Our topic this term is:
Would you rather live in Mansfield or Mombasa?
In English we are exploring the story ‘Meerkat Mail’ written by Emily Gravett. A story written within the form of postcards to document one meerkat's journey to different places; seeing his family and hoping to feel a sense of belonging. We are also going to be reading an amazing story titled 'Bog Baby' written by Jeanne Willis; a story about one young girl's discovery of a magical creature she finds hidden within the pond weeds. Whilst studying these stories we are going to be writing our own narrative. We will also be reading a range of poems with a focus on winter poetry with the intention of writing our very own poems too.
Our Rainbow Grammar lessons will support us in building on our understanding of sentence structure; recapping simple and compound sentences and introducing subordinating clause as well as using commas in lists. We will continue to explore the use of language to bring the story alive including adjectives.
Simple Sentences with expanded noun phrases
subject > predicate > closing punctuation
Compound sentences using ‘and’ ‘but’
subject > predicate > coordinating conjunction > subject > predicate > closing punctuation
Complex sentences using the subordinate clause ‘because’
subject > predicate > subordinating clause > closing punctuation
Phonics and Spelling Rules
We will continue developing our phonics knowledge along with introducing spelling rules. We will base our lessons on Supersonic Phonics Friends.
In Geography, the children will be investigating where in the world Mansfield and Mombasa are and how the world in divided up using the key words: equator and continents. We will also be exploring the physical and human features of Mansfield and Mombasa with the opportunities to make direct comparisons between the two.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology we are looking at the history and process of African weaving. Using the knowledge we have gained we will create our own patterns and make a woven mat using the most appropriate materials. We will then evaluate our own work by discussing what aspects we like, what we enjoyed and what we would change if we did it again.
In Art we will link our learning to our topic. We are creating an African tile print based on traditional African patterns.