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Term 5 - Do cows drink milk?

Old Macdonald had a farm, e-i-e-i-o! Do cows drink milk? What are baby pigs called? It’s time to find out more about life on the farm and the animals that live there.

This half term, we will be visiting a local farm to take in the sights, sounds and smells. We will observe the different farm animals, crops and vehicles, and maybe even take a ride on a tractor! Back in the classroom, we will monitor beans as they grow, noting how they change.   Outside once more, we will take it in turns to be sheepdogs, sheep and farmers. Can we herd all of our sheep into the pen? Getting creative, we’ll use coloured play dough and clay to create farmyard scenarios. Then, we will design and make delicious flavoured breads to sell in our very own farm shop!

We will write funny farmyard stories and write a letter to send to the farm we visited, explaining what we’ve learned.

 

You will find activities to support this topic from home in your child's Learning Log and by reading the Knowledge Organiser for the term above.  If you would like any more information, please speak to Mrs Handford. 

Term 4 Why do Ladybirds have spots?

Incy wincy spider climbed up the waterspout! Why do ladybirds have spots? Why do spiders spin webs? It’s time to find out more about minibeasts and their habitats.

This half term, we will use our wonderful outside space to carry out a minibeast safari! Magnifying glasses clutched firmly in hands, we’ll look under logs, leaves and stones for creatures that wriggle, crawl or fly. We’ll find out about minibeast habitats, features and colours, and compare them. Observing snails, we’ll think about how they move. Can we move like that too? We’ll also move like ants, working together to collect and carry objects to move and rebuild a structure, piece by piece. To get to know these creepy crawlies better, we’ll make and monitor a mini wormery, minibeast hotel and a butterfly garden. Can we predict what will be these minibeasts’ favourite foods? In our literacy sessions, we’ll use sequential vocabulary to retell stories, and write a story from the perspective of a spider. We will use our Maths skills to predict and count ladybird spots and compare the lengths of caterpillars made from cubes, counters and beads. Getting creative, we’ll make leaf confetti, minibeast finger puppets, and learn to waggle dance like a bee.

 

You will find activities to support this topic from home in your child's Learning Log and by reading the Knowledge Organiser for the term above.  If you would like any more information, please speak to Mrs Handford. 

 

 

Here are some of the books that we will enjoy in Term 4

Term 3 What happens when I fall asleep?

 

Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Why are there stars in the sky at night? Does everyone go to bed at the same time? It’s time to find out more about night time.

This half term, Water Class will be exploring the great starry sky and exploring the planets and the solar system. Snuggling up with comfy cushions and blankets, we’ll listen to bedtime stories and nursery rhymes. Zzz... Wide awake once more, we’ll learn about people and services that work at night, the Hubble Telescope and nocturnal animals. We’ll also find out more about how good bedtime routines can have a positive impact on our health, and take part in a series of bedtime challenges. 

 

Children are natural scientists—always observing, questioning, predicting, and experimenting. In this topic they will have opportunities to observe differences in the sun and the moon, explore opposite positions in relation to objects, weigh objects to determine which are heavy and which are light, and ask, Why? about many of these things.

 

At the end of the project, we’ll share and reflect on what we have learnt, and we’ll use our knowledge and creativity to write a bedtime story to take home to read. 


You will find activities to support this topic from home in your child's Learning Log and by reading the Knowledge Organiser for the term above.  If you would like any more information, please speak to Mrs Handford. 

Some of the books we will enjoy in Term 3

Term 1 - Me & My Community

In their very first term at school, your child will learn about the St Joseph's school community, our school values and friendships. They will explore the school grounds and find out about all the people in school who are there to help them. They will begin to understand how they are special and unique and how everyone’s family is different. They will take part in practical activities to support them to build new friendships and explore what makes a good friend. They will also find out about people in the community who help us, including doctors, nurses, and the emergency services.

For information on specific learning areas please read our Term 1 information below.

Here are some ideas to support your child at home with this topic: 
 

  • Look at family photographs together and discuss who is part of your family and extended family.
  • Look at baby photographs and talk about how they have grown.
  • Look at any childhood photographs of parents and grandparents.
  • Talk about the things you like to do together and places you like to go

For more information please speak to Mrs Handford

Some of the books we will enjoy in Term 1

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