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Spring 1

India

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. https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zx882hv (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. We will begin to look at writing instructions. 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.

In Math, we will focus on multiplication and division our Spring challenge is to continue practising our 2, 5 and 10 times tables, including division facts. We will also be focusing on statistics, including pictograms and tally charts.

In PSHE we will begin to focus on ‘Living without harming others’ our PiXL school project ‘A Mind to be Kind’ focus.

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.

Vocabulary chart

Diwali – festival of Light, Diva lamps

Rangoli

Sacred

Hinduism

 

Bollywood/

Bhangra Dance

 

Traditions

Beliefs

 

Religion

Buddhism

 

 

Henna

Loyalty, peace, prosperity, sacrifice, courage, truth, purity

Prayer

National dress:

Sari/Turban/ Dhotis

 

Taj Mahal – 17th Century

Temple

River Ganges

 

Habitat

 

Climate

 

East

 

Atlas/Globe

Rainforest

Food Chains

Environment

Monsoon

Food: rice, peda, curry, bahjis, samosas, chutney

Recipe/ Instructions

Animals: elephant, tiger, bear, python

Rickshaw

 

Terrain

Jungle

Coastal Plains

Khadi – flag fabric