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Spring 2

Spring 2

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This term, we will use the HEP curriculum to explore the topics of Persia and Greece, and Agriculture.

History – Persia and Greece:

We will be learning about King of the Kings, the Persian Empire, Greek city states, Greek Gods and Goddesses, Greek language and Persian wars.

Vocabulary: 

Persian Empire, Kings, Gods/ Goddesses, Language and War

Geography – Agriculture:

We will be learning about agriculture, looking at arable and pastoral farming, changing landscapes, food which affects farming and sheep farming in Wales.

Vocabulary: 

Arable Farming, Pastoral Farming, Landscapes, Food and Sheep Farming

Maths:

Our maths focus for this term will be measuring length and perimeter. We will talk about units of measurement including millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm) and metres (m) and how we can use these to record measuring large areas. Our work will focus on comparing lengths and measurements, as well as adding and subtracting lengths.

Following on from this, we will end the term with the focus of fractions. This will involve recapping quarters, halves and thirds which will allow us to begin to explore equivalent fractions and unit/non-unit fractions.

We will also continue to work on the addition and subtraction skills learned last term through Number and Lightning.

Vocabulary:

millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm) and metres (m), perimeter, measure, distance, quarter, third, half, whole, equivalent, fraction, part, equal

English – 

This term we will be reading Krindlekrax written by Philip Ridley. Using a variety of drama and in the role techniques that the children are becoming more familiar with (such as conscience alleys and freeze frames) we will explore the story of Ruskin. He is an unlikely hero who lives on Lizard Street, and it is here that the mysterious creature ‘Krindlekrax’ lurks underground! We will use our reading for inference techniques to infer character’s feelings and action, so that we can write in role. We will explore how author’s use word classes to really capture a reader’s attention, and see if we can use these techniques in our own narrative writing.

Vocabulary:

Narrative, fiction, novel, dilemma, emotion, plot, setting, character, inference, inference, gist, sequence, author’s language and structure.

Science – Light:

We will be learning to recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light and notice that light is reflected from surfaces.  We will be learning that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes, how shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. We will find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. 

Vocabulary:

Light, Dark, Ray, Shadow, Reflect, Mirror, Sun, Opaque, Transparent, Translucent 

Other curriculum areas:

French - Animals:

This term we will be learning about animals including farm, pets and zoo animals. We will be singing ‘Old Macdonald’ using the French words for the animals.  We will be finishing our learning by reading a story about a mouse who has lost his Mum and practising all the words we learned throughout the half term.

Vocabulary: Ferme (farm), animaux (aniumal), chien (dog), chat (cat), domestiques (domestic),

PE:

Dance (indoor)

This term we will be using our knowledge of sequencing dance moves and pike, tuck shapes learning in Gymnastics from the autumn term.

Vocabulary:

tuck, pike, sequence, coordinate, movement

Tennis (outdoor) -  

This term we will learning how to play tennis, we will learn how to hold a tennis racket correctly and then learn to hit the ball and rally the ball to one another. We will understand where to stand and move on a tennis court, reacting to the balls direction and positioning ourselves ready for the shot.

Vocabulary:

Tennis, racket, grip, swing, rally, forehand, backhand, relay,

RE - People of God:

We will be learning about what it is like to follow God. The People of God try to live in the way God wants, following his commands and worshipping him. People believe God promises to stay with them and Bible stories show how God keeps his promises. We will be making simple links between promises in the story or Noah and promises that Christians make at a wedding ceremony.

Vocabulary: Ark, Covenant, Promise, Agreement, Pact

PSHCE – Safety and changing body:

In PSHCE this term we will be linking our learning to Science and computing:

  • learning about being kind and staying safe online
  • learning how to identify and deal with cyberbullying
  • understanding the difference between secrets and surprises
  • considering who influences our choices
  • learning about road safety

Vocabulary:

Positive, Email, Kind, Identity Password, Intended, Cyberbullying, Share aware, Sharing, Internet, Social media, Private, Public, Surprise, Secret, Uncomfortable, Worried, Anaphylaxis, Allergic, Airways, Breathing, Reddening, Puncture, Swelling, Infection, Venom, Reaction, Auto injector, Decision, Rather, Choice, Calmly, Reassure, Casualty, Emergency operator, 999/111, Incident, Location, Injuries, Landmarks, Identification, Information, Hazards, Awareness, Accident prevention, Assistance Distraction, Rules, Safety

Citizenship:

  • Understanding recycling and reusing
  • What makes up a community?
  • Understanding what local democracy means
  • Consequences of breaking rules
  • Learning about the United Nations and the rights of the child

Design and Technology – Textiles:

Children will be designing and making a purse or wallet. We will use our Maths skills to measure and compare lengths of fabrics. The children will be using a selection of fabrics and fastenings to make their project.

  Vocabulary: fabric, fastening, structure, compartment, finishing technique, stitch, seam.

Music – Viking Singing:

We will learn through call and response techniques ‘The Dragon Song’. Within this, we will begin to understand music notation, using Viking rhythms, and culminate our project with a performance of ‘The Dragon Song’.

Vocabulary:

Call and response, rhythm, beat, timing, notation,

Computing:

In computing this term we will be linking our learning to PSHE about being safe:

  • Learning how to send emails with attachments and how to be a responsible digital citizen by thinking about the contents of what is sent
  • Learning about cyberbullying – both what this is, and what to do about it if it happens to us

We will also cover the journey inside a computer. To do this we will learn about the different components of a computer through building our own paper versions, and exploring how these work.

Vocabulary:

Email, Log in, Log out, Information, Responsible citizen, WiFi, Image, Video, Sign in, Username, Domain, Computer, Email address, Password

Input, output, function, instruction, components, algorithm

Links to Learning sites

Bedrock - https://app.bedrocklearning.org/

TT Rockstars - https://ttrockstars.com/

Computing (Scratch) - https://scratch.mit.edu/

Important diary dates:

Start of term – 21/02/2022

End of Term –  01/04/2022

Key events:

11th – 20th March - Science Week

03/03/2022 - World Book Day

18/03/2022 – Red Nose Day