The theme for Autumn 1 half term is Tribal Tales.
"Take a moment to step outside and stand quietly and still. Turn off all your technology and try to forget the modern world. Imagine this place 5000 years ago. What would you have seen? Head back to prehistoric times to gather berries and hunt down dinner. Unearth ancient objects and visit astonishing mystical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time. Learn how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years, from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion. Work as a tribe to build a seasonal monument to celebrate the coming of spring. Then sit quietly and reflect, waiting for the sunrise. What tribal tales will you have to tell?"
In the Tribal Tales topic, children will learn about the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will explore cave art, Neolithic patterns, Iron Age jewellery, and look for traces from the past in aerial photographs. In science, children will learn about light including identifying light sources, exploring reflection and shadows. Reading skills will be further developed, including fluency, literal retrieval skills and inferential skills. Encouraging your child to read at home, and to enjoy sharing stories will help to develop a lifelong love of reading - whether it is a school book, magazine, graphic novel, online news or anything else that is age appropriate! Enjoy!
In writing, we will focus on developing sentence structure using Rainbow Grammar, and enhancing vocabulary including through dictionary skills. We will revisit some KS1 spelling patterns in the first half-term before moving onto KS2 spellings after the Autumn half-term break.
In maths, number and place value is the first topic block. Mental fluency is the key to independence and confidence in maths, so children will practice counting forwards and backwards, revisit number bonds, mentally add and subtract, and accurately and quickly recall times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars homework will be set to support the learning of times tables and there are a number of other websites and apps that are free that can be used at home to support learning such as Hit the Button.
It's going to be a fabulous term!
Many thanks, Mrs Wass