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Topics and activity suggestions

Our topic this half term is Fire! During these exciting weeks we will be learning all about the Great Fire of London and learning about festivals of light as the darker time of year draws in. We will also be preparing for and performing our fabulous Christmas Play. For full details of what we will be covering in our lessons please see the curriculum section of our website.

Home Learning 


Here are some suggestions for activities and learning you could try at home linked to our topic. This half term our topic is 'Fire'. If you have other ideas that are different to the ones we've listed, feel free to do them! Please bring your home learning projects into school as we would love to see them!



This half term in English we will be exploring poetry and writing instructions.

You could...

Cook or bake something tasty then write the recipe and bring in your instructions to share with your friends so they can try and make your ideas at home too!

Make a cool craft (maybe for a festival of light) then write instructions so you can teach you friends how to do it too.

Write a poem about a festival you enjoy at this time of year (e.g. Diwali, Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas etc)

You could write some Winter poetry, e.g. an acrostic poem, a shape poem, a haiku 

Learn a simple poem by heart that you can perform in front of your class, it could be from a book you have, a poem you find online (get a grown up to help) or one you write yourself!



This half term in maths we will be continuing our work on number and place value and doing lots of work on addition and subtraction.

You could...

Practise addition and subtraction with household objects (yr1+2) and practise addition and subtraction by drawing dienes (yr2 only).

Draw a number line or hopscotch with chalk on the floor outside and play jumping games on it.

Make collections of natural objects (conkers, pine cones, leaves etc.) and compare them. Sort objects by shape, size, weight, colour, if they float or sink. There are so many ways to sort! 

Practise counting forward and backwards to 100 starting from any number.

Practise counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s.  



In science we are learning about Light and Dark. 

You could...

Make a list of sources of light in your house and when you are out and about - what produces light?

Make a list of reflective materials in your house and when you are out - what reflects light well?

Do a road safety project. How can you make sure you and your family stay safe on the dark mornings and evenings? How can you raise awareness of winter road safety issues with your friends?


Art & DT

In Art we are exploring lots of different media!

You could…

Create firework art. Explore materials you could make art from in your house. Do you have any objects you could print with? Experiment with things you already have, e.g. printing with forks, cotton buds, toilet rolls, foil, string, bubbles using washing up liquid and paint. Can you use more than one art skill for your design? E.g. printing, collage, colouring. Have lots of fun experimenting as much as you can and then use your favourite elements to make your final piece.