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Welcome to the start of our new school year - I hope the summer break has left you full of energy and are ready for a new term.


We will be spending the Autumn Term following a Geography theme that focuses on weather around the world. The children will explore: different climate zones around the world - how they compare with our locality, how weather affects activities and holiday choices as well as weather forecasting. The outcome of this unit is for the children to use their knowledge to produce their own holiday brochure for a chosen holiday destination.


In Literacy we will be looking at Adventure Stories focussing on the text Amazing Esme by Tamara Macfarlane. They will have a grammar focus on descriptive vocabulary and all will be encouraged to use this in their independent writing when they write their own adventure story. Other topics to follow include Information Texts, Authors and Letters as well as a poetry unit on Language Play.


We will be looking at numbers, number operations, shape, measures, handling data and solving problems. There will be a BIG focus on learning times tables: plenty of practise and lots of encouragement and support at home is much appreciated.
In Science we will be learning about Characteristics of Materials. The children will identify common materials and suggest reasons why materials are suitable for different purposes. They will test and compare materials, developing their investigative skills. In the second half term, they will look at thermal properties of different materials and how they are used in everyday items to keep things hot and cold.
Click on the picture below to take you to BBC Science Clips - Investigating Materials:

The children will explore the Bible and what it means to Christians. They discover why it was written and what it contains. They will compare what influences their own lives with those of Christians. After half term, the children will listen and respond to stories about the miracles that Jesus performed.


This term there will be two PE sessions—one outside and one in the gym. PE kit should ALWAYS be in school during the week including warm outdoor clothing and footwear (joggers and trainers). The two indoor focuses are cultural dance and gymnastics, looking at symmetry and asymmetry. In outdoor P.E. we will look at invasion games and net/wall games.


The children will be learning how to use the Internet effectively for research. They are also going to use online weather databases to retrieve information for their topic. They will continue to develop their word processing and graphical skills to present work effectively.


The children will be developing their basic skills in French focusing on; how to meet and greet people, asking how someone is, the colours, alphabet, numbers 1-12 and Christmas celebrations.

In Art this term, the children will study the drawings and paintings of moving images by Edgar Degas. They will look at body positions and proportions, applying chalk to achieve transparency and texture as well as creating contrast using black paint. Children will plan and make a freestanding photograph frame in Design Technology.
 The children will focus on the musical elements of tempo and dynamics, whilst listening and responding to cultural Balinese music. The children will control percussion instruments to make changes in tempo and dynamics and will compose and perform as part of a class and in small groups.

The theme for this half term is New Beginnings. This focuses on beginning a new class in school, making friends and keeping friendships, rights and responsibilities. After half term, the focus will be Say No to Bullying. The children will discuss how their actions affect themselves and others and to care about others feelings.

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