In numeracy, we will be focussing on learning 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables and the related division facts and using these to solve word problems. This will then lead on to the children being introduced to fractions and we will be finding halves, quarters and thirds of shapes, objects and numbers. We will also be collecting and representing data in different ways such as: tally charts, pictograms, block charts and graphs. The children will be adding and subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Please see the topic overview on our website for more details of the curriculum planning for this half term.

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Hempshill Hall

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To launch the next part of the topic called ‘Ice’, we will be using the book and film ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, which is about a boy and a penguin and their unusual friendship. The children will be researching facts about penguins to help the boy understand how to care for it and how to return it to its home. They will be finding out about the key features of non – chronological reports. We will also be trying to answer many philosophical questions such as: Can humans and animals ever truly be friends? These sessions will develop speaking and listening skills and encourage children to think carefully, respect and analyse other people’s perspectives and viewpoints. We will then research facts about polar bears and the children will use books, I pads and film clips to create a fact file, which will then help them independently write a detailed non -chronological report.

Happy New Year and welcome back, we hope you had a lovely Christmas holiday. This half term we will be starting a new topic called ‘Fire and Ice’. We think the children will really enjoy it! It will be split into two 3 week blocks and we will launch the topic with the question ‘How can there be volcanoes in cold and snowy place?’  We will be finding out a little about Iceland and creating our own erupting volcanoes! Science Fortnight is also happening during this time so the children will be doing lots of practical investigative work linked with materials and forces.


For the first 3 weeks we will focus on ‘Fire’ The children will be learning through drama and will begin to collect facts about ‘The Great Fire of London’ and also how it might have felt to be there. They will write chronological reports, which will focus on the sequences of events linked to the fire. The children will also be developing descriptive vocabulary, which will encourage them to think about all their sense when describing the different scenes. We will also learn about Samuel Pepys and how his diary has provided us with key historical facts. The children will then write a diary about the events pretending to be a boy who lived next door to the bakers. Partake theatre will work with the children bringing the whole story to life.

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