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Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break and are excited to begin a new term. Below is some information that you will find very useful about what we will be covering, within our curriculum, this term.
Our topics for the Spring Term are:
‘Superheroes’ and ‘Globe Trotters’
We are going to begin our ‘Superheroes’ topic by designing logos and costumes for our very own superhero creations. The children will use stop-motion technology to create their own mini film projects with the use of known superheroes. The origin of well-known superheroes will be investigated, before studying the content and layout of comic books. This will then be used to create our own comic strips. Within our design & technology lessons, we will design, create and evaluate our own ‘Supertatoes’, We will talk about the abilities of a superhero and what makes them so amazing, not just physically but mentally too. This will be linked to our PSHE lessons where we will study resilience, compassion, safety and determination.
After half term, we will embark on our ‘Globe Trotters’ topic where the children will use their geography skills to find places on a world map. We will research different cultures and compare differences and similarities to our lives in the UK. There will be opportunities to sample foods from different countries and discuss why some foods are more common in specific areas.
To begin our topic-based English lessons this term, the children will be writing a hypothetical text about what they would do if they were a superhero. They will be encouraged to focus on descriptive language and the use of subordinating conjunctions to link sentences. We will then use the book ‘Traction Man’ as inspiration to create an action-packed narrative written in the present progressive tense and using onomatopoeia. Our final piece of work on this topic will be to create a newspaper article about a significant fictional event involving a superhero saving the day. To better understand different cultures, we will research and create information texts about life in other countries. The children will study the differing diets and preferences around the world and write recipes for some interesting foods from other countries.
Our Maths lessons will start a focus on time. We will learn how to tell the time on 12-hour analogue clocks and how to add and subtract hours and minutes, before using these skills to solve practical problems. Following this, we will study the place value of numbers after a decimal point and link this to the addition and subtraction of money. This knowledge will then be used to solve one and two step problems. Towards the end of the term, the children will learn about statistics and how data can be presented in a variety of ways. Everyone will have the opportunity to create their own tables and charts before analysing them to discover patterns and make conclusions. We will continue to revisit the four operations throughout the term.
The focus during the first half term in Science will be forces. We will learn about push & pull actions and investigate how objects move on different surfaces, sometimes without the need for contact. The children will make predictions and perform experiments to discover how magnets attract and repel different materials under different conditions.
Within our computing lessons, we will learn how to create and present visual data in the form of charts and graphs. They children will carry out a survey and present their findings to the rest of the class by applying their new knowledge of data presentation. An important part of Computing is learning about being safe online, especially with the rise in social media and online gaming. Therefore, we will use numerous programs to create our own ‘Being Safe Online’ presentations. This will include manipulating images and inserting videos. The children will use coding software to create a coherent code to control characters and create games. They will learn how to debug problems and edit a set of directional instructions on different devices.
Our PE lessons are on a Monday or Tuesday afternoon (alternate weeks). The children will need to have their indoor PE kit in school at all times. During the term, weather permitting, lessons may be outdoors so children will need to bring a sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear outside. Shorts, t-shirt and PE shoes/trainers will be required for indoor sessions. Children should have a water bottle in school every day.
The children are encouraged to read at home as much as possible (every night would be great!). This will enable them to build and consolidate important reading skills, such as: reading speed and fluency, ability to analyse texts and make inferences. Please ensure that every read at home is recorded in your child’s reading record. Your child’s reading record will be written in by a staff member every time they have read at school.
As well as regular reading, the children should be practising their times tables often.
Homework will be set on a Friday and will be due in on the following Friday. This will include:
- Maths or English to reinforce and consolidate work that has been done in school.
- Research to support cross-curricular topic work.
- Reading comprehension work – the children would benefit from sharing and discussing their reading extracts with an adult before answering the questions.
It is important that children hand work in on time because this promotes good habits for the future and means it can be marked before the next piece of work is set.
Spellings and Rapid Recall will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday. The children will be given opportunity, during school time, to practise their spelling words and will use the words correctly in a sentence to show that they understand word meanings. Children will only receive their next Rapid Recall slip once they are confident with their current multiplication or division facts.
If you have any problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to call in to see me or telephone school. I am thoroughly looking forward to this new term and hope the children are too!