Beech, Summer Term A 2018
Maths topics:, Dividing, Fractions, Adding, Money, Multiplying, Charts and Graphs and Number puzzles. Each topic will involve practise in using mathematical skills and using these in context to solve word problems. As the Arithmetic and Reasoning SATS tests take place in May, the children will be regularly practising the types of questions that they are likely to encounter. They will be revising all the different skills they have learned and will be learning to spot the different types of question in a mixed setting.
Literacy: Recounts, Life Cycles and Stories involving Fantasy, Comprehension and SPAG
The children will learn about the structure and vocabulary of recounts by listening to examples of recounts written by other childre. They will investigate the use of time connectives, introductions and conclusions. They will then plan and write a recount from their own experience. The class will also listen to the entertaining recounts 'Diary of a Wombat' and 'Diary of a Baby Wombat', both by Jackie French.
The children will use their science topic to improve their information writing. They have already watched the tadpoles in the classroom growing and changing into froglets. They will use this knowledge to write clear explanations of the life cycle of a frog. These will include order words, technical vocabulary and accurate spelling and punctuation.
Story involving Fantasy: Main text, 'Sylvia and Bird' by Catherine Rayner
The children will read the beautiful story of Sylvia and Bird about a dragon who feels lonely until she is befriended by Bird. They will consider how they feel when they are not included, what they like playing, and words and phrases in the story that they enjoy. The children will use drama and 'hot-seating' to become familiar with the story and will then consider how they could change the characters to make it their own story. They will draw story maps of the version that they wish to write and explain their story to others before writing. They will find adjectives and adverbs to make it more exciting. The children will check their writing and make corrections before some are shared with the whole class.
The children will continue to have opportunities to read to the class, read with an adult and listen to stories eg The Bolds by Julian Clary. They will also work in a group doing 'guided reading' each week where they read a book together and answer questions to practise the skills of explaining words and phrases, predicting what might happen next and inferring from their reading. The children will also have opportunities to practise completing comprehension papers, sometimes in pairs and sometimes alone to prepare them for the 2 reading papers that they will be doing as part of their SATS in May.
Phonics, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
The children will continue to be taught Phonics and SPAG both discretely and as part of other literacy topics. They will revise identifying and using nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions.
They will focus on these spelling points:
Teach adding the suffix –ment and –ness in the context of changing a word to a noun, e.g. –ment changes a verb to a noun and –ness changes an adjective to a noun.
Revise doubling consonant when adding –ing for example hop and hopping
Add -ed, -er, -est and -y to words of one syllable ending in a single consonant letter
Add the endings –ing, -ed, -er, -est, and –y to words ending in –e with a consonant before it. The –e is dropped except in the word “being”.
When an /ur/ sound follows the letter w (not qu) it is usually spelt or.
Teach /zh/ sound spelt s for example vision.
Science: Life cycles and food chains
The children will read books and watch videos to find out about the life cycle of butterflies, frogs and chickens. They will relate this to their learning about how humans grown and how animals need special habitats. The class will also find out how animals and plants can form a food chain. They will draw, make and demonstrate dramatically some simple food chains.
Geography: Oceans and Continents
Objective: to name the 5 oceans and 7 continents of the world and locate them on a map, understanding some key characteristics eg weather, environments, key countries, famous people and landmarks. The children will focus on Africa and then Asia. The will use atlases, books, information sheets and internet searches to enhance their learning and they will build up information pages in their topic books.
Art: Van Gogh
The children will look carefully at some of the paintings of Van Gogh, particularly studying his colours, subject matter and style. They will then practise some of his techniques and make their own Van Gogh style paintings of sunflowers, the local landscape and maybe more!
The children will listen to different classical music this term, sometimes during other learning eg Own Learning, PE and Art and sometimes discretely. The children should become familiar with a few classic pieces and we will investigate patterns and instruments. The class will also learn how music is drawn as notes on a stave. We will use the chimes and glockenspiel to enhance their understanding of notes.
We will learn about the significance of the Islamic month of fasting, and how Muslims celebrate its end with the festival of Eid. We willl be watching videos and learning from photographs and books. More details of this can be found on Espresso.
PE and Welly Work
Monday PE sessions will continue to be led by Torquay United coaches. They will continue teaching a variety of skills including those needed for Sports Day on the last day of this half-term. When time and weather allows the children will have additional sessions where they will play team games to improve running, dodging, balancing, throwing and batting skills.
Welly work and local walks will be happening this term. This will be chiefly guided by the weather so you may only be given a few days notice.