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English

In summer term in English, Chaffinch class will be building upon skills they have learned in the previous two terms. We will be continuing to look at sentence structure and using different types of punctuation, as well as handwriting and spelling techniques and patterns. We shall also be continuing to use techniques from The Power of Reading alongside more in-depth studies of different genres of writing, such as diary entries for example. Our focus book for the first term will be 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak.

Alongside our writing we will also be consolidating our knowledge of phase 5 phonics to ensure that we are ready for the phonics screening check in Summer 2.

The children will also continue with weekly guided reading sessions to develop their comprehension skills.

Maths

In maths this term we are going to continue to develop our understanding of place value by building on our knowledge of numbers to 100 and ensuring that we have secure counting skills. We will also be looking at addition and subtraction, and the relationship between the four operations. Furthermore, we will be looking at two different types of measurement this term, both money and weight and volume. 

As always in maths, we shall also be developing our problem solving and reasoning skills, ensuring that we can use previous learning and apply this to new situations. 

Science

Our Science this term will focus mainly on living things, which will fit nicely with our 'Wild' topic. We will be looking at identifying living and non-living things, as well as grouping animals in different ways according to their different appearances and characteristics. Furthermore, we shall be looking at different plants and what we find both in the wild and in our back gardens. 

Working scientifically will also be a big part of our science lessons this term and we shall be undertaking different experiments, including growing our own plants

Topic

Our theme for topic this term is 'Wild' and our work in year 1 will be focused upon answering the question: What does it mean to be wild? To help us find an answer to this we will be looking at the work of Charles Darwin and how he has helped us to better understand animals and where they come from. We will be focusing a lot upon animals and their habitats, and our work will take us outside to find some real life examples of different 'wild' animals, allowing us to discuss different areas of wilderness and what can be found there.