Welcome back to Term 4!
We hope you had a good half term and feel refreshed for the new term! We have an exciting and fun filled term ahead!
This term our topic is ‘How does your garden grow?’ Our main text for the term is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ as well as ‘George and Flora’s secret garden’. The second book is a non-fiction book which we will be using to focus on instruction writing. It tells us about how to grow your own plants and make food with the produce grown. They have excellent examples of a good instruction writing.
As part of our topic we will be learning about types of trees and flowers. Children will be learning to identify the different parts of a flower and tree as well as distinguish the difference between an evergreen and deciduous tree. Furthering this, children will also describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets). In Geography children will learn about where these animals might live and what climate they might live in. Children will refer to geographical vocabulary and their key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather to describe where animals might live. If you want to know more about our topic, click here.
As part of our English we will be looking at the well-known fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk, children will read it, answers questions about it, act it out and respond to the text with letters and diary entries. Furthering this children will then be writing the story in parts Within their writing children will focus on using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and using conjunctions such as ‘because’ and ‘but’ to join their ideas. Within the book there good examples of past tense verbs and –ed endings so children will be using them this term in their response writing as practise and then in their story writing demonstrating their understanding. After writing story, children will then edit it and read it to reception who are going to be learning about it. After writing the story then the children will focus on instructional writing. This will support their final piece of writing at the seed sale at the end of term. Children will write instructions a couple of times before writing their final piece on how to plant a plant.
In Maths, we will begin the term by looking multiplication and division. Children will use their knowledge of addition from earlier on in the term to help with multiplication. We will look at equal groups and how to make equal groups. Children will learn multiplication as repeated addition with visuals to support their learning. If you have a chance to practise the 2 x and 10 x table at home with your child this would be great for their learning in school. After multiplication and division we will go back to addition and subtraction and related number facts such as 3 + 2 = 5 so 13 + 2 = 15.
If you have any questions about our learning, please don’t hesitate to come and ask or if you are interested in volunteering in class, please come and see me after school.