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Spring 2 Curriculum Leaflet

Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Information

Autumn 2

Literacy - The Twits

A hideous, vindictive, spiteful couple known as the Twits live together in a brick house without windows. They continuously play nasty practical jokes on each other out of hatred for one another, ranging from Mr. Twit hiding a frog in his wife's bed that he claims is a monster, to Mrs. Twit tricking her husband into eating worms in his spaghetti. They also keep a family of pet monkeys from Africa, the Muggle-Wumps. The Twits, who are retired circus trainers, are trying to create the first upside-down monkey circus, leaving the monkeys to stand on their heads for hours on end. If they fail to do what Mr. Twit says, Mrs. Twit beats them with her cane. Mr. Twit also coats tree limbs with a strong sticky glue Hugtight in hopes of catching birds for Mrs. Twit to make into a bird pie. The monkeys try to warn the birds before they land on the tree, but the English-speaking birds do not understand the monkeys' language. One week, the Roly-Poly bird flies in from Africa to visit the monkeys and, acting as an interpreter of languages, saves the birds from sitting anywhere Mr. Twit has spread glue. Mr. Twit tries several times to catch the birds, spreading the glue on an increasing number of perches, but the Roly-Poly bird changes his warning to reflect the new traps. Tired of chasing the birds, the Twits decide to buy guns to kill them. The Muggle-Wumps, tired of being forced to stand on their heads, with the help of the birds use Mr. Twit's powerful glue to attach the couple's furniture to their ceiling while they are away to trick them into thinking that they are upside down and that their ceiling is actually their floor. The birds also smear glue on the Twits' heads, which permanently fixes them to the ground when a panicked Mr. Twit suggests that they stand on their heads so that they are 'the right way up' after they first walk into the upside down living room. Stuck on their heads with all their weight pressing down on them, they catch the 'Dreaded Shrinks' (a disease that Mr. Twit had convinced Mrs. Twit that she had earlier in the book as one of the aforementioned pranks), their bodies compressing 'downwards' so that they eventually shrink away into nothing, leaving the Muggle-Wumps free to escape.

 

We will be exploring this text by:

  • Writing character descriptions of the Twits
  • Following instructions to make Wormy Spaghetti (yuckkkkk) - pictures to follow
  • Writing instructions to make another gruesome dish
  • Writing a letter of complaint to the RSPCA about the unfair treatment the monkeys are receiving
  • Creating WANTED posters to catch those beastly Twits..... and much, much more exciting and creative writing.

 

You can support your child's development in writing by encouraging them to write in their reading journal daily, discussing their handwriting and letter formation (shapes and starting positions of the letters), their phonic and spelling pattern/rule application, their use of punctuation (particularly capital letters and full stops) and sentence structure i.e. does it make sense, can it be extended etc.

 

Please feel free to contact me via the Jupiter email address (Jupiter@kafed.org.uk) if you would like some on how to support your child's writing at home.

Maths

 

We will continue to use our system of Big Maths to support and develop the children's knowledge in Mathematics.

 

This half term, my maths group will be learning:

Addition & Subtraction -

  • how to add and subtract using column method with borrowing/exchanging and carrying over e.g.

                                 4 1

  57                         57

+ 29                      - 29

------                 --------

   86                        28

------                  --------

   1

 

Fractions

  • recognising fractions: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 1/5
  • comparing and ordering fractions by size
  • shading fractions
  • understanding fractions as equal parts and identifying true representations of fractions
  • adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator
  • finding fractions of amounts

 

Geometry

  • understanding and identifying angles: obtuse, acute, right, reflex
  • making the connections between angles and turns i.e. two right angles are a half turn
  • using angles to describe the properties of shapes and descriptions of turn
  • drawing 2D shapes 

 

Measurements

  • measuring perimeter of 2D shapes
  • measure, compare, add/subtract mass (g/kg)
  • measure, compare, add/subtract lengths (mm, cm, m)
  • measure, compare, add/subtract capacity (ml/l)

 

Weekly times tables and division practise will be sent home - your child should already know the 2, 5, 10 and 3 tables and need to know the 4 and 8 tables in addition by the end of Year 3.

 

Again, if you need any support or have any questions about how to best support your child at home, please contact me.  

 

Science

 

Our unit this half term is Forces and Magnets and your child will be:

  •  compare how things move on different surfaces
  • notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  •  observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • describe magnets as having 2 poles
  • predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.

 

Why not challenge your child to find some magnets around your home or identify forces that are in motion around them?

 

Investigating Friction

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