Here’s what to expect before Christmas


This half term we will begin by learning and performing a story called Into The Forest. We will be using the book in Art to design our own forest scene. The children will be retelling the story in writing and some of us will innovate the story, creating new characters and changing other events in the tale, including conversations and the setting. A small group of children will be writing Hansel and Gretel. Before Christmas we will be learning to write instructions.

Children will continue learning key word spellings, common exception words and will continue to learn to apply phase 5 graphemes in their writing.

Handwriting sessions continue to support the children reach the end of year objectives and some of us are already learning to join.

We will be learning to use conjunctions well this half term and will continue learning to read and edit our writing.


Here are the objectives for this half term. Please continue learning your 10, 2, 5 and 3 times tables too.

Know and use ordinal numbers; understand that 2-digit numbers are made from some 10s and some 1s; Understand place value using 10p and 1p coins; find and record all possible amounts using 10p and 1p coins; find 10p more and 10p less; Find 10 more and 10 less

Add and subtract 10, 20 and 30 to any 2-digit number; Add and subtract 11, 21, 12 and 22 to any 2-digit number; Solve addition and subtractions by counting on and back in 10s then in 1s; solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations

Understand and use terms and vocabulary associated with position, direction and movement; Measure lengths using uniform units; Begin to measure in centimetres and metres

Add and subtract 2-digit numbers; Solve addition and subtraction problems using concrete and pictorial representations; Add near doubles to double 15; Add several small numbers spotting near doubles or pairs to 10, etc.

Count in 2s, 5s and 10s from zero; Count in multiples of 2p, 5p and 10p; Number sequences of 2s, 5s and 10s; Find the totals of coins and ways to make an amount; Use coins to make given amounts of money


Here are our objectives for Living Things:

Children write down examples of things that are alive and things that are not. They explain their choices and see if others agree. Children go on a hunt to find as many different living and non-living things as they can. Children are introduced to the words ʻclassifyingʼ and ʻclassificationʼ and to the idea of ʻonce-livingʼ and ʻnever-livingʼ objects.

Ask children to think of the similarities and differences between a baby doll and a real baby. Children make a checklist of things that living thing can do. They explore a selection of mechanical objects and talk about how some non-living things can be similar to living things despite not being alive. As a group, come up with a set of guidelines to determine what makes something alive and then create a collage to cover each part of the checklist.

The teacher shows children pictures of themselves when they were younger and talk about how they have changed, how the children themselves have changed and how they will continue to change. Children bring in baby pictures of themselves and use as a class display. Ask other members of staff to bring in their baby pictures and play a guessing game. Children look for features that have stayed the same and features that have changed.

Children discuss how animals and humans often look like their parents and that some baby animals are called different things to their parents e.g. cats have kittens. They research one animal that looks similar to its parent and one that does not and present their facts in groups to the class

Children discuss how seeds and plants grow to look like the parent plant. The teacher selects one child to identify an animal and another to find its baby/adult pair. Children then choose an animal or plant to research and make a zig-zag book showing its life stages.

Children will imagine they are curators of a natural history museum and are organising an exhibition so must prepare an information board for visitors. Children use photo cards and categorise their exhibit into living things, non-living things and things that have never been alive. Children place the boards around the class and have a ʻgrand openingʼ, reading and giving each other feedback on their work.



Our topic is World Kitchen. We are learning about where in the world food comes from and we will be cooking some delicious dishes. We have already made pizzas, apple muffins, gingerbread men, cookies and a healthy salad. We have used maps and atlases to learn about farm locations in the UK. We have also learnt about the hatting industry in Denton and learnt about where the factories once where and who the owners were.


Our learning this term is about what it means to be a Muslim and what do Muslims believe. We will be comparing Muslims to Christian people and looking at celebrations.


This half term we will be improving our gymnastic skills and continuing with developing our dance skills.


The theme is Getting On and Falling Out. The children are learning about how to deal with their emotions and work well with others. We explored this during Friendship Day and the importance of kindness, which is one of our Golden Rules.


All the learning is focused around the Christmas production: The Magical Christmas Journey.


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