Termly Overview

SPRING: TERM 1
2016/17
 
Listed below are details about our current topic and the curriculum we will be following this year, along with information about how you can support your child's learning at home.
 
THIS HALF TERM OUR LEARNING CHALLENGE IS...
WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FOOD WE EAT?
I Can describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system and different types of teeth in humans.

•Can they take measurements using different equipment and units of measure and record what they have found in a range of ways?
•Can they make accurate measurements using standard units?
•Can they explain their findings in different ways (display, presentation, writing)?
•Can they make a prediction based on something they have found out?
•Can they record and present what they have found using scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, bar charts and tables?
•Can they identify and name the basic parts of the human digestive system?
•Can they describe the function of the organs of the human digestive system?
•Can they identify the simple function of different types of human teeth?
•Can they compare the teeth of herbivores and carnivores?
•Can they explain what a simple food chain shows?

Challenge:
•Can they record more complex data and results using scientific diagrams, classification keys, tables, bar charts, line graphs and models?
•Can they report findings from investigations through written explanations and conclusions?
•Can they use a graph or diagram to answer scientific questions?

SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING AT HOME BY...
Reading with your child every day for at least ten minutes. This does not always need to be their school reading book, but perhaps a book from your local library or a magazine/comic. Aim to make the experience interactive by following the question guide supplied by your child's class teacher at the last parental consultation meeting. Remember the key to a successful reader is not just learning to read words, but to use these words to develop wider comprehension skills. 

Encouraging your child to write for pleasure by giving writing a purpose, for example keeping a diary or writing letters/e-mails to friends and family. You can also link writing to the book your child is currently reading by asking them to write an additional chapter or alternative ending, perhaps these could even be posted to the author and/or publisher? Remember, each week your child is also given a list of curriculum spellings, so these too can be learnt at home in a variety of fun ways. 

Playing mathematical games and incorporating maths into every day life. You will be surprised how many children struggle to tell the time and lack confidence when using money. Why not involve your child when purchasing your next weekly shop by asking them to add items up or even shop for themselves with a given budget? Again, do not forget to work on your child's Times Tables and Rapid Recall Step - Do you know what step your child is up to?

If you require any further support with helping your child's learning journey at home, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to assist. You can also make use of the resources available in the side menu.