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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

Autumn 1

Marvellous Manchester

Our theme this term is Marvellous Manchester.

During this topic we shall be learning about the geography of the city and its surrounding areas as well as zooming in on our local area. Children will learn about the history if the city and its Roman and industrial roots and become aware of some influential figures from science, maths, art and music who have helped put Manchester on the map.

Some of our art work will relate to LS Lowry while we will also take an interest in the bee sculptures which have come to represent Manchester and its culture.

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Literacy and Language


Our opening literacy unit will include writing a fictional story and a set of instructions. Both of these will be loosely based on the 'How to Train a Dragon' series and a children's animation involving a baby dragon. children will plan and write their own episode which poses a problem of their own design for the mighty warrior Sigurd. In later weeks, children will consider how best to look after a dragon and write a set of detailed instructions.

Please help your child at home understand the following word types to help them select appropriate vocabulary and understand parts of a sentence:

noun - a person, place or thing e.g horse

verb - a doing word e.g. jump or jumped

adjective - a descriptive word e.g. shiny

adverb - describes an action e.g. slowly

As we progress through the unit, we shall be encouraging children to build their vocabulary to build better descriptions. 

During reading sessions, we'll be reading a shared text four days a week. We'll be selecting our book together in the opening week or so. Please ask your child about it and stoke their enthusiasm for this text.

In other areas of the curriculum we will be looking at the following:

Science – Animals including Humans

Classifying plants and animals using keys and asking scientific questions.


PE – Team building and co-operative games.


Computing – We are programmers

Making an animation in Scratch.


PSHE – Responsibility

Learning about taking responsibility for our actions.


Religion – Christianity

Art – LS Lowry

Studying his art and using his style to create a Manchester themed art.


This term, our focus is on place value. This includes understanding thousands, hundreds, tens and ones; being able to add multiples of 10, 100 or 1000 to any number (e.g. 4576 + 200 = 4776); ordering numbers accurately; and rounding numbers (e.g. the nearest 100 to 458 is 500).

At home, please do your best to ensure that children know the 2,3, 4 and 5 times table off by heart and can rapidly recall the x tables in any order. Songs and games like those below can be really useful.