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In English this half term we are exploring a fiction book called The Chickens Build a Wall By Jean Francois Dumont. We will be creating new characters and then retelling the story with our new characters and our own twist!

After this we are exploring a cultural adventure narrative called Coming to England by Floella Benjamin. We will be writing thought bubbles as she travels to and arrives in England and then retelling the story in the 1st person.

 

In our SPAG (Spelling Punctuation and Grammar) lessons we will be focusing on

  • Using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to  demarcate sentences.
  • Using present tense and past tense.
  • Identifying nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
  • Adding suffixes: -ful, -less, -ly, -ment, -ness.
  • Changing the root word to add the suffixes –ing, -ed, -er, -est
  • Using apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and learning to spell words with contracted forms
  • Using commas to separate items in a list.
  • And finally to use conjunctions for subordination (when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (or, and, but).

 

 

 

                                                            Maths                                                

In Maths, this half term, the children will begin with Addition and Subtraction.  As a class, we will learn strategies to add and subtract a one digit number from a two digit number and then add or subtract tens from a two digit number within 100. We will then work together to add and subtract mentally or with jottings any two two digit numbers within 100. 

Next, the children will apply what they have learned to money! First we will refresh our knowledge of the denominations of all coins and notes used in Great Britain then 

using our newly practiced addition and subtraction skills we will combine amounts to make particular values and find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money. We will solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change. 
Finally, we will revisit fractions building on what we learnt in Autumn term. The children will learn to recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3, 1/4 , 2/4and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. We will write simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2.
 

 

                                                 Subject                                                         

Our units of work this half term focus on Design Technology and Geography.

In Design Technology we are exploring mechanisms with a focus on the use of wheels and axles. The children will be tasked with helping the chickens who are asking for a vehicle to help them move the tools and equipment they need to build the wall more quickly.

The children will

Explore and use wheels, axles and axle holders.
Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups.
Design purposeful, functional, appealing vehicles for themselves and other users based on the chicken's design criteria.
Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing).
Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, according to their characteristics.
Evaluate their ideas and products - Have they designed, made and evaluated a push/pull vehicle that will carry equipment for a character in the story The Chickens Build a Wall?

 

We will then undertake our second Geography Unit - The UK My Place in the World

We plan to zoom out to the United Kingdom to gain a sense of our place within the UK.

We will explore where we live on a map of the UK and identify and locate Manchester on a map of the UK.
We will build on our work in Year 1 using maps, atlases and globes to identify the four capital cities of the four countries of the UK. The children will learn how to use the four compass points to describe where the countries and capital cities of the UK are in relation to each other and in relation to our location in Manchester.

Then we will ‘fly’ around the United Kingdom, exploring physical features gaining an appreciation of the physical diversity it offers.

We will focus our study on:
-beach/cliff/coast in particular Cornwall 
-forest/vegetation (Kielder Forest/Northumberland)
-hills/mountains/valley (North Wales/Snowdon)

From our birds eye the children will learn how to use aerial photographs as well as maps with symbols to compare the physical and human features of different parts of the UK. 

 

In Science we are undertaking a very exciting STEM project on catapults. The children will be given lots of opportunities to build catapults and then design their own to help the animals get over the wall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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