Green Class – Spring 2
Our first unit this half term will be based around the novel, The Iron Man. Our grammar focus will be on adverbs, prepositions and complex sentences using the conjunctions, since and until. Throughout the unit, we will focus on writing role as different main characters. We will also explore how the author develops character and setting in the opening paragraphs of each chapter. Our non-fiction unit following this will be persuasive letters. We will look at different examples of persuasive letters before applying what we have learnt to write persuasive letters to and from the characters in The Iron Man.
This half term we will be completing our learning on division as repeated subtraction, using a vertical numberline to subtract chunks of the divisor. Following this, we will look at 2D shape, focusing on angles as a measure of turn, angles in shapes, parallel and perpendicular lines, sorting and drawing 2D shapes. Next we will look at formal written methods of addition and subtraction with exchange from ones into tens and tens into hundreds. Finally we will study equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and using grids to describe position, movement and direction.
Our Science unit this half term is Forces and Magnets. Pupils will be comparing how things move on different surfaces, noticing that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance, observing how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others, comparing and grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, identifying some magnetic materials, describing magnets as having two poles and predicting whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.
This half term we will be looking at shell structures. The children will evaluate different food packaging before exploring different strengthening techniques. Using this information the children will then design and make a box that is able to carry a healthy snack.
We will be finishing our Coding unit this half term. The pupils have explored what a flowchart is and how flowcharts are used in computer programming. We have found out that that there are different types of timers and have selected the right type for our purpose. We will also develop an understanding of how to use the repeat command and the importance of nesting. Finally, we will apply what we have learnt to designing and creating an interactive scene.
Our topic is a local history study. We will be looking at our local town over the years and investigating how it has changed. We will be thinking about why the landscape has changed, linking this with the development of the cotton industry from the 1800s.We will also hopefully be enriching this unit with a trip to Helmshore or Queen Street Mill to develop the children’s understanding of the cotton industry and what this meant for Lancashire towns like Burnley.
Our Easter unit this half term is Exploring the sadness and joy of Easter. Pupils will explore the Easter story from the angle of feelings evoked by the different events through Holy week. We will discover how the services held in Church during Holy week reflect the sadness and joy. Key questions that we will be thinking about include; is the cross a symbol of sadness and joy? Is good Friday the beginning or the end? And is Easter Sunday the end or the beginning?
This half term the children will be looking at carnival traditions in France. They will be speaking and writing numbers from 1-15, asking “How old are you?” and practice a simple dialogue about themselves using familiar questions. Finally they will be reading and writing dates in French and learning some vocabulary linked with Easter.
This half term we will be continuing our learning on relationships, looking at safe relationships, personal boundaries and the impact of hurtful behaviour. We will also be looking at the recognising respectful behaviour, including the importance of self-respect, courtesy and being polite.
The children will have gymnastics sessions on Wednesday afternoons with Mr Carr and a gymnastics coach. On Friday afternoons, PE will be Outdoor Adventurous Activities based around team work and problem solving.
Helen will continue to teach our dance lessons on a Thursday morning.
Our music lessons will continue to be taught by Mrs Spall on a Thursday.