What lives in the rainforest?
We hope you have enjoyed you short break and are ready to start our fascinating new topic. For the final half term (Summer 2), we will be focusing on the rainforest and answering our topic question, what lives in the rainforest? We are lucky enough to be going on an exciting school trip to the Tropical Butterfly house in Sheffield on Friday the 13th of July.
In literacy, this half term we will be concentrating on a stimulating text called The Great Kapok Tree. This story will grasp our attention and will form a basis for our writing. We will start by creating a setting description using all of the information we learn about the rainforest. Then we will use this description to put into our five paragraph stories. Towards the end of the half term, we will be focussing on poetry. We will be given the chance to perform our poems to an audience within school.
In numeracy, we will be recapping skills previously taught throughout the year. We will begin with 3D and 2D shapes, area, perimeter, and fractions. After this, we will move on to statistics, we will interpret different data including graphs and charts and even create some of our own. We will need to use all of these skills to help solve problems throughout the half term.
We are going to be very busy in topic! We will be focusing on lots of different areas such as geography, science, art, computing and PSHCE. In geography, we will concentrating on locating different countries on the map taking particular note of where the world’s rainforests are located. We will also be looking at climates and we will get the opportunity to create our very own biomes! In art and computing, we will be researching Henri Rousseau and looking at some of his brilliant work then trying to recreate our own versions. In science, we will be exploring different animals and their habitats. This links closely with our PSHCE topic, as we will debating deforestation, the change in habitats and the impact this is having.
Why do people invade other countries?
Welcome back, we hope you have had a lovely Easter break and are ready to start our new, amazing topic. This half term we will be learning all about Vikings and why they invade other countries. We will start this half term with an exciting school trip where the children will be able to experience what life is really like for a Viking.
In English we will be focusing on planning and writing a newspaper report all about a Viking raid. Children will be exploring the features of a newspaper report and also researching into the language that is used in a newspaper report. They will use their computer skills to publish the newspaper report. Also, children will be focusing on historical legends and using this information to create their own story.
After working so hard on the calculations in the past term, we will be continuing to practice these calculation strategies daily when completing five a day in our maths lessons. In addition to this, children will also begin to look at the different types of measurements. We will start this topic by using different types of measurement to measure different objects around the classroom.
In science, we will be learning about magnets and forces and how they affect our everyday life. We will be carrying out an experiement to observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. We will also compare how things move on different surfaces and notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance.
In topic we will be focusing on history as a way to research into Vikings. We will start by creating a timeline of key events from the Vikings and using this to create a comic strip to show events and dates of the Viking rule and defeat. In DT we will also be designing and making a Viking boat similar to ones they use. Which material do you think would be the most appropriate to use?
How was the world discovered?
Welcome back, we hope you enjoyed your short break and are ready to start your exciting new topic! Over the Spring 2 term we will be learning all about different explorers and answering our topic question, how was the world discovered? The main explorer we will be focusing on and linking throughout the curriculum is Ernest Shackleton.
In English, we will be focusing on the great adventure of Ernest Shackleton and recreating scenes from his dangerous voyage with drama. Once we have learnt all about Ernest’s daring trip, we will use this to help us write diary entries, stories and even a biography.
Linking in brilliantly with our topic, in maths we will be learning how to use a compass and applying this information to different direction and position problems. We will also recap on our knowledge of fractions and 2D and 3D shapes towards the end of the half term.
In topic, our main focus will be geography finding different locations on a map and discovering which part of the world was found first. Children will also explore how to use an 8 point compass and how valuable this item was in discovering new areas of the world. We will also be covering the Easter story in RE in preperation for Easter.
What are the wonders of the world?
Welcome back, we hope you have had a lovely break and are ready to start our amazing new topic. This half term we will be learning all about the Seven Wonders of the World from the Taj Mahal in India to the Colosseum in Italy. We will start the half term by thinking about what we already know and thinking of what we would like to find out about the seven wonders.
In science, we will be learning all about electricity. We will be building simple circuits using batteries, wires and crocodile clips and exploring the use of switches and buzzers. We will look at different appliances in the house that need electricity and investigate conductors and insulators.
After working so hard on our addition and subtraction in the first half term, we will recap these methods in the first week back making sure we remember them! Next, we will start to learn formal written methods for multiplication and division. The children will need to use these skills throughout the half term and apply them to problem solving activities. Then we will move on to money applying this to real life scenarios. We will mainly be focusing on finding the correct change from amounts spent. Towards the very end of the half term, we will be exploring statistics and collecting data, which will lead to bar charts and interpreting data.
In literacy we will focus on writing stories including structuring them, discussing vocabulary and how to develop use of characters. We will be enjoying a range of texts, the first one we will be looking at is Iron Man and our learning will be based around this. After reading the text, we will re-write parts of the story and write diaries from different characters points of view.
In topic, we will be learning all about the Seven Wonders of the World. Once we have learnt all the facts by using computers to research, we will try to create our own wonder using different materials. The children will work collaboratively to create ideas and then produce their wonder using materials they have selected.
Why do dragons breathe fire?
Welcome back! We hope you are all ready to learn about our exciting new topic. This half term we are basing our learning around dragons. There are many stimulating learning opportunities to concentrate on. We have started our topic by thinking of questions that we want to find out by the end of this half term. Hopefully what we have in store will answer them!
In Science, we will be investigating the animal kingdom (including dragons!) and looking at how to classify these animals based on their appearance, diet and anatomy (particularly their skeletons). Children will get the opportunity to go on a minibeast hunt around school and apply their science learning to classify the living things that they find. The children will also be investigating what type of animal a dragon is and how to classify it as a new species in the animal kingdom.
In numeracy we will still be focusing heavily on place value. We will then move onto looking at the four calculations. These include addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also focus on improving our reasoning skills by solving word problems.
Within our literacy lessons, children will be enjoying a range of books with dragons as a common theme. We are starting with the text ‘The Egg’ and will be writing our own instructions as to how to trap a dragon as well as creating a dragon’s lair! Across the half term, we will be looking at a range of text genres including storytelling and instructional writing, based on the texts that we will read.
Finally, in topic this half term, children will develop their mastery of different art and design techniques (including drawing, painting and collage) by creating a giant class collage of dragon. This is going to be so exciting.
In computing the children will be learning about the principles of coding, particularly focusing on if/then statements. They will use blocks of coding text to program their own game based on dragons