Termly Overview

Autumn: Term 1

2017/18

Listed below are details about our current topic and the curriculum we will be following this year, along with information about how you can support your child's learning at home.
 

THIS HALF TERM OUR LEARNING CHALLENGE IS...

Why Is Manchester Such A Cool Place To Live?
 

I Can name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, including hills, mountains, cities, rivers, key topographical features and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time.
 
•Can they carry out a survey to discover features of cities and villages?
•Can they find the same place on a globe and in an atlas?
•Can they label the same features on an aerial photograph as on a map?
•Can they accurately measure and collect information (e.g. rainfall, temperature, wind speed, noise levels etc.)?
•Can they describe the main features of a well-known city?
•Can they describe the main features of a village?
•Can they describe the main physical differences between cities and villages?
•Can they use appropriate symbols to represent different physical features on a map?
•Can they explain why people are attracted to live in cities?
•Can they explain why people may choose to live in a village rather than a city?
•Can they explain how a locality has changed over time with reference to human features?
•Can they find different views about an environmental issue? What is their view?
•Can they suggest different ways that a locality could be changed and improved?
•Do they know the difference between the British Isles, Great Britain and UK?
•Can they name up to six cities in the UK and locate them on a map?
•Can they name the areas of origin of the main ethnic groups in the UK & in their school?

Challenge:

•Can they give accurate measurements between 2 given places within the UK?
•Can they explain how a locality has changed over time with reference to physical features?
•Can they explain how people are trying to manage their environment?
•Can they name the counties that make up the home counties of London?

SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING AT HOME BY...
Reading with your child every day for at least ten minutes. This does not always need to be their school reading book, but perhaps a book from your local library or a magazine/comic. Aim to make the experience interactive by following the question guide supplied by your child's class teacher at the last parental consultation meeting. Remember the key to a successful reader is not just learning to read words, but to use these words to develop wider comprehension skills. 

Encouraging your child to write for pleasure by giving writing a purpose, for example keeping a diary or writing letters/e-mails to friends and family. You can also link writing to the book your child is currently reading by asking them to write an additional chapter or alternative ending, perhaps these could even be posted to the author and/or publisher? Remember, each week your child is also given a list of curriculum spellings, so these too can be learnt at home in a variety of fun ways. 

Playing mathematical games and incorporating maths into every day life. You will be surprised how many children struggle to tell the time and lack confidence when using money. Why not involve your child when purchasing your next weekly shop by asking them to add items up or even shop for themselves with a given budget? Again, do not forget to work on your child's Times Tables and Rapid Recall Step - Do you know what step your child is up to?

If you require any further support with helping your child's learning journey at home, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher who will be more than happy to assist. You can also make use of the resources available in the side menu.