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OAK NEWSLETTER SPRING 2021
I hope you have all had a peaceful and safe Christmas break, and are excited to begin a new term of school. Below is some information that you will find useful about what we will be covering, within our curriculum, this term. Although some of our class will be working from home for this half-term, we are committed to ensuring that work provided for home learning mirrors work completed in the classroom, as much as possible.
Our topics for the Spring Term are:
‘Extreme Earth’ and ‘Titanic’
We are going to begin our ‘Extreme Earth’ topic by researching the extreme climate in the Arctic and the current issues surrounding climate change. We will then advance to studying earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. We will find out the cause and effect of each of these, with individual studies of areas constantly under threat.
After half term, we will embark on our ‘Titanic’ topic where the children will learn about the historic event and assess the factors which attributed to the collision. We will use our geography skills to plot the journey on a map and assess how time zones change around the world, taking into account distance and time.
To begin our topic-based English lessons this term, the children will be writing a non-chronological report about the severe conditions in the Arctic climate. We will be studying how climate change is affecting the Arctic and how humans and animals adapt to survive in the current freezing conditions. Following this, we will be advancing to narrative writing. The children will be encouraged to focus on figurative language, advancing the action through the use of dialogue and how using complex sentences really enhances the reading experience. As we are embarking on the final chapter of The Nowhere Emporium, we will be researching how to create a comprehensive book review and delivering our opinions on how effective the author was in creating a mystery novel. We will then be moving on to our new whole class reading book, Orphans of the Tide, from which we will enhance our reading comprehension skills through the use of VIPERS and write instructions and diaries.
Our Maths lessons will begin with a recap of number multiplication rules such as prime, square and cube numbers. We will then consolidate our skills on reflecting shapes in four quadrants and advance to reasoning problems involving translation. Following this, we will be learning how to find percentages of amounts with confidence and investigating the link between fractions, decimals and percentages. The focus will then shift to measurement as we begin solving problems in relation to mass and volume, before investigating the link between metric and imperial units. Our next topic will then begin with finding the volume of shapes. We will advance to looking at possibilities for the use of formulae when finding the volume and then into use algebra to use simple formula. Following this we will learn how to: generate linear number sequences, find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation with two unknowns and, finally, problem solve with relative sizes of two quantities.
The focus during the first half term in Science will be ‘living things and their habitats’ where we will research methods of reproduction in plants and specific animals. We will then look at different ways to classify living things based on their similarities and differences, and then explain why we have classified them in this way. After half term, we will proceed to ‘evolution and inheritance’. The children will describe how living things have changed over time, how offspring inherit features from their parents and how animals and plants have adapted to their environments over time through evolution.
If you have any problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me through the school email or Seesaw.
I am looking forward to seeing all of the fantastic work you produce either in school or online this term.
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