In English, we started the spring term by reading the factual text of The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins. We were able to learn about Emperor penguins and how they raise their young in the bitter conditions of the Arctic. The book provided many pieces of information which we were able to link to our learning in Science, Topic and DT. In the latter part of the term, we read the story of Max by Bob Graham. The story is about a young superhero boy who cannot fly. The story describes how the young character eventually becomes part of his legendary superhero family. Both texts enabled us to create text maps to become great storytellers. The stories also provided an opportunity for us to create our own adapted versions of the stories. We also celebrated World Book Day. The children had the opportunity to become investigators to solve a mysterious problem involving an evil pea! Later that day, they were able to become book publishers by retelling the story from the morning.
In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of different strategies to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. We then discussed how we can use this understanding to solve a variety of problems. We have been learning to identify what the question is asking us, how best to approach the problem, how to record our ideas as well as knowing how to check our jottings to ensure we have responded directly to the question. We have also been focusing on building our understanding of reading time to be able to read to either 15 minutes or 5 minutes.
In Science, we started the term learning about different animals living in a contrasting area form our local environment. We focused on the animals found in the Poles – the Arctic and Antarctic, for example polar bears, penguins and seals. We discussed how the animals have adapted to survive in harsh conditions as well as how they depend on each other – for example, for food. We then moved on to learning about a variety of different plants living in our local environment. We carried out various observations in our forest school as well as researching different wild flowers seen locally.
In Topic, we started the spring term learning about life in a contrasting area to our local town – we focused on the Arctic. We discovered the different people living there (the Inuit), their homes and type of clothing. We also researched the different famous figures part of expeditions to the Arctic, including the explorers who were the first to land at the North Pole. In the latter part of the term, we focused our learning on famous historical figures. We focused our learning on Florence Nightingale, Neil Armstrong and Tim Berners-Lee. We learned about when they were alive, why they were famous and information about their lives. As part of our topic days, we learned about the famous historical figure, William Shakespeare. We were lucky to be able to take part in different workshops and perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
In RE, we have been discussing the similarities and differences from the religions which we celebrate within our class. We have also been focusing our learning this term on Sikhism. We have been learning about how the key events are celebrated and the symbolism of different objects such as the Kara, Kangha and Kesh.
In Computing, we became photographers and took a variety of photos on our iPads. We used different websites to explore a variety of website as well as upload our own. We linked our Computing unit to our Science learning and took a variety of photos of different plants in our locality, such as the plants found in the forest school.
In PE, we have continued our learning on ‘balancing’ to be able to apply these skills in team games later in the year. We have started to develop our ball skills by manoeuvring small balls with our hands and feet. Our ‘peer coaches’, offer suggestions and advice when watching us complete an activity.
Art and DT
In Art and DT, we began the term creating sculptures of penguins linked to our learning in Topic and Science. We created moulds out of newspaper and cello tape and then covered them with papier-mâché. After being left to dry overnight, we painted our sculptures and added googly eyes for effect. In the latter part of the term, we tested and created our own dip and dippers. We had the opportunity to taste various dips and dippers, such as salsa, guacamole and a nacho cheese dip along with bread sticks and crudités (peppers, carrots and cucumber). Afterwards, we created our own version of Raita, deciding between the ingredients of plain yogurt, cucumber, mint, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.
Next half term
Next term, we are going to be reading The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. This will provide an opportunity to explore a chapter book in detail ready for KS2. In Maths, we will be consolidating our learning of different calculations using the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be solving a variety of problems using time, shape and statistics. For RE, we will be visiting a local church to discover more about the religion of Christianity. For Topic, we will be exploring Life by the Seaside, before going back in time to discover what seaside holidays were like in the past. For Science, we will be learning about different animals found in the sea as well as learning about how we can stay fit and healthy.
William Shakespeare Topic Days
World Book Day
Maths, learning to read time to 15 minutes.
Topic, learning about Florence Nightingale.
DT – penguin sculptures