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Autumn 2018

Class studies ~ here are details of the topics that the children are studying this term.

Whole school targets

As a school, in English we are concentrating on improving children’s writing.  This term our whole school targets are to improve children’s sentence structure and punctuation. All children will have English targets relating to this whole school target.

In mathematics, we are concentrating on improving children’s ability with mental arithmetic and their sense of number and we have timetabled in extra time for this.  As part of the curriculum, all children, from Reception onwards will be learning French, and our Year 5 and Year 6 children will be learning Spanish weekly.  Our Year 6 children will also be introduced to German and Italian over the year.  We are also offering German and Spanish as a club to other year groups; do see the clubs list.

Reception classes

In science children will be learning about Ourselves, including their five senses.  Children’s studies will be complemented by a science workshop provided by Set Point Hertfordshire. They will also be studying seasonal change, incorporating a walk through our woods.  In design and technology children will be developing their cutting skills and using a wide variety of construction materials to make their own nursery rhyme puppet.   In history children will be focusing on their growing up memories, and stories that develop their understanding of change.  In religious education the children will be examining the events in their lives that they celebrate and why.  In art they will be learning the skills involved in painting and collage and in music they will be learning new songs and exploring sound patterns, as well as singing familiar songs.  They will also be learning a range of nursery rhymes.  In computing children will become familiar with painting and sorting programs that can enhance their learning, as well as learning how to control programmable robots.

Summer 2018

Reception classes

In science children will be finding out about plant growth and how to care for plants, and also studying  animals.  Children will also have the opportunity to observe eggs hatching.  Their English studies will include  rhyming songs , such as The Tighty Whity Spider by Kenn Nesbitt, poetry by Brian Moses, and stories by Eric Carle, in particular The Tiny Seed .  They will be investigating the school grounds in geography, describing the features they see, and in PSHE and C they will be exploring how we can look after our environment.  Their studies will be supported by a trip to Paradise Wildlife Park.  In religious education they will be exploring special books important to religions, in particular the Bible.  In art children will be studying the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh, in particular his depiction of sunflowers, and in design and technology they will be making 3D models using a variety of media.  In music they will be accompanying new songs with movements and instruments. In ICT they will be developing their directional and keyboard skills, skills using the 2 simple program.

Spring 2018

Children’s studies       

Across the school in English, all children will be focusing on writing imaginative and thoughtful texts, which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose.   In mathematics, we continue to focus on improving children’s mental arithmetic ability and number fluency, alongside teaching other areas.

Reception classes

Children will be studying the topics of Fantasy and Fairytales in the first half term. As part of this topic children’s scientific studies will focus on day and night. This will include a visit from Mr Star Man of the Astronomy Roadshow on Wednesday 17th  January.  In Design and Technology, children will be making finger puppets based on introduced stories and in computing children will be using  ‘2simple’ software to create imaginative stories.

In the second half term, children will be studying the topic of Transport and Journeys. Their scientific studies will focus on forces and in Design and Technology they will be making road vehicles. In Geography, the children will also be developing their ability to create simple road maps using symbols. Children will also be introduced to a range of poetry on the theme of transport, for example John Burlingham’s Mr. Gumpy’s Outing.

Over the term in RE children will be identifying special people in their family and community; in History, children will study selected famous people from the past. In personal, social and health education, children will be learning how to help and care for friends, taught the rules on how to keep safe, and be identifying and dealing with feelings positively. In music they will sing familiar songs and be introduced to new ones, as well as playing percussion instruments and exploring sound patterns.  In art they will be painting their favourite fairy tale characters and exploring colour mixing.



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