As usual we have a busy half term of activities planned for your children. You will find an outline below of the main focus in each curriculum area and you may wish to take the opportunity over the holiday to read around some of the topics or make any pertinent visits.
Your child will hopefully be working hard on their poem for the Poetry competition. Semi-finalists will be selected early in the half-term and Mrs. Crehan will select the finalists the following week.
Our trip to Kingswood is fast approaching and I look forward to welcoming you to our information evening on 20th March at 7 p.m. where Miss Wallis and I, as well as Miss Walker and Mr. Lewis, will be able to answer all your questions and provide all the information you need.
Finally, one of the most important events of the year takes place on 16th March – Open Day. Please ensure you keep this date free so that you may come and admire your child’s work.
It was lovely to see so many of you at our assembly this morning and may I say thank you to all of you for helping with costumes. I hope the children have a lovely break and I look forward to welcoming them back refreshed after the holiday.
This half term students will spend some time practising and perfecting skills needed in order to make mask work effective. They will review States of Tension and be introduced to archetypes. The children will then familiarise themselves with the use of the mask and finally create a group performance piece of mask work. KS
We will continue to read ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson. The comprehension this term will be linked to the poetry-based writing theme. We will be looking at performance poetry and the children will be practising their poems ready for the competition in March. There will also be the opportunity to look at poems from different cultures. SS
We will complete our look at traditional stories and the children will be writing their own story in the styles we have been studying. We then move on to poetry, writing poems about feelings, emotions and wishes. This will involve looking at adjectives, verbs, punctuation and the organisation of texts. SS
In maths we will be looking at time, including the twenty-four hour clock and times around the world, revision of data handling, number sequences including negative numbers and applying all of these in word problems. TMS/TW
In the second part of the spring term, we will continue to learn about the sun, earth and moon. We have learned about their spherical shape and size, and what causes day and night. We will extend our knowledge and find out about what causes seasons, and what causes the changing phases of the moon. We will also develop further our data handling skills. The children will collect secondary data and plot line graphs to show the pattern of the different lengths of days in the year. EG
We will continue to look at exploration and explorers during Tudor times. We will look at the voyages of Raleigh and Drake and look at how many European countries were building up their empires overseas, and the ways in which they did this. This will then lead us nicely into our study of the Aztecs, which will be our focus for the rest of the academic year. TW
We will be continuing our study of Kenya and will be investigating life on the savannah. We will discover how the Maasai Mara people live on the savannah and the wildlife living there too. We will also compare and contrast life in rural Kenya for young people with our own lives. SAW
We will be continuing the topic of Islam and looking, in particular, at The Qur’an, good advice, zakah, fasting and pilgrimage. This involves considerable discussion and comparison with other religions. TMS
French and Spanish will take place on alternate weeks.
In French our new topic is linked to the weather and the seasons and we will make a particular study of a poem: ‘Le Printemps’. In Spanish we will look at basic food vocabulary. Colours will be introduced and children will be encouraged to use them as part of a sentence describing a food with a focus on the change in masculine/ feminine endings according to the noun. TMS
In the second half of the term the children will continue the work on spreadsheets that they have just begun. They will learn how to create formulae to add, subtract, multiply and divide and how to use the SUM function. They will create spreadsheets to carry out an investigation, trialling different options and making recommendations based on their results. AD
This half term we will be continuing with our Rounds topic where pupils will participate in practical activities. RA
We will be creating some Islamic designs to complement our RE topic and be making some seasonal crafts. JT
In Positive Psychology we will finish the area of Positive Achievement and then go onto Positive Meaning which will cover acts of kindness and how to create a happy community. GC
PE & GAMES
In games girls will be taking part in netball activities and boys will be taking part in football activities. Girls will be developing a greater awareness of the positions of play in Hi Five netball. In PE lessons we will be concluding our programme of swimming with two final sessions, as the last two Fridays are half days. SAW