This half term our topic is based around the theme of ‘Happy Feet’ and winter.
There once was a boy and one day a penguin arrives on his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him. But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the South Pole. But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all!
In Literacy our unit of work will be based on the story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.
Some of the activities will include:
- Role-play- the children will use their imaginations to take on the roles on the penguin and the boy. What would you get up to if you were floating in an upside down umbrella in the middle of Antarctica?
- Writing a diary entry- taking one big step and landing in the boy’s shoes the children will recount how he came to discover the penguin at his front door and what he did to try and help.
- Creating a lost poster- describe the penguin. Where has it come from?
- Writing a set of instructions using time connectives- can the children lend a hand to the penguin and the boy and help them find their way through the treacherous sea’s and lead them to the South Pole safely?
- ‘The waves were as big as mountains’- the children will explore similes and try and create their own for different Arctic and Antarctic animals.
- And so the boy and his friend went home together…but where did the wind take them? Children to create and write the next installment of the boy and penguins journey. Where will they go? What will they see? What danger lies ahead? Who will help them?
With the help of the penguins of Madagascar and Mr Poppers Penguins the children will be learning to:
- Odd and even numbers.
- Add and subtract and create their own number sentences.
- Make number bonds to 10 and 20.
- Sequences of numbers including counting in 2s,5s and 10s.
- Recognise numbers to 100 and begin to understand the value of each number in words and digits.
The children will explore help the penguins of Madagascar to discover their true habitat, the Southern Hemisphere of the world and find out about the South Pole. They will discover where it is on a globe. Where is it in relation to where they live? How far away is it? If they wanted to go there, how would they travel?
They packed everything they would need…
The children will explore what sort of clothes, food and other items you need to take when travelling to Antarctica. They will also take a weekly explorations visiting the 7 wonders of the world and looking at what they would need to take if they went to visit. They will make simple comparisons looking at similarities and differences between places.
While they were travelling to the South Pole, the boy and penguin saw ‘good weather and bad’.
The children will explore different weather conditions in our local area. They will make their very own thermometer and discover how it works. Using thermometers they children will test the temperature outside during different times of the day over a period of time. This information will then be used to create a chart using weather symbols. The children will also look at different cloud patterns to determine whether or not we can predict the weather. After the children have collected all their evidence they will work in small groups to create their very own weather forecast.
This half term we will be focusing on ‘Caring for each other’. This will help us to understand how we can help and care for each other. Children will learn about kindness and the importance of caring for others by exploring the values of different religions.
Thursday afternoons is Forest Schools with Mrs Paylor. Please remember your child’s warm, waterproof clothing and wellies.
PE lessons are every Thursday Afternoon. Please ensure that your child has their named PE kit with them every day as we sometimes fit in extra PE lessons.
Spellings will be tested each Friday and weekly spellings are now in your child’s reading diary. Homework is learning spellings and reading at home 3x per week, please record this in your child’s diary. If you wish to practice maths/English at home the best way is through fun games. Below are a selection of age-appropriate online games.
Please contact Mrs Danylyk is you would like to get involved in our Mystery Reader events.