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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:
‘Life in a Freezer’, ‘Chocolate’, ‘Fair Trade’ and ‘Knights and Castles’
We are going to begin our ‘Life in a Freezer’ topic by investigating ice and its properties, where the children will conduct a series of different experiments on ice to further understand the uses and drawbacks of living in a freezing environment. The children will research Inuits and animals living in the Arctic/Antarctic and find out how they have adapted to survive in the harshest of landscapes. We will then be moving on to our ‘Chocolate’ topic, where the children will learn about the route of chocolate, from cocoa bean to the supermarket, and how chocolate is successfully packaged to entice customers. They will design their own chocolate packaging and, of course, have opportunity to sample some different types of chocolate. Our work will include a focus on ‘Fair Trade’ and the children will assess how companies work with producers to allow for this.
After half term, we will embark on our ‘Knights and Castles’ topic where the children will learn about how castles have changed through time and how to sequence this on a timeline. We will look at the location of famous castles and how they are structured. Within our design & technology lessons, we will create catapults and model castles. We will also have the opportunity to visit a local castle.
To begin our topic-based English lessons this term, we will be writing newspaper articles about a stunning occurrence in Antarctica. We will use role-play to re-enact the event and research the use of features used to create an effective article. We will then use the book ‘Lost and Found’ as a hook to create an exciting narrative. The children will focus on the use of descriptive language and how this emphasises details of the setting for our reader. Our final piece of work on this topic will be to create a diary entry for an explorer who has travelled to the North Pole. To better understand how chocolate is manufactured, we will research the production and create explanation texts. We will create a recipe including chocolate and use this to bake our own treats.
Our Maths lessons will start a focus on shape. We will learn how to identify and measure angles, rotate shapes and find their perimeter. Following this, we will study the place value of decimals 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, we will learn how to read the time in both analogue and digital forms and use this skill to solve problems. We will continue to revisit the four operations throughout the term.
The focus during the first half term in Science will be states of matter. We will learn how materials are defined and sorted by their properties and investigate the uses of gas. The children will perform experiments to discover how different materials can change their state of matter through processes such as heating, cooling, evaporation and condensation.
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 chocolate survey and present their findings to the rest of the class by applying their new knowledge of data presentation. The children will also have the opportunity to use Kodu software to create a coherent code to control characters and create games. Within coding club, we will learn about the uses of a micro-bit and decide on a class project to incorporate the use of them.
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 trainersto wear outside. Shorts, t-shirt and PE shoes/trainerswill 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 sign your child’s Reading Record to show when your child has read. I will sign and write weekly, after each Guided Reading session.
As well as regular reading, the children should be practising their times tables often.
Homework will be set on a Thursday or Friday and will be due in on a 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 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.
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!