Jellyfish Spring 1 2020 Newsletter

We will begin this half term with a two week topic ‘Wonderful Winter’.  We will look again at seasons, using our senses to describe winter and comparing it with other times of the year.  As we look at the weather in winter, we will be observing the changes day by day and discussing how day length changes through the year.

You can help your child by talking about the weather and temperature over the next few weeks and watching as the mornings and evenings become lighter.

We will complete our learning of Set 3 sounds in Read Write Inc and begin to use these to sound out and blend real and 'alien' words.
The children are excited to begin our handwriting programme LetterJoin to develop letter formation in preparation for joining handwriting.  Look out for great new resources for children to use at home in the new few weeks.
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The children will extend their place value work using numbers to 20 then begin to use these for addition and subtraction.  We will be focusing on time by reading and writing the time (o'clock and half past the hour).
Our Wonderful Winter topic will focus on seasonal and daily weather.  The children will make resources for our weather station, then measure and record the weather daily.
You can help your child by talking about the weather and temperature with them.
As we measure and record daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom we will be using maps to describe the weather in London and Edinburgh.  Why not watch the weather forecast with your child and talk about these locations.
The children will continue with our external singing teacher to:

Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes

Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music

Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Our online safety work this half term will involve the children learning the SMART Rules (Safe, Meet, Accept, Reliable and Tell) for online safety. We'll be using the excellent Kara, Winston and the Smart Crew videos from Childnet to help with this.
We'll then be moving on from our learning with Beebots from last half term and begin programming on screen. The children will learn how to create a simple program in sequence to get an onscreen turtle to achieve a particular aim.  The children will learn to input commands, follow their programs as they are working and debug any errors they come across.  We'll be using J2Code in School360 to do this.
We'll then be moving on to some simple block programming using 2Code in School360 to help the children to write simple programs, change the look of objects, make the program control objects and begin to explore how other inputs can affect a program.
Key Vocabulary: program, command, algorithm, sprite, object, sequence, bug/debug
As we learn about hot and cold countries, the children will find out about animals that live in these areas and identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
The children will use maps and globes to identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world, focusing on the Equator and the North and South Poles.
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We will be looking at the lives of famous polar explorers in the past, asking questions about their lives and using artefacts, pictures, stories and online sources to find out about their expeditions.
The children will continue to learn about what sculptures are.  We will be focusing on the work on Andy Goldsworthy and using natural materials to create ice sculptures by combining shapes and texture.  They will be able to describe different materials that are used to create sculptures and the different shapes and textures in some of Andy Goldsworthy's work.
Our key vocabulary will be artist, sculpture, texture, line and materials.
The children will be learning about Chinese New Year to answer the questions:

What stories are popular at Chinese New Year?

How do Chinese people prepare their home for New Year?

We will then move on to find out more about what happens each day in the Jewish and Christian creation story.

We will begin by learning a group dance with a Chinese New Year theme.  Then the children will move on to learn some simple gymnastic moves such as balances, rolls and leaps.