Starfish Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2
This half term we will be learning the story of Handa’s Surprise and Mick Inkpen will be our focus author. We will be completing a range of activities based on Handa’s Surprise e.g drama, hot seating, tasting and describing fruit, retelling and changing aspects of the original plot. The story will be the main focus for World Book Day. We will be learning how to use question marks and exclamation marks this half term. When we focus on non fiction children will learn how to write a travel brochure. Children will continue to experience shared and guided reading to develop decoding, sight vocabulary and comprehension skills.
In maths we will continue to work on number, calculation and problem solving activities. Children will continue to gain basic skills e.g. counting in multiples, adding and subtracting mentally, finding number bonds and solving missing number problems. We will continue to develop number fluency by applying maths to real life contexts. The key topics will be multiplication, fractions (finding ¼), 3D shape and capacity.
In science we will continue to learn about animals. We will learn about classification and the features of different groups e.g. amphibians. After this topic we will start to investigate the conditions for plant growth. We will also be learning to name a selection of common plants.
Our RE lessons will continue to focus on Jesus and the stories he told to others. We will also be learning the Easter story as part of the RE curriculum.
Geography will be a focus subject this half term. We will learn about the countries that make up the UK and the associated capital cities. We will also learn about the features of each country. We will be making cross curricular links when we learn how to write a travel brochure.
In PE we will continue to learn strategies for playing games. We will learn how to score points against an opponent. Children will also learn about the roles of an ‘attacker’ and ‘defender’ in a game. We will also be developing our throwing skills.
Ways to help your child
Wow words homework will be given on a Monday. Please aim to practise reading and spelling the words daily. At this stage in the year it is important that children write sentences using the wow words and use capital letters and punctuation correctly. Maths homework will be given on a Friday. Please also access Mathletics, Lexia and Active Learn if you have internet access. It is also important to read regularly with your child to develop fluency. Encourage them to make inferences and predictions as they read. Can they explain what they understand about a text? Is it non fiction or fiction? Home reading books are located in the colour coded boxes in the hall. Children are required to change their own reading book by choosing a book from the correct colour coded section.
It is important that children have a full PE kit (T shirt, shorts and plimsolls) in school each day. Children can keep their kit on their peg in a named bag. All PE kit items must be clearly named.