I absolutely LOVE 'The Famous five - 5 go to smugglers top'. It gives me such wonderful memories of when I used to have sleepovers with my best friend, and we would listen to 'The famous five' books on audio. I have particularly fond memories of listening to this one in the dark whilst eating a midnight feast and loving the feeling of being scared but needing to continue listening so that I could complete the adventure with the famous five. I love how Enid Blyton almost makes you feel as though you're an extra member of the gang whilst you read the books. I particularly liked George's character too
My favourite book, for nostalgic reasons, is The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I read it many times as a child and when I had a family of my own, I shared it with my two girls. Even now as an adult I sometimes pick it up and read a chapter or two!
The wonderful thing about reading is that it can be used as a window into another life. You can understand and appreciate another land or another time, all without having to leave the comfort of your home.
I like to read books that have twists and turns, that have you on the edge of your seat. The type of books that make you say 'just one more page' and before you know it, you've reached the end and it's 2am. My favourite text type is fiction. I love to find myself waking up in a world constructed purely from words and a collaboration between my imagination and the author's.
Welcome back after the Easter break! The title for this half-term is ‘Out and about.’ Here is an overview of what we’ll be getting up to.
In Science, we will be thinking about ‘living things’, the children will explore whether things are dead, alive, or have never been alive. They will look at habitats and microhabitats and look at how animals obtain their food from their habitats. We will also focus on food chains. The end point for this unit will be to design their own habitat showing understanding of basic needs and food chains.
In Geography we will be looking at the 4 countries within the UK, and their capitals. We will also be looking at the surrounding seas. The end of point of the unit will be for the children to be able to name the 4 countries and capital cities within the UK and identify their landmarks.
Phonics and spelling will be taught daily alongside our English lessons. This half term we will be writing with a purpose to entertain to start off with, looking at the stimulus of Caterpillar shoes’. Then, for the rest of the half term, we will be writing to inform, we will writing our own non-chronological reports on minibeasts and then about the UK.
In maths, we continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work. Our focus in year one will be multiplication and division, and then fractions. We will be continually reviewing our arithmetic methods throughout the half term through our ‘fluency in five’ sessions.
Our focus in Year 2 will be looking at length and height and then position and direction. We will be continually reviewing our arithmetic methods throughout the half term.
In P.E, we will be focusing on map reading, children will work together throughout the unit to be able to follow symbols and read a simple map. The end point for this unit will be to follow a simple map.
In R.E. we will exploring the question: “What do Christians believe God is like?” We will be thinking about the story of the prodigal son and Jonah, and how these stories both show that God is forgiving and loving. We will also be thinking about how Christians pray to God to ask for forgiveness and about how Christians show their love to God.
In computing, we will be completing our ‘creating digital pictures’ unit, in which the children will look at the impressionist style of art and use 2paint a picture. The end point for this unit will be to use 2PaintAPicture to create artwork in the style of Piet Mondrian.
In PSHCE, Year 1s and Year 2s will be thinking about feelings, Year 1s will be thinking about the fact that we all have feelings and that we have good and not so good feelings. The Year 2s will be focusing on ‘big feelings’.