This half term, we’re going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! Our topic is
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
Meeting an animal expert will allow us to ask and answer questions, share information about the pets we have at home and write animal information booklets.
We’ll study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints.
Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud.
We’ll spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage.
At the end of our project, children will share their work with you! An exhibition of our amazing artwork and performances of animal songs, with musical accompaniment, will allow you to take a walk on the wild side with us for our Christmas performance.
We will also share our knowledge of animals and recite amusing rhymes that may include an animal noise or two!
Dates for your diary
Monday 4th November - Autumn 2 begins
First 2 weeks back - parent teach consultations
Wednesday 20th November - Simon Airey - the animal man visits school
Friday 20th December - Last day of 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 ten
- Counting one more one less, comparing groups and numbers of objects to ten
- Ordering objects and numbers, ordinal numbers and using a number line
- Part-whole within 10
- Number bonds to ten, finding and comparing number bonds to ten
- Addition and subtraction within 10
- 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