Bright Lights Big City

Cornerstones Topic

Our topic this term is ‘Bright Lights, Big City’.  Throughout this topic we will be learning about London, the Royal Family and in particular the history behind the Great Fire of London in 1666.  We will be reading maps and identifying landmarks famous in London such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to name just a few.  We will be looking at directions and navigating around a map using compass directions and left/right and straight ahead.

Power of Reading

We will be using many texts during our topic this term.  We will be starting with ‘Katie in London’ which is an adventure story about a girl and her brother who take a tour round London.  We will learn about many landmarks.  We will be reading traditional tales of the ‘Town and Country Mouse’ and also ‘Dick Whittington’. In addition, we will be reading many Paddington Bear stories about London.


In Mathematics this term we are consolidating our understanding of place value and practising our skills and methods in addition and subtraction.  We will become secure on using number lines and also be able to count to 100 and recognise the numerals.  We will move onto counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and begin to understand multiplication as repeated addition and use our counting skills to help us solve simple problems.


As well as our on-going singing with our pianist Rob, we will be learning traditional rhymes associated with London.  For example Oranges and Lemons, London’s Burning and Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat.  We will begin to learn London’s Burning on tuned percussion instruments and will perform these for our peers.  We will practise singing in rounds with adult support too as this can be tricky!


In PE this term, the children will practise skills in balance, agility and co-ordination through gymnastics.


In Science this term we conclude our work on materials and the children will be able to show that they can name materials confidently and describe how they feel.  We then move onto the senses and being able to name parts of the body associated with these.  We will be conducting listening walks, where the children will learn that sound is measured in decibels.  We will discuss volume and identify different sounds we hear in and around school.  We will also investigate our sense of taste and see if we can identify sweet, sour, salty and bitter.  In addition, we will be holding feely tests where we can’t see what we are touching but will try to work out what things are.  We will also smell some unusual things to see if we can identify them.  we will practise working scientifically and begin to record observations.


In RE this term we will be finishing our topic on Christian and Jewish symbols and exploring symbols important to ourselves in our own lives.  We will be celebrating Chinese new Year by making dragon spirals and learning about the Great Race.  We will finish our term by learning about the Easter Story and understanding its importance to Christians.


In computing we are learning to use the keyboard and practising our mouse and typing skills.  Importantly, we will be learning how to stay safe when using our devices and when online both at home and in school.