Blue Bell Hill

Primary School

Woodlands 2

Welcome to Woodlands 2

 

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Resilience; we are working hard on managing our distractions so that we can set learning goals and work towards them. 

  • P.E is on Tuesdays - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school. P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsolls.  Please ensure that children do not have any earrings in or jewellery on.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week as this is an important part of their reading development.  We will count up their number of reads and change their reading books on a Monday or Tuesday. 
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book in school every day.

English:

In English, we are focusing our learning around our topic of ‘Dinosaurs’. This will include researching facts, becoming ‘palaeontologists’ for a day and looking at a range of texts such as fiction, non-fiction and we will be using story maps and sequencing the story. We will be looking at the books ‘Dear Dinosaur’ and ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip’

We will be practicing our spellings in class weekly.  Some children will also be practicing phonics and handwriting. 

You can help your child at home by:

  • Regularly practicing their spellings with them
  • Reading regularly and recording this in their reading dairies; remember, this could be anything and is not limited to their home reading book
  • Asking the children questions about what they have read, before, during and after reading

 

Maths:

In Mathematics, we will be learning about money and measure. The children will need to use their reading skills to read word problems, where they will have to apply their number and calculation skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Additionally, the children will be exploring different types of graphs and how to record and analyse the data that is shown.  We will also focus this year, on using our mathematical knowledge to reason, thinking about different ways to solve problems, choosing the best and most efficient methods to do this.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practising their two, five, ten and three times tables
  • Showing them and exploring different coins and notes with them
  • Solving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems

 

 Science:

In Science, we are going to be developing our knowledge about Dinosaurs. This will include, looking at their body features, exploring their history and learning about what dinosaurs ate and classifying whether they were omnivores, herbivores or carnivores. We will also learn about how the dinosaurs became extinct and we will be looking at endangered species of animals. We wll also be looking at fossils. Throughout our science learning, we will be using the following skills by working scientifically: predicting, investigating, conducting experiments, recording, questioning, analysing and concluding.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Looking at different dinosaurs
  • Discussing classification such as herbivores, carnivores and omnivores
  •  Encouraging your child to ask different questions

Topic:

Our topic this half term is ‘Dinosaurs ’We will be using our topic of ‘dinosaurs’ to make lots of links in our learning across the curriculum.  This will include artwork where we will be exploring the creations of illustrators and creating our own ‘Jurassic art’.  In Design and Technology, we will be linking our learning to the Dear Dinosaur character description by designing and creating a 3D model of a dinosaur.  In history we will be digging up some dinosaur facts.in our PSHE learning, we will be diving deeper into relationships within the community and how we can keep ourselves safe and maintaining and making new friendships. In music we will be ‘stomping like a dinosaur’ and we will be exploring using our body as an instrument.

 

Life skills:

We will be learning all about road safety and how ro cross the road safely. We will also be set a budget and will be buying ingredients to make Jurassic crumble. We will be given money and work out how to budget a meal making sure we get the best value for money and then checking how much change we will get. We are also still trying to tie our laces independently.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Encouraging them to tie their own laces by following the step by step https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_wuRz3TSno&t=149s

Maths:

 

Writing/Reading: