A high-quality text drives each of our enquiries and the texts are used to give knowledge and purpose to the enquiry. High quality texts can only be accessed through knowledge of vocabulary in different tiers. Explicit teaching of new vocabulary and using the classroom environment to showcase key vocabulary helps us to infuse rich and sophisticated vocabulary from EYFS to Year 6. The texts are used as a stimulus for both English and cross curricular writing, ensuring high expectations of our children. Reading is interweaved into all aspects of the enquiry to encourage reading and language development and promote reading for pleasure.
Our chosen texts for this half term are:
The Rhythm of the Rain by Grahame Baker-Smith. This book tells the story of Isaac, a curious boy who drops a jar of water into a stream to follow the Water Cycle. It uses beautiful illustrations and a fantastic story to show us the cycle. We will be using this to write a short story as well as an explanation text.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. This book tells us the adventures of several animal friends and neighbours in the English countryside; Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. We are using this as our class novel and for our reading lessons.
In maths we follow the Power Maths programme to support children’s learning and to build a deep understanding of maths concepts. Power Maths is a curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths.
This term we are covering the following: