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. We are also offering German and Spanish as a club to other year groups, and la Scuola Italia Broxbourne offers the opportunity for children in Years 1 to 6 to learn Italian; do see the clubs list.
In science children will be learning about Me and My World, 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, including colour mixing, and will be painting self-portraits. 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 writing programmes that can enhance their learning.
In science children will be finding out about Minibeasts and how to care for living things. Their literacy studies will include rhyming songs, such as Tiny Caterpillar on a Leaf, Wiggly Worm, poetry by Brian Moses and stories by Eric Carle, in particular The Hungry Caterpillar. They will be investigating the school grounds in geography, describing features they see, and in PSED they will be exploring how we can look after our environment. Their studies will be supported by a trip to Waltham Abbey Gardens which will focus on exploring insect habitats. In religious education they will be exploring special books important to religions and thinking about people who help us. 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 model using a variety of media. In music they will accompanying new songs with movements and instruments. In Computing they will be developing their directional and keyboard skills, using the 2 simple program.
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.
Children will be studying the topic Toys in the first half term. In history children will study the similarities and differences between toys in the present day compared to the past. Their studies will be enriched by a practical workshop using artefacts borrowed from Hertford Museum. In English, children will be writing factual sentences and learning a range of traditional playground chants and poems. In science children will use toys to investigate materials and their properties, as well as studying light, sound and forces. In design and technology they will make models using reclaimed materials which will involve the exploration of wheels and their movement.
In the second half of the term, children will be learning about The World. They will be introduced to different countries, their cultures, special places/ landmarks, food and traditional dress. In English children will be writing their own imaginative stories based on the story ‘The Magic Bed’ by John Burlingham and learning a range of poems from around world and cultural songs from the book Tam Tam Tambalay by Helen MacGregor. Whilst studying the world children will also learn how to create simple maps and how to care for the world we live in.
Over the term in religious education children will be identifying special people in our family and the community, and learning about special books, including the Bible and will be listening to a range of bible stories. In personal, social and emotional education children will be learning about how to help and care for friends, how to keep safe, and will be identifying and dealing with feelings positively. They will sing familiar songs and new ones introduced during music, as well as playing percussion instruments and exploring sound patterns. In art they will be exploring colour mixing, a skill which will aid other creative work in the classroom.