Hedgehogs Curriculum Information for Parents – Autumn 2 2017
Topic: It’s a toys story
Our memorable experiences this term will include:
Take part in a public performance
Go carol singing
Go to the theatre
In English we will cover the following:
We will write information texts about Firework Safety and the Gunpowder plot. We will retell the story and act out the events. We will discuss and share safety tips for firework night.
Our focus will be Adventure stories based on the story Traction Man by Mini Grey. We will read and retell the story orally, create a story map and explore the character. We will plan and write a new adventure.
We will also learn the Christmas story – read and retell orally and using drama and retell in a written format.
We will listen to the poem Ten things found in a Wizards Pocket by Ian McMillan and learn the poem off by heart. We will write list poems based on a Christmas theme.
There will also be specific spelling, grammar and punctuation activities. Children will continue to learn the basic handwriting joins as well as weekly guided and individual reading.
We will recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value.
Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.
Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.
Multiplication and Division
We will recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.
Calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (x), division (÷) and equals (=) sign.
Solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.
Show that the multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot.
In science we will be identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials. We will be conducting an experiment to test which material is the most suitable for Traction man’s wetsuit. We will also continue to look at the uses of everyday materials. We will find out how solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
Some aspects of computing will be learnt by application throughout the curriculum. The specific area of learning this term will be:
Using technology to retrieve information, looking specifically at researching and learning about toys.
Internet safety, keeping personal information safe, expressing concerns.
Art and Design / Design Technology
In Design Technology we will design, make and evaluate a wheeled toy from wood. Our specification will be a wheeled vehicle for Traction man.
Our music unit this half term will focus around the song Babushka as well as our Nativity production. We will be thinking about pulse, rhythm, pitch, singing and playing instruments as well as improvising and composing.
Personal, Health and Social Education
We follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and also use circle time to promote self-expression and confidence. This term the aspects we will investigate are ‘Getting on’.
In history the children will be finding out about toys. They will learn about changes within living memory by exploring toys from today and in the past. They will use different sources to find out about toys and compare similar toys from different periods. They will identify and discuss how toys have changed over time.
The planned sessions for PE this half term are dance and swimming. The children will go swimming every Thursday morning.
Beliefs and Values
The current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus provides the framework for teaching Beliefs and Values (RE) in our school. This term we will continue our work on Diwali before moving onto Christmas and what Christians believe about Jesus.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from RE lessons; please let us know if this is something you are considering.