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Spring 2

Welcome back to you all! I hope that you have all had a lovely half term holiday and feel refreshed and ready to learn! This half term there are lots of exciting things planned in our new topic 5,4,3,2,1 Blast Off! The children are going to be learning all about space and what the solar system is like. They will be using their imaginations to think about the aliens that might be up there!


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Welcome back to all of our children!


 We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas holiday and are ready to get back to school for all of the exciting learning we have planned for this half term. This half term we will be basing our learning around the topic ‘Dungeons and Dragons’



Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on various story books including Zog, The Baby Dragon Tamer and George and the Dragon. The children will also be learning about giants and castles too!


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This half term the children are learning to:


In reading the children will be learning to:

  • Blend sounds together to read words easily.
  • Listen and discuss stories to understand them confidently.
  • Predict what might happen in stories.
  • Listen and read some non-fiction books based on real facts.
  • Retell familiar stories and traditional tales.
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases.
  • Discuss the significance of the title to events in the story.


In writing the children will be learning to:

  • Focus on handwriting and forming letters so that they sit correctly on the line.
  • Form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • Leave spaces in between each word.
  • Use the word ‘and’ in our sentences.
  • Say sentences aloud before writing them
  • Read aloud our work to other children


In maths the children will be learning to:

- Identify 1 more and 1 less than a given number.

- Measure and begin to record the mass and weight of objects.

- Identify and describe common 2D shapes.

- Recognise and know the value of different denominations of coins and notes.

- Add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20, including zero.

- Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction.


Here is what we will be doing in our topic lessons this half term:

In Science the children will be polar adventurers. They will be going on an expedition to the polar regions. They will describe and compare different animals; naming animals that are fish, birds and mammals. They will identify which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

In History we will be learning all about The Great Fire of London. The children will be finding out who Samuel Pepys is and how he is a significant person.

In RE we will be learning all about Christian festivals, Christian worship and ‘belonging’ to a Christian community.

In Geography we will be comparing Leeds with Rio de Janeiro, identifying similarities and differences between the geography of both cities.

In Art we will be exploring sculptures. The children will think about what item they would rescue from The Great Fire of London and create a clay pot to keep their treasured item safe in.

In ICT our topic is ‘We are Painters’. The children will create their own illustrations for a traditional tale using a paint program. They will then use these illustrations to make an eBook.

In PSHE/SEAL the theme will be ‘Going for Gold.’ The children will reflect on themselves and as individuals, particularly their strengths as learners and how they learn most effectively.

In DT the children will be designing, making and evaluating a puppet.


The children will be: 


  • Learning about castles and knights.
  • Building their own castles and working out what will make the best drawbridge.
  • Designing and creating their own shields to protect them from fearsome dragons.
  • Thinking about their own coats of arms.
  • Designing their own dragons thinking carefully about the features their dragon will have.
  • Describing their own dragons using adjectives in their sentences.
  • Writing sentences to describe the disruption the dragon caused looking for his long lost treasure.
  • Creating large scale dragons in small groups.
  • Going on a treasure hunt to help the dragon find his missing gold coins.
  • Writing instructions using positional language to instruct the dragon to his long lost treasure.
  • Counting how much money is in each of the treasure bags.
  • Estimating, weighing and comparing the weight of the dragon's bags of treasure using standard and non standard measures. 
  • Creating their own castles using a range of construction bricks and blocks to carefully print the stone bricks on their pictures.
  • Acting out the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using facial expressions, actions and different tones of voice.
  • Sequencing the events of Jack and the Beanstalk in chronological order.
  • Writing diary entries as Jack (explaining his exciting adventures up the beanstalk!)
  • Using the directions forwards, backwards, turn right and turn left to instruct a programmable toy to bags of golden coins.
  • Experiment with mixing colours to create different shades of green.

Week 6 - Jack and the Beanstalk

In our final week the children pretended to be Jack. When Jack told all of his friends about his adventures nobody believed him so the children wrote their own diary entries of all of the exciting things that happened! In ICT the children created their own key event from the story using a paint program on a laptop. We are going to put all of our pictures together to create our own eBooks!

Over the last few weeks the children have also been busy creating very detailed sandcastles with the features that they have been learning about, printing printings of castles using construction blocks to make stone brick effects and practising their fine motor skills cutting out golden harps, punching holes into them and then threading wool through the holes! The model castles that the children have been making using wooden bricks have been very impressive too!

In Numeracy  the children pretended that Jack was the Beebot calculating different routes for him to take to collect the golden coins. They used directions one at a time and then as they became more confident created sequences of directions to instruct Jack to where he needed to go!

Well done everyone for all of your hard work this half term and see you all soon!

Week 5 - Jack and the Beanstalk

In Literacy, the children sequenced the events of the story in chronological order and used this to help them write their own retelling of the story independently. The children did a marvellous job using story language in their writing!

In Numeracy they found that the giant had so much money in his money bags that he needed help to count it all! They read the given amount of pence needed and selected coins to make the total for each. The children then investigated different ways of making one given total to help the giant get his money ready to take to the 'Bank of Giants'. Everyone found this task challenging as it involved lots of problem solving skills but many managed it using the Numicon plates with coins stuck on top of them to help!

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Week 4 - Jack and the Beanstalk

This week in Literacy the children transformed into budding actors and actresses to create a dramatised version of the story. Their drama skills were very impressive! The children also labelled parts of a castle and found out about the purpose of each feature. Lots of the children were able to recall this new knowledge using the new vocabulary from our lessons! They then wrote a setting description of the giant's castle before coming across his letter on a problem page! They helped him to solve his problem of feeling sad and lonely by writing a letter top Jack to apologise to him (pretending to be the giant!).

In Numeracy, the children created their very own money giants! They were challenged to then add all of the coins together to find the total amount of money used. The children then had lots of fun pretending to be Jack as they crept around our castle role play area to find all of the giant's hidden money bags. They worked together to finds them all and count how much money was in each bag. The children then wrote the amount using pence each time.

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Week 3 - The Baby Dragon Tamer

We have had a really exciting week in Literacy this week as the children received a letter from the dragon asking them for their help! He needed the class to look for his long lost treasure, take photographs of it and then write instructions of where to find it using positional language to help him! The children did such a fantastic job that they are hoping he might leave everyone a chocolate gold coin to enjoy eating at the end of the day as a reward for their hard work!

In Numeracy, the children have been identifying 2D shapes by their names and using mathematical language to describe their properties. They found that when a shape is rotated the properties still stay exactly the same. The children used shapes to create the dragon's castle.

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Week 2 - The Baby Dragon Tamer

This week the children had lots of fun reading The Baby Dragon Tamer. They wrote descriptive sentences to describe the sound effects the dragon made as he charged around looking for his long lost treasure. They then used their imaginations to write sentences to say what funny things their dragon did. There was lots of puffs of smoke, snorts, hiccups, burps and trumps involving glitter, slime, dust, sparkles and much more! Towards the end of the week the children then worked collaboratively to create their own dragons. They used adjectives and the word 'and' in their descriptive sentences.

In Numeracy the children tried really hard to help the dragon by estimating the weight of his bags of treasure and then checking using cubes as a unit of measure. Once confident with this the children then weighed the treasure in grams too! The children weighed different dragons and ordered them from the lightest to the heaviest. Good job everyone!

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Week 1 - Zog

To begin our new topic in Literacy the children enjoyed reading the story Zog. They discussed what they like to do at school and what Zog liked to do at dragon school. The children then made comparisons and wrote lists thinking carefully to start a new line each time.

In Numeracy the children were excited to find out that Zog had been really kind and generous and was sharing his gold chocolate coins with everyone! They jumped along a number line to find one more than a given number. They felt sad for Zog when he lost one gold coin each time he went flying. They calculated one less than a given number jumping along the number line to help them. Later on in the week the children then calculated one more and one less by drawing on a blank number line. They did such a fantastic job! Well done everyone!


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Things to remember


PE: Please bring your child’s PE kit into school on Monday to be kept in school all week.

Your child’s PE kit should include:

  • Pair of black shorts or black tracksuit bottoms
  • White T-shirt
  • Jumper
  • Outdoor shoes or indoor pumps.


Books: Please return books every Thursday so your child can receive a new one every Friday.


Spellings: Please practise spellings with your child for a spelling test each Thursday. Please make sure that their spelling book is in school each Thursday.


Homework: Homework will be sent home each Friday along with your child’s new spelling list and reading book. Please return the completed homework each Thursday.

Homework is extremely important and thankyou for your help in supporting your child at home. If you require any assistance please feel free to contact me.