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