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Term 6

This term our topic will be…  And They’re Off!


This term our topic is all about journeys.  We will begin by discovering how people learn to walk and how this changes over time.  Then we will be thinking about journeys we have taken, both far away and close to home, and discuss how we travel to school each day.  After that, we will look at a map of Keyham.  Using positional and directional language, we will describe what we see e.g. the school is next to the park.  Eventually, we will read ‘The Journey Home from Grandpa’s’.  Whilst doing this we will identify lots of describing language from the story, and add some of our own exciting wow words to help us write some really super sentences. Our writing priority is “I can attempt to write sentences which can be read by myself and others.”

Sports Week starts on Monday 21st June.  In our PE lessons, we will be practising races for sports day, which is being held on Thursday 24th June.  We will also have a teacher in from Stoke Damerel Secondary School to help us develop our ball skills.  Furthermore, we will learn all about the famous athlete Usain Bolt, and Jamaica and the Caribbean where he comes from.

Fingers crossed, if all goes to plan, we will catch the train to Calstock and use our noticing muscle to discover what is man-made and what is natural in Calstock. Then we will compare what we find to Keyham.  On our return, we will write about our trip on the train in the style of the book ‘The Train Ride’ by June Crebbin.

After that, we will discuss journeys by air and experiment to find out why hot air balloons lift off and what happens to warm air. Then we will learn some of the history of flying and create our own historical time line, using the language past and present. We will also make some hot air balloons for our Arts Festival on 29th June.

As we learn about journeys by boat, we will make some boats and see if they can float. 

Eventually, we will learn all about travel by road and read some fun stories such as the ‘Naughty Bus’ and the ‘Hundred Decker Bus’ linked to our maths. On that note, we will include lots of fun maths, including measuring how far our aeroplanes fly and capacity, but our priority will be “I can double and share numbers and amounts to 10.”

Finally, our reading priority this term is ‘to know that information can be retrieved from books and computers.’  We will read lots of non-fiction books and do some research on journeys to help us meet this.


Term 5

This term our topic will be…  Mucking Out


Don’t let the topic title fool you - this term we will be learning all about farms!  We will start by looking at the difference between the countryside and town and discuss what we know about farms and what we want to learn.  As part of our Understanding the World we will investigate the jobs of people and animals on the farm and how machinery can help.  Then, as part of our art, we will make some of our own tractors using junk modelling. We will also discuss some of the different types of farms, such as arable and pastoral, and what sorts of animals you might find on farms. In music, we will make some farm soundscapes, then we will hatch our own chicks from eggs. 

Our writing priorities are: I can attempt to write sentences which can be read by myself and others and I can form my letters correctly. There will be lots of opportunities to show this as we write fact sheets all about chickens and eggs.

We will read lots of fiction and non-fiction books about farms. When we read ‘What the ladybird heard’, we will label some of our own farm maps.  After that, we will program the beebots to move around our maps using lots of positional language. 

For our guided reading sessions, we will continue to read our phonically decodable books to help with our priority: I can demonstrate that I have understood what I have read.  We will also use lots of our class fiction books to help with our other reading priority: I can make predictions about what might happen next in a story and begin to infer things.

In maths, we will be using our noticing muscle a lot as we look for patterns in shapes and numbers.  Our priorities include: I can recognise and name common 3D shapes and I can recognise teen numbers and know they are made from tens and ones. 

Term 4: This term our topic will be…  Spring Into New Life!


As the topic title suggests, this term we will be learning all about spring - the changes it brings, new life, growth and change. Parts of our discussions will be around how things can grow from a seed, an egg or be born alive.  


We will read a mix of non-fiction and fiction books on growing and change.  This will include: The Growing Story, A Tiny Seed, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and one of my personal favourites Tadpoles Promise.


We will be discovering different changes in plants and animals and learn about life cycles of frogs and caterpillars.  Furthermore, we will be ordering caterpillars that we will feed and observe grow and then once they have transformed into butterflies we will set them free.  We will also plant and grow some of our own seeds.


As the days grow longer and we are measuring growth and time it is only right that our maths priorities are:   I can order and sequence events and I can measure short periods of time in simple ways.  Of course we will continue our fluency skills of recognising numbers and making numbers up to 10 in different ways.


Our English priorities are: I can read some common irregular words, I can form letters properly - starting and finishing in the right place and I can use a full stop to finish a sentence.


Our Music will link with our ICT this term as we use the computer to help us make our own tunes and learn about pulse, rhythm and pitch.  In addition to this we will learn a song all about New Beginnings.


Finally, we will learn about Easter and how it is celebrated by lots of people, but is particularly important to Christians.


Term 3: This term our topic will be…  Into the Woods.


This term we will be looking at real life aspects of forests and woodlands.  We will find out information about woodland creatures and their habitats by looking at nonfiction books. However, there will be lots of fictional stories along the way too as we read traditional tales that involve going into the woods such as ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Goldilocks and the three Bears’ and ‘The Gruffalo’.   

We will be investigating food that different woodland animals eat and learning about food chains.  We will find out lots of information about who lives in the woods and what sorts of foods can be found.


Our writing priority will be ‘To hold a pencil correctly and form letters, most of which are correctly formed’ and our spelling priority isTo break the flow of speech into words’.  We will do this through lots of purposeful writing, including writing instructions on how to make Gruffalo Crumble . 


Our maths priority will be to ‘Find one more and one less than a given number to 10’.  Please do this lots at home.


Our guided reading priority will be I can have a guess about what will happen next or how a story might end and in our phonics we will learn to, read some common irregular tricky words and to revise the set 1 sounds and blend them together to read words fluently.


We will be doing lots of Outside Learning, going on bug hunts, camouflaging ourselves in the garden, culminating in a Forest School exhibition, which Covid permitting, you will be invited in to see in our final week before February half term.

Our topic for term 2 is … ‘Celebrations.’


This term we will be looking at a variety of different celebrations that are marked by different people such as: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance, Birthdays and Christmas. We will investigate different ways to celebrate i.e. through attending parties, making food, cleaning the house, wearing special clothes and giving presents.


We will read lots of different books about celebrations some fiction and others non-fiction and use words like title, blurb, author, page, character when we are discussing books. We will start by reading stories like Room on the Broom to inspire us to write spells.  Then we will make pretend potions using the language full, empty, half full.


We will celebrate Bonfire Night by looking at different fireworks, copying the way these move in our dance and learning lots of wow words like fizzle and explode.


Following this we will be learning how Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated.  In science we will explore light and dark and make shadow puppets. Then we will make Diya lamps from salt dough and decorate them to sell at Christmas.


Our maths priority this term is linked to shapes - To begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D and flat 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them. We will start by investigating 2D shapes, learning their names and finding out their properties, using language such as straight, sides, curved etc.  Then we will play with 2D shapes to make Rangoli patterns when we celebrate Diwali. Later in the term, when we celebrate Christmas, we will be wrapping up and 3D shapes for Christmas presents. 


Our writing priority is - To use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning. There will be lots of opportunities to write this term, including making a kindness display for the hall, card making, invitation writing, letters to Santa and making lists of food we want to bring to our Christmas party.


Our values of the month are ‘Kindness in November and ‘Patience’ in December.  



Term 1: This term our topic will be…  ‘Getting to know...’


As an introduction to school life we will be looking at things the children like about their new school, discussing things they are looking forward to and addressing any concerns or worries they might have.  We will be examining how we become a class family and comparing this to our families at home.


Our values of the month are ‘Courage’ in September and ‘Appreciation’ in October.  We will start by discussing how we are using the value ‘Courage’ as we start school and begin to use exciting new vocabulary. As we move into October we start looking at how all our families and friends are different, but how important it is that we all have the same opportunities and equal rights.


As we explore we will be discussing the five senses touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing.  Please help your child by reinforcing this at home.  In school we will be participating in activities such as going on a listening walk and noticing changes in our environment.  These are things you can also do when walking or visiting different places; stop and discover what noises you can hear and what could be making them.


We will be talking lots about how we look, what makes us special, how we change and how we feel.  We will be reading the stories ‘Titch’ by Pat Hutchins and ‘Ruby’s Worry’ by Tom Percival. We will also read lots of books with rhyming words to help us use and identify rhyme. On national poetry day we will be reading the poem, ‘When I grow up.’ 


Our English priorities include writing our name, giving meanings to marks as we ‘write’ and finally hearing rhymes and continuing rhyming strings.


As part of our maths, we will be learning many number rhymes.  Our priorities include recognising numbers of personal significance, counting out loud to five and counting with one to one correspondence.  We will also begin to understand how five is made.  You can help your child by continuously counting- e.g. the number of cars that drive past, houses in the street, steps etc.


We look forward to an exciting first term at school. As always, if you would like to talk to us about any aspect of your child’s learning then feel free to ask.