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The Rissington School
Aspire - Belong - Challenge

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Hurricane Class

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Useful information:

Forest learning is on Mondays

Word cards and tricky words are checked on Tuesdays

PE is on Wednesdays

Show and Tell is on Fridays via DB Primary

Books are changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays


The Curriculum

Our topic this term will be ‘Under the Sea and Pirates’ and will focus on all things that live and go there. The first half of the term we will be focusing on a non-fiction text about sharks. After that we will be looking at a range of pirate stories.


Communication, Language and Literacy

This term we will continue to work on our speaking and listening skills, both independently and as part of a group. In Phonics we will be working on reviewing all the phonics sounds we have learnt and moving on to Phase 4. This will include letter formation, using the sounds to form words as well as working on writing our tricky words from memory.

In Literacy we will continue to practice writing simple sentences by sounding out as well as practicing writing those tricky words. We will also be practicing the use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces between words.

We will be learning a non-fiction text this half term which is all about sharks. We will have a go at retelling and writing the text, before writing our own information text about another sea creature. Next term we will learn out pirate story, before innovating a pirate adventure of our own.



In Maths as well as continuing to practice our addition and counting on, we will move on to focus on subtraction and finding one less. We will also begin to have a go at solving problems involving simple addition and subtraction. Children will also have lots of opportunities to explore time, money, weight, distance and capacity through a range of hands on activities.


Expressive Arts and Design

In art the children will be continuing to develop their drawing and painting skills as well as exploring colour mixing. Children will have the opportunity to create their own Under the Sea scene and work with a range of different media. We will also be working with clay to model sea creatures later this half term. In the summer term we will have a go at sewing simple pirate puppets.

In Music the children will be exploring the sounds of a range of instruments and continuing to practice keeping the beat of a song and tapping out simple rhythms. As always, the children will be learning and perform a range of songs to do with our topic.


Understanding the World

We will also be looking at the concept of floating and sinking, making predictions and testing them. We will be observing the fish in our fish tank and thinking about the similarities and differences between animals that live in and out of water. We will use paint on the computer to create our own underwater scene.

In the Forest we will be observing the changes that happen as we move from Spring into Summer. We will be looking closely at the minibeasts and plants that are in our forest area. We will also be planting our own vegetables in the garden area and taking care of them as they grow.


Personal Social and Emotional Development

This term our PSED will be focused upon relationships and citizenship. We will talk about developing friendships, safe relationships, where we live and how we fit into the community. In the second part of the term we will talk about transitions into Year one and how that may make us feel.