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Explorers and Dragons

Summer Term 1



Are you ready for an adventure?  Where shall we go?  We might look for dragons, fly to space or go back in time to find out about famous explorers in the past!



This term our focus text is The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward.  We will be writing letters, diaries, character descriptions, story settings and information texts about dragons and machines.  Let your imaginations fly and invent your own characters for our story writing to end the unit.   We will be focusing on writing narratives that are well structured and will think carefully about our word and sentence choices.  We will be remembering punctuation, especially apostrophes for possession and exclamation marks for effect.  We will learn to extend and link our sentences with conjunctions and pronouns.  After we have finished writing we will learn to edit our work carefully for punctuation and spelling.



Learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes including symmetry and right angles will be our focus at the beginning of the term.  We will sort and classify the shapes using different charts and diagrams.  After that, we will move on to position and direction.  We will be recalling lots of strategies to help us with the four calculations and will be practicing our problem solving and reasoning skills throughout.



We will be learning about the history of flight and be learning about explorers from the past and present such as Amelia Earhart, Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. We will compare their achievements and understand why their explorations are important to us now.  We will use timelines to sequence different events and will use internet research to learn new facts.



In DT we will be designing, making and evaluating bags.  Our task this term is to design and make a bag for an explorer to use.  



Miss Phillips will follow on her work with the children learning the recorder to using different instruments to play simple rhythms.



We use computing to support our maths work, sorting and classifying shapes and work on position and direction.  We will use the Ipads to research different explorers.  We will continue our work on learning to programme.



PE takes place on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  Can you please make sure that your child has a named PE kit in school each day, with a school PE T-shirt, a pair of school PE shorts, a pair of trainers/pumps and a pair of warmer joggers for the cooler weather. 

Please remember that for safety reasons the children cannot wear earrings for PE.  Can you make sure that your child can remove their earrings or please send tape to put over them. Thank you.


From Mrs. Gregg

We will be carrying on with our spelling tests on a Friday morning. Our spellings will cover such areas as numbers, months of the year and colours. The words can be found on the homework letter and on the website too. Our spelling lessons will be supported by Mrs. Davies (Green group) and Mrs. Hibbert (Red group).

Our science topic for this term is ‘Habitats. This will fit in with our zoo project on conservation. We will look at our classroom habitat then move on to look at the school environment, the zoo environment and habitats further afield. On our residential we will look at a pond environment.


In RE we will continue to explore Judaism and our Big Question for this half term is -How do Jewish people show their faith through practices and celebrations?’.


We will take our maths outside this half term with lots of different activities.


Thank you for your continued support of the Talking Homework. The children have been thrilled to share what they have seen or talked about at home. If you cannot get onto any of the websites or links the children are more than welcome to pop into the classroom at lunchtime to do it then.



Throughout the week your children will be helped in their learning or taught by:


Mrs. Shipley - Monday to Thursday

Mrs. Gregg - Friday


Our teaching assistants are Mrs. Davies, Mrs. Hibbert, Miss Noonan and Miss Phillips.





Homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday.  This will include a set piece of English and/or Maths homework which supports the work we have done in the week.  In addition we there will be weekly spellings and reading to practice at home.  Sometimes homework may involve using the internet to access games and resources, please do speak to us if you have any problems accessing this at home.  The children will be taught to become responsible for putting their own homework book into the box by the door by Wednesday.  They will be reminded but we appreciate your support with this.


The spellings will come home in their spelling book and will also be on this class page. Some children are very lucky and find spelling easy other children are not so lucky and find spelling a bit trickier. As we start to send spellings home there will be a spelling link on this class page with ideas on how to help your child with spelling. 

Sometimes there might be a talking science homework to help to reinforce the vocabulary we have used in school.


Reading Books

We would like to encourage our children to develop a love of reading and ask you to support them as much as possible in their reading journey.  It is important that they read as often as possible and that they share their reading with an adult or fluent reader who can ask questions about what they have read and enjoys the content with them.  We ask that the children aim to read with an adult every day.  We have introduced a READING CHALLENGE:  read 5 times to an adult and children will earn a star.  For every 10 stars they earn there is a change to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates.  Don't forget that readers of all abilities still love and benefit enormously from having books read to them. The children can change their home reading books as often as they like from their colour basket and we will send books home electronically using the Bug Club books.  These are a fantastic resource so please do make use of it. We also encourage the children to read books from the class library, comics, cookery books, instruction manuals, magazines, age-appropriate websites and children's newspapers. 


Water Bottles

Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school each day - it's thirsty work being in school and we have very limited supplies of cups for our water dispenser. 


Wet Playtime

Our cloakroom space is really limited this year so we have decided it would be best to avoid extra bags on pegs.  We will provide a range of suitable toys and equipment for them to play.