Topic Title: Where shall we live? Urban v Rural
Our focus text this term will be “Claude in the City”. This text tells the story about a dog called Claude who has many different adventures in a big city. We will begin our learning by thinking about what a good sentence looks like and ensure we are including all the key components! We will then study the text in detail to help us broaden our vocabulary and rewrite the story.
We will also be looking at some poetry inspired by cities. We will look at the poem “This is the city” by Kathy Henderson. The children will use the poem to write their own to describe a city landscape.
During Term 1 we will continue to revise and recap our Phase 5 phonics sounds and practise spelling the Year 1 'Common Exception Words'. We will begin to look at the Year 2 'Common Exception Words'.
For Topic this term, we will be learning to locate the United Kingdom, its four countries and surrounding seas by using world maps, atlases and globes. Towards the end of the term, we will be learning to observe and use aerial photographs to help us identify similarities and differences between urban and rural places.
We will use world maps, atlases or globes to answer the following questions:
What are the four countries of the United Kingdom?
Can you locate them on a map?
Can you name the capital cities for each country?
What are the names of the UK's surrounding seas?
Can you identify similarities and differences between urban and rural places?
The children will be learning about living things and their habitats. Some key learning that we will cover is:
• explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
• identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
• identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats
• describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.
Within Maths, we are going to be focussing on place value. This includes being able to count confidently forwards and backwards, counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and using this to help us with our times tables. We will also be looking at numbers and ensuring we have a good understanding of its value. How many tens does this number have? How many ones does this number have?