Science the children will build on their knowledge of animals and life cycles to learn about habitats and the eco systems that survive in both rural and urban areas. The children will also study a micro habitat in our school grounds as a mini project! We will also explore the differences between living, non living and never alive and undertake some simple experiments.
In English, the children will be using the story of Town Mouse Country Mouse as a basis for their story writing. They will plan using story mapping techniques and then write the familiar tale using the Year 2 success ladder to help. In this story writing unit, the children will use innovation to change their story to create their own version of Town Mouse Country Mouse. The children will also use the internet and non fiction books to research about town and country living and they will write a non chronological report using this information.
In Maths, the children will be deepening their understanding of addition, subtraction and the 2 and 10 times tables. This work on our times tables will help the children as we come to our multiplication and arrays unit of work. We will also be introducing the 5 times tables. The children are doing so well with Times Tables Rockstars, which they complete everyday. The children will also be learning how to measure accurately using millimetres, centimetres and metres
We will be concentrating on the 4 operations in our mental arithmetic lessons as well as using our Maths Mastery skills into solving problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as moving on to solving three part problems.
In RE the children will learn about The Resurrection and will be answering the question, Did Jesus really come back to life? This will lead us onto exploring and answering questions about The Easter Story.
Our 4th LORIC theme for the year is Izzy Initiative. The children will be taught about using their initiative in class, as well as in the key stage assemblies each Wednesday.
Your planner and reading book must be in school everyday.
Our Topic: Town Mouse Country Mouse
(Please see the curriculum map below for more detail)
Indoor PE - Tuesday
Outdoor PE - Thursday
The children are heard read twice a week in school. Once during a group guided reading session and the other individually by the class teacher or teaching assistant.
It is really important that your child reads at home every day and the planner is signed accordingly. Reading frequently has a huge positive effect on a child's reading development.
Homework is given out once a week on a Thursday and is due back in the following Tuesday. Each week, there is an English and a Maths task. The homework is a reflection of what the children have been taught that week and is a chance to practise and enhance their learning.
In Foundation and KS1 we follow the Read Write Inc Programme. The Read Write Inc. Phonics is a complete literacy programme, for 3 to 7 year-olds learning to read and write. The children review or learn a new sound (phoneme and grapheme) each day and also practise writing this sound on its own and in words.
We do handwriting practise every afternoon for ten minutes. The children have differentiated spellings each week with the spelling test being on a Friday morning.
If you have any questions, please just ask or write in your child's planner.