Our Topic – Spring Term First Half
Will you read me a story?
Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? We will explore these questions and more in this magical project. Meet the three little pigs who need our help to build a strong fortress. Inside its strong walls we’ll be safe from the big, bad wolf! No huffing and puffing will blow our fortresses down!
This term, we will dress up as a character from our favourite book and hopefully visit a castle to explore the towers, battlements and maybe a secret tunnel or two! Climbing the battlements or tunnelling in the ground, there’s a whole world of adventure and fun to be found! We’ll learn all about the different parts of a castle and describe how they have changed over time. Maps and photographs will help us learn about the tallest buildings and the longest tunnels in the world. In Class 2 we will be using a wide range of materials, we’ll build models of castles and test the strength of our structures. We’ll read lots of stories and create story maps to retell familiar tales and contemporary versions of fairy tales will inspire us to write our own stories. After reading The Enormous Turnip, we’ll plant seeds and learn how to care for them. We’ll also test the right materials to make a bed for a princess, and houses for the Three Little Pigs. At the end of our project, we’ll have so much to share! We’ll display our amazing structures and look back at photographs of our incredible experiences.
|ILP Focus||Design and Technology|
|English||Recounts, reported speech, stories, letters, posters. We will follow the National Curriculum requirements for Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (SPAG).|
|D&T||Making models of towers, bridges and tunnels|
|Computing||Create castles using drawing software.To understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.|
|Art & design||Sculptures using natural materials. Explore the work of a famous artist.|
|History||Castles and castle life, significant individuals.|
|Geography||Amazing structures around the world, towers and bridges in the local area|
|Mathematics||Measures, Number, Addition, Subtraction and Division. In Maths we will continue to follow the National Curriculum.|
|PE||Defending games, balance and co-ordination|
|PSHE||Dilemmas. Respect and consideration for others|
|Science||Living things and their habitats, use of everyday materials|
Help your child prepare for their project:
Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastical world. Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales. Towers, tunnels and turrets are everywhere! Why not visit a skyscraper, big wheel or tower? Look at the materials the structure is made of to decide why the materials were chosen. You could also use blocks or stones to create tall towers. How high can you go? Alternatively, play Jenga together and see if you can work out how to make the tower stay strong, even when you have removed some of the blocks!
Below are the Year 1 and Year 2 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.
In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.