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Jumbo Giants and Beautiful Beanstalks

This half term in Year 1 our topic is ‘Jumbo Giants and Beautiful Beanstalks’


In English our main focus will be traditional (fairy) tales. The children will be learning about giants and imagining what it is like to be a giant. From this they will be writing their own version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The children will be expected to write sentences using a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops and add conjunctions to make their sentences longer. They will also continue to learn their phonic letter sounds and digraphs and try applying these in their writing as well as developing their reading skills.


In Maths we will be focusing on ‘measurement’. The children will learn about length, height, weight and volume. They will also continue to practise how to count forwards and backwards to 50 from any given number and count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10s.Throughout the children will be challenged with maths problems to check their understanding.


In Science the children will be planting vegetables and beans and watching them grow in different conditions. The children will also learn how to name the different parts of a tree and a plant.


In Computing the children will continue to learn about e-safety. They will also be learning how to create an animated story closely linked to traditional tales.


Our topic focus this term is Geography. The children will be learning about our locality and Great Baddow. They will learn how to draw simple maps and look for physical features in their local environment.


In RE the children will learn about special things in Nature in Christianity and other religions. They will be discussing what aspects of the natural world we can see around us, and enjoy and how can we help to look after the natural world.


In Music our focus this term is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and the children will be learning the story through a range of musical activities which will also develop pulse, rhythm and pitch.


We are an active school and we regularly have active/movement times throughout the school day. Our PE lessons this term will focus on striking and passing the ball in games and creating dances to traditional tales. In class we will be discussing our health and well-being, growing and changing and how general eating habits, sleep and hygiene will help with this.


In Art the children will be using their observational skills to look at the natural world. Trees will be the main focus.


We will continue to use ‘ClassDojo’ as a method to let you know what has been happening in the class and any ways in which you can help your child at home and ‘Bug Club’ as another resource for reading.


All homework/school work must be uploaded on the 'ClassDojo' Portfolio class pages.


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