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Autumn Term 2016 - first half


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This half term, we will be focusing on developing skills in the following aspects of reading. This will be achieved via guided reading sessions, plus whole class sessions using a variety of genres linked to our topic ‘The Place Where I Live’.

  • Applying phonic knowledge and skills to read words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent.
  • Reading accurately by blending the sounds in words, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes e.g. snow and how.
  • Discussing and sequencing the main events in stories.
  • Identifying, discussing and collecting favourite words and phrases.
  • Making predictions using evidence from the text.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of texts by asking and answering questions relating to who, what, where, when, why and how.
  • Making inferences about characters and events using evidence from the text e.g. what is a character thinking, saying and feeling?
  • Discussing how information is organised within a non-fiction text e.g. text boxes, sub-headings, contents, bullet points, glossary, diagrams.
  • Activating prior knowledge and raising questions e.g. What do we know? What do we want to know? What have we learned?
  • Learning and reciting poems using appropriate intonation.


We will be focusing on developing skills in the following aspects of writing this half term. This will be achieved through short and longer writing opportunities across a variety of genres that link to our topic ‘The Place Where I Live’. Genres include: stories with familiar settings, non-chronological reports and poetry.

  • Use a variety of joining words (conjunctions) to create compound sentences including: when, because and so.
  • Select, generate and effectively use nouns.
  • Select, generate and effectively use adjectives.
  • Plan and discuss what to write about e.g. story mapping, collecting new vocabulary, key words and ideas.
  • Form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another.
  • Use sentences with different forms: statements, questions and exclamations.
  • Learn how to proofread to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Edit and improve their writing thinking about audience and genre.


  • Developing knowledge and understanding of place value to 100 and beyond.
  • Counting in steps of 2 and 5 from 0 and in 10s from any number.
  • Developing mental calculation strategies for addition and subtraction including 1 and 2 digit numbers up to 100.
  • Using and applying learnt skills in different real life / problem solving situations.
  • Developing knowledge and understanding of 2D and 3D shapes.


The children will take part in history, geography, art and music lessons linked to our topic ‘The Place Where I Live’. We will be…:

  • Developing our understanding of the local area, from a geographical and historical perspective using digital maps, printed maps and photographs.
  • Exploring the physical and manmade features in St. Michael’s on Wyre, through fieldwork.
  • Learning more about how our lives are different to people who lived in the village in the past.
  • Developing first hand observational drawing skills by sketching school / different village buildings.
  • Using different printing techniques to create prints of school / the village.
  • In science this term we will be observing animals and plants in their habitats.