This half term, we’re going to travel back in time! Our topic is
Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right, we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This half term, we’ll experience a travelling History museum, look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this half term. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes. At the end of our project, we’ll have a dinosaur party to share our knowledge with you. We’ll invent some dinosaur games to play and entertain you with our wonderful dinosaur music.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 25th February - Spring 2 begins
Friday 28th February - Dynamic Dinosaur Day
Week Beginning Monday 3rd March - Book Week
Friday 3rd April - Last day of half term
These are the objectives we are focussing on in English and Maths this half term:
- Give an opinion with a reason.
- Listen to others’ opinions.
- Use Standard English to give an opinion.
- Recite/perform own compositions.
- Use prior knowledge to understand texts.
- Use picture clues to support understanding.
- Use picture clues to deepen understanding.
- Identify unfamiliar words and ask about meaning.
- Use the context to make informed guesses about the meaning of unfamiliar words.
- Discuss the meaning of unfamiliar words.
- Identify the key events in a story.
- Make predictions based on the events in the story.
- Identify the characters in a story.
- Recognise a character’s feelings.
- Say why a character has a feeling.
- Give an opinion about a character.
- Answer retrieval questions about the book.
- Use information from the story to support opinion.
- Say what they like or dislike about a book.
- Listen to others’ ideas about a book.
- Say whether they agree or disagree with other’s ideas.
- Know that there are different kinds of books.
- Know the difference between a story book and an information book.
- Talk about ideas for writing.
- Know what to write about.
- Choose one idea for a sentence.
- Say the sentence aloud.
- Check that the sentence makes sense.
- Hold the sentence in your head.
- Write the sentence.
- Read the sentence and check that it makes sense.
- Check that the sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with the right end mark – full stop/question mark.
- Decide on the next sentence which will say what happened next.
Writing - grammar and vocabulary
- Know what a sentence is when speaking.
- Recognise upper and lower case letters.
- Find sentences in reading.
- Notice sentence demarcation in reading.
- Check that a capital has been used for the personal pronoun I in writing.
- Find where capital letters have been used other than to start sentences in reading.
- Know that the names of people need capital letters.
- Use capital letters for special names of people in writing.
- Sorting, counting forwards and backwards and writing numbers to 20
- Counting one more one less, comparing groups and numbers of objects to 20
- Ordering objects and numbers, ordinal numbers and using a number line
- Part-whole within 20
- Number bonds to ten, finding and comparing number bonds to ten
- Addition and subtraction within 20
- Finding the whole/adding together, finding the whole/ adding more, finding a part
- Finding and making number bonds
- Finding addition facts
- Solving addition word problems