In English this term, we will be creating a wide range of text types including narrative stories, explanation texts, information texts, letters, diary entries, recounts and acrostic poems. To do this, we will use a range of quality texts to base our work on such as Rosie Revere, Engineer and Tilly and the Time Machine.
In maths we will first continue to work on our multiplication and division that we started in the previous term. We will then examine statistics and the properties of shape. Finally, we will learn about fractions followed by length and height.
Our first topic in science for the Spring Term will be Scientists and Inventors. Throughout this topic, we will examine the life and work of a range of well-known scientists and discuss how their work has contributed to our modern life.
In Spring 2, we begin our next topic, Animals including Humans. In this topic we will learn about how humans and other animals are born, grow and change and examine what we need to be healthy. Children will classify different types of animal babies, learn about the basic needs that are shared between humans and animals and research the different needs of animals in our care.
Our geography focus this term is mapping. Throughout the term, we will examine how to read a range of quality maps and use these to follow and give directions to a given destination. We will also learn how to use atlases to locate different countries from around the world.
This term in history, we will be taking a journey through British history and examining one of the key events of the past, the Great Fire of London. We will examine how the fire started and the effect this had on the people and city of London. As well as this, we will also be researching and comparing the lives of significant individuals and making our own judgements about who we feel is the most significant.
This half term children will learn about having high aspirations. They will discuss positive views of themselves and identify how having a positive learning attitude can help them tackle and achieve new learning challenges. They will share their aspirations for the future about employment and personal goals.
This term, children will discuss why places are special. They will find out about different religious places of worship such as Mosques, Buddhist Temples and Gurdwara and compare the features of these.
Art and Design
Our focus in art and design this term is to use our imagination to travel back in time to create pieces of art based on the Great Fire of London. Children will use chalks, paints, collages and mixed media as they create fiery art.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology this term, we will examine how mechanisms work. To do this, we will research the different parts of a vehicle and learn to recognise key words such as chassis and axle. We will the design and make a simple vehicle by making a chassis, axle and wheels.
Our computing sessions at the start of this term will be all about computer art. For this topic, we will learn how we can use computer programs such as Microsoft Paint to create and edit our own pieces of art.
In the second half of the term, our computing topic will be presentation skills. In this topic, children will examine how to use computers to create their own presentation and how to save and find files to ensure that we do not lose and work.
In French this term, the children will work with Madame Walsh to continue to develop their knowledge of French. This term, children will develop their understanding of age, family and animal.
In PE, children will continue to develop their skills and knowledge of invasion games and racket and wall sports. This terms invasion game will focus on basketball where children will send and receive the ball in different ways such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Children will also focus on tennis where they will develop their rallies by practicing backhand and forehand.
Spring 2 Week 5
This week in English, we examined and wrote a range of poetry such as acrostic, haikus and found poems. We based this poems on our learning of the Great Fire of London.
In maths, we continued our topic of 'Fractions'. This week, we examined how to find a range of fractions by grouping objects. We also learned methods into finding fractions of given numbers. Finally, we examined how to count in fractions such as 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 and so on.
In science this week we continued with our topic of Animals including Humans. This week, we considered the effects of exercise on our bodies and discussed why exercise keeps us healthy. We then conducted an experiment by examining how exercise has an impact on our bodies. We found that exercise made us warmer, increased our heart rate and made our muscles tired.
This week in history we continued examining the events of the Great Fire of London. This week, our enquiry question was 'What did people do when the fire started?'. In this lesson, we used a range of sources such as extracts from Samuel Pepys diary, the London Gazette and a range of pictures to determine what people did at the start of the fire. We then discussed the importance of reliable resources and decided that our diary and newspaper extracts were more reliable as they were written by people who were there at the time of the fire. Finally, we 'unpicked a picture' to consider what people did at the time of the fire and how they felt.
We also completed another history lesson as part of our English work for the week. Our enquiry questions for this lesson was 'What was it like at the height of the fire?'. In this lesson, we examined extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary and the London Gazette to determine what it was like when the fire was at its worse. We then used Samuel Pepys diary to create our own found poems.
In RE this week we continued to examine the Easter story and discussed why Christians celebrate Easter. Specifically, we examined the events of Palm Sunday before writing our own newspaper articles about Palm Sunday.
Spring 2 Week 4
This week in English, we continued to work on our class book of 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London' by Kate and Sam Cunningham. Throughout the week, we planned, drafted, edit and complete a recount text of the events that Vlad and Boxton witnessed as they escaped the Great Fire of London.
In maths, we started our new topic of 'Fractions'. This week, we looked at how to make equal parts before learning how to recognise halves and quarters.
In science this week we continued with our topic of Animals including Humans. This week, we discussed what a healthy and balanced diet looks like. To do this we considered what types of food we could eat a lot of and which types we should only eat a little of. We then designed our own healthy meal plan based.
This week in history we continued examining the events of the Great Fire of London. This week, our enquiry question was 'Who was to blame for the spread of the fire?' This week we examined why the fire started and then listened to recounts from a range of individuals who were involved such as Thomas Farrinor (the baker on Pudding Lane), Sir Thomas Bloodworth (The Mayor of London), Samuel Pepys, King Charles II and the east wind. After listening to their recounts, we then voted on who we thought was the most to blame for the spread of the fire.
In computing this week we continued our topic of 'Presentations'. This week, we began to use the application 'Keynote' on our iPads to learn how to create a presentation by making a title slide and adding new slides.
In RE this week we began to examine the Easter story and discussed why Christians celebrate Easter.
Spring 2 Week 3
This week in English, we started to examine our new book 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London' by Kate and Sam Cunningham. Our story follow Vlad the flea and his friend Boxton the rat in London 1666 as they attempt to escape the flames of the Great Fire of London. We used this week to familiarise ourselves with the story and learning the sequence of events of the book by taking part in a range of activities such as creating a class story map.
In maths, we finished our topic of 'Shape' that we started on our online lessons. This week we examined the features of 3D shapes and how to recognise and count faces, edges and vertices on these shapes.
In science this week we examined the basic needs of survival for both animals and humans. We then thought about how we could take care of animal if we had it as a pet by considering what our animal would need to keep it happy and healthy.
This week in history we began to examine the Great Fire of London. This week we answered the enquiry question 'What was Stuart London Like?' To do this we first examined a timeline of the 17th Century to discuss what other events happened at around the time of the Great Fire. We then examined what Stuart London looked like and compared this to how we live today.
In RE this week we learned about the story of Passover and examined how Passover is celebrated. We then designed our own Seder plate.