Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

Autumn B

What are we learning about in Beech Class?    

Below are some of the topics which we will be exploring:


Mathematics      - - Autumn B

Week 8


Use standard and non-standard units to help compare length, mass and capacity

Week 9


Use standard and non-standard units to help compare length, mass and capacity

Week 10


Measurement and Number
Use vocabulary related to time and the calendar, practise reading analogue and digital times and use coins to add and subtract money amounts

Week 11


Investigate different ways to represent halves and quarters by dividing shapes and numbers

Week 12

Multiplication and Division
Practise different methods of mental multiplication and division to help share and group numbers

Week 13

Multiplication and Division
Practise different methods of mental multiplication and division to help share and group numbers

Week 14

Use mental calculation strategies to help solve different mathematical number problems and puzzles



Science      How to carry out scientific investigations      

The children will be focusing on how to use their curiosity about the world around them to devise scientific experiments.    They will make predictions, consider how to make tests fair, carry out testing carefully, record results and reflect on how the results can add to their understanding of how the world works.  Investigations will include:

Which magnet is the strongest?

Can you make your toy car speed up and change direction?

Do all balls bounce?  Which balls bounce best?

Can you make ice melt quickly?

How clever are your hands?  Which hand is best?



Spelling Strategies at the point of writing:

  1. Say the word, segment into phonemes and choose graphemes, For longer words split into syllables first
  2. Think of other words that sound the same. Does that help you to spell the word?
  3. Use your word bank.

Learning and Practising spellings:

1.Identify the tricky part of the word   2. Use a memory strategy to support with learning the tricky part of the word.

Proof reading: Check writing for mistakes in common exception / tricky words.

Each week:

  •         practise recognition and recall of phase 2,3 and 5 graphemes as learnt
  • practise reading and spelling words with adjacent consonants and newly learned graphemes
  • practise reading and spelling high frequency and polysyllabic words
  • Practise reading and writing sentences



Phoneme/Grapheme focus:

Revise last term's digraphs and learn new pronunciations

Week 11

i as in find (know i as in fin)

o as in cold (know o as in hot)

Week 8

oy as in boy (know oi as in coin)

ew as in new (know oo as in moon and ue as in blue)

Week 12

c as in cent (know c as in cat)

g as in giant (know g as in got)

Week 9

u-e as in rule (know ew as in new)

a-e as in make (know ai as in rain and ay as in day)

Week 13

ch as school and chef (know ch as in chin)

u as in put (know u as in but)

ow as in blow (know ow as in cow)

Week 10

ir as in girl (know ur as in fur)

Revise all digrqphs

Week 14

ou as in could, you, shoulder (know ou as in out)

ie as in field (know ie as in tie)


Writing, Speaking and Listening:

  Unit 1: Writing  linked with Ernest Shackleton - Antarctic Explorer : see History planning

Learning about Ernest Shackleton and his amazing feats of endurance and survival  will give opportunities for writing  lists, diary entries, letters home and recounts.


Unit 2: Information texts - Penguins

Children will research penguins using books, film clips, and website information.  They will learn how to make notes and how to put their information into sections.  Demonstrations will use information texts about sharks and whales.  The children will write their own information sheets including diagrams, captions, headings, subheadings.  Some children will also focus on paragraphs , question marks and commas in lists.  All children will check their work for capital letters, full stops and spelling.  Some children will re-write their sheets concentrating on joining  some of  their letters. 

Unit 3: Performance Skills, Songs and repetitive poems.

The Christmas performance of 'The Nativity' will provide opportunities to practise and  improve skills in reading aloud as well as memorising and performing songs and lines from the play.  The children will consider the needs of the audience whilst practising their acting skills.

Poetry: Using poems by MIchael Rosen for inspiration, the children will  read and learn a variety of short repetitive funny poem.  They will focus on conveying the meaning and using the rhythm of the poem in their performance.  They will also write their own verses.

Year 1 Grammar focus:

1. Write, leaving spaces between words.

2.  Use capital letters for the names of people, places, days of the week, etc.

Year 2 Grammar Focus

1. Use expanded noun phrases to describe and specify, e.g. adjectives to describe nouns.

2. Learn how to use punctuation correctly, incl. capital letters, full stops, question or exclamation marks.

3.  Learn how to use sentences with different forms: statement, question, exclamation and command.


History: Significant Lives - Ernest Shackleton

What makes a good explorer?
Identify characteristics of explorers using drama

Who was Ernest Shackleton?
Identify preparations for a voyage to the Antarctic: recognise why people did things; infer information from a visual account; locate the site of a historical event on a map.

Voyage to the Antarctic

Write a diary entry as an explorer: recognise why events happened and what happened as a result; use photographs to ask and answer questions about the boat, crew and journey;  find out about conditions on the boat and ice.

Letter home
Describe a journey of exploration writing in character:
identify different ways in which the past is represented; how to find out about the past from a range of sources of information.

In conclusion

Sequence the main events of Shackleton’s adventure; think about why Sir Ernest Shackleton is remembered today;  consider the actions and qualities of Ernest Shackleton and his crew.  Write recounts and newpaper reports.