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Spring 1



Class Book – Grandpa Chatterji

Our topic for the first half of the Spring Term is 'India'. Through this topic we will learn all about the different aspects of India and compare them with England. 

We will investigate the location of India using atlases and world maps in Geography and look at the landscape. Through the book 'The Jungle Book', we will learn about different types of animals that live in India and research how the habitat suits their needs in Science. We will also begin to look at food chains and understand how animals depend on one another. (Video clips about food chains and habitats)          

We will use the story of The Jungle Book to develop our reading and writing skills with character descriptions and setting descriptions. We will also use non-fiction texts about India as a country as well as animals to understand how non-fiction texts are organised. We will be practising how to order events that happen in stories, and how we can find information from a variety of texts. During our Great Fire of London topic, we started to learn about writing instructions, and we will carry on with this during our India topic – in particular making (and tasting!) some Indian food. Through this we are hoping to develop lots of skills such as reading recipes, reading scales and telling the time.

Spelling will be a key area for us this term, in particular the first 100/200 high frequency words that we sent home last term.

In Math, we will focus on length, mass, temperature and picture graphs. We will continue with our understanding of addition and subtraction using column addition and subtraction, but also use our topic to develop these skills in a real life context. It is our Spring challenge to continue practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including the division facts.                                                  

In RE, we will focus on ‘What makes some places sacred to believers’. We will learn about special stories such as Rama and Sita, special objects and holy places. We are hoping to visit a mosque, we will keep you all informed about this.

Within Art and Design, we will look at and create rangoli patterns using different media and materials. The patterns will also give us an opportunity to look at 2D shapes and repeating patterns to support our maths learning, and we will think about symmetry when we make an elephant blanket.

In PE we will be learning our own Bollywood dance to share with you all at a parent carer morning. Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 9.15am.

Key Dates

Start of Spring term - Monday 6th January 2020

Wednesday 5th February 2020 - Bollywood dance - 9.45am

Safer Internet Day - 11th February 2020

Trip to the local mosque - TBC

Half term - Monday 17th - Friday 21st February 2020