Our Spring Term Topic:
We will begin the term by exploring diary entries, using the diaries of famous explorers to inspire us. We will use this as an opportunity to explore the difference between past and present tense, before writing our own diaries from the point of view of a famous explorer. Following this, we will be focussing on stories from other cultures, learning a class text and then using this as a basis for our own writing. Throughout the term, we will be learning to spell words containing suffixes, and improving our use of a thesaurus to up-level our vocabulary. We will also continue to practise our joined handwriting across all areas of the curriculum.
Our targets will focus on learning, understanding and using written methods for addition and subtraction. Over the course of the term, we will be looking at a variety of methods including partitioning, jumping on a number line and formal column addition. We will also be using and applying our maths skills, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve problems in real life contexts involving money and measures. We will also be continue to work towards our Tables Star Awards, practicing our 2, 5 and 10 times tables every day, with some of us moving beyond to work on our Superstar Award and the 3, 4 and 6 times tables.
As we continue to explore our topic, we will be looking at life-cycles, identifying changes that take place in many species as youngsters grow into adults. We will then explore the basic needs of all animals such as water, food and air. Finally we will be learning about the importance of staying healthy, maintaining good personal hygiene and eating a balanced diet.
Delving deeper into our topic, we will continue to learn about the way that the idea of ‘exploring’ has changed over time. We will look at historical maps, using them to recognise that in the past the entire world was not ‘known’ or mapped and thinking about the way that the discovery of new places might have changed the world. We will research the lives and achievements of five explorers from different countries and time periods: Ibn Battuta, Captain Cook, Roald Amundsen, Captain Scott and Sunita Williams. We will also think about why there were so few famous female explorers and discuss whether we think exploration is more or less important now that it was in the past.
Linked to our work on the travels of the explorer Ibn Battuta, in Art we will be turning our geometric Islamic art designs into clay tiles, which we will then paint and decorate. Meanwhile, in DT we will design and create our own Maori Masks based on those worn by Maori warriors, who used fierce expressions to scare off their enemies!