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Spring 2

Have a look below to see what we will be learning about this term and keep an eye on Seesaw for extra information and to keep up to date with what we are all up to in school.

India

India on world map: surrounding countries and location on Asia mapDecorative Clay Diya, Packaging Type: Packet, Finish Type: Color Coated, Rs  100 /pack | ID: 14110271248

In Geography, we will be learning all about where India is in the world and compare India with the United Kingdom. We will compare the human and physical geography of India and the UK such as their weather patterns, the similarities and differences in the key physical features (beach, cliff, forest, hill, coast, mountain, sea, ocean, river, valley) and the similarities and differences in the key human features (city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour, shop). In Art, we will create clay diyas and understand their use in Diwali. 

Key vocabulary

Geography - World, map, atlas, location, weather, similarities, differences, human, physical, beach, cliff, forest, hill, coast, mountain, sea, ocean, river, valley, city, town, village, factory, farm, house, office, port, harbour, shop

Art - clay, mould, sculpture, diya, bowl shape, curved, indent, mark, pattern

Maths

We will continue our focus on Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and focus this term on different methods to subtract. We will also learn about shape and then find fractions of a shape. Due to the recent events, we anticipate that the children may still have some gaps in their learning so this will be a big focus. We will continue weekly practise of Number and Lightning to develop children's arithmetic skills.  

Key vocabulary

Numbers, place value, biggest, smallest, more, less, addition, subtraction, tens, ones, digit, shape, 2D, 3D, sides, vertices, edges, faces, lines of symmetry, whole, parts, equal parts

 

English

Freeverse poetry by Michael Rosen

Free verse is any form of poetry that does not rely on consistent patterns of rhyme and meter. In fact, free-verse poetry doesn't have to rhyme at all. As a result, free verse tends to follow the rhythm of natural speech. 

We will look at some poetry by Michael Rosen - for example 'Chocolate cake'.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxQLITdOOc 

We will be looking at this to write our own!

Explanation text

We will also be writing an explanation text either as part of our Science learning (explaining how seeds grow) or our History learning (explaining why the wars started/ended). We will look at examples of explanation texts before we write our own.

Key vocabulary

Freeverse poetry - Speech, poem, poetry, freeverse, spoken, performed

Explanation text - conjunctions, present tense, subheading, heading, facts

 

Science – Plants

We will plant seeds and observe them over time to describe and explain how they grow into mature plants. We will understand what plants need to survive and to stay healthy.

Key vocabulary

Bulb, seed, root, stem, flower, pollen, nutrients, water, light, temperature 

 

Computing – Programming: Scratch Jr

We will learn what the different blocks do on Scratch Jr and predict, test and review our programmes on the app. We will programme a familiar story and animation of an animal, make our own musical instrument by creating buttons and record sounds. We will also follow an algorithm to record a joke. 

Key vocabulary

Algorithm, animation, bug, code (computer), code (verb), debug, icon, imitate, instructions, loop, repeat, Scratch JR, sequence

  

History – How do we know about WW1 & WW2

We will reflect on Rememberance day and why we have it and what it represents. We will then learn about the evidence that was left behind to understand that's how we know about historical events. We will talk about why the wars happened, the countries involved and what ended the wars. 

Key vocabulary

Remembrance Day, WW1, WW2, soldiers, evidence, countries involved, ended

 

Music – Musical Me
 

We will sin the song 'Once a Man Fell in a Well' and play it using tuned percussion. We will add sound effects and experiment with timbre and dynamics. We will use letter notation to write a melody.

Key Vocabulary:

Composition, pulse, melody, timbre, dynamics, rhythm

 

PSHE – Continuing Health and Wellbeing

We will learn about the benefits of exercise and relaxation on physical health and wellbeing, learn strategies for managing emotions, set goals, develop a growth mindset and understand dental hygiene.

Key vocabulary:

Diet, emotions, exercise, growth mindset, healthy, physical activity, relaxation, skill, strengths

 

PE – 

Frisbee – we will work on throwing and catching using a frisbee. We will learn about the difference between backhand and forehand throwing. We will work on our hand eye coordination to aim at targets.

Dance – we will move our bodies in ways to match the genre, beat and rhythm of the music.

Key Vocabulary

forehand, backhand, glide, target, disk, angle, flight, genre, beat, rhythm

 

RE – Why does Easter matter to Christians?

We will think about signs of Easter and new life before learning about how Easter is important to Christians and learn the Easter story and symbols of the Easter story in the world around them (hot cross buns).

Key vocabulary

Christianity, Easter, palm Sunday, new life, cross, crucify, Jerusalem, betrayal, symbols

 

Helpful websites:

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/accounts/sign_in 

https://play.numbots.com/#/intro

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpxnyrd Plants

 

Useful Dates:

Monday 21st February - First day back after half term

Thursday 3rd March - World Book Day

Thursday 3rd March - Caterlink Special Menu

Monday 14th March - British Science Week

Friday 18th March - Red Nose Day

Friday 1st April - Last day of Spring Term