Our Spring Term Topic:
We will be focussing on quest stories next half-term. We will begin by learning a model story by heart, so that we can use key phrases, features and vocabulary in our own writing. Our reading will link to our quest, too, giving us the opportunity to improve the way we read between the lines, thinking about how action, movement and dialogue can show feelings and personality. We will then plan out a quest of our own, linked to our topic work, which we will write over a series of sessions, focussing on varying sentence length and complexity through clever use of openers and punctuation. In spelling, meanwhile, we will be learning to add suffixes to root words and looking at how they change meaning.
We will be focussing on measures next half-term, learning to convert quickly between metric units of length, mass and volume, which will draw on the key skill of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also compare metric and imperial units (miles, pints etc) and estimate quantities using both systems. Following this, we will be developing our use of tables, graphs and charts to collect and share data, carrying out our own investigations, presenting our results and using these to ask and answer questions. As always, we will also continue to practice times table facts every day.
Building on our learning over the last few weeks, we will be describing the way the Moon moves in relation to the Earth, and identifying why it appears to change shape over the course of each month. We will also explore the effect of gravity, and investigate the effect that this force can have on unsupported objects, both on the Earth and on the Moon.
Next half-term we will focus on geography, looking at capital cities around the world - particularly Paris, London, Cairo and Washington DC. We’ll be learning about what it’s like to live and grow-up in each of these cities, the types of homes people live in and the jobs they do there. We’ll be trying to work out why each city became (or was chosen as) the capital, and looking at similarities and differences between these 4 places. We’ll finish-off by planning new capital cities of our own.
Linking in with our topic, our work in DT will see us becoming architects, investigating the way that bridges are built. We will explore strong shapes and structures, and use this understanding to design our own bridges. Finally, we will select materials for our constructions, build them and put them to the test.