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Our learning — week commencing 15th March

This week, we shall be continuing our new art project which focuses on 'Growth'. We shall be using our drawing and photography skills to think about things that have helped us during lockdown and how we have 'grown' throughout this time.

In English, we shall be reading more of our new class book called 'Island' which is about the story of the Galapagos Islands, and this links nicely with our Science topic on Evolution. We shall also doing some short busts of writing to reignite our passion for writing, and these will be based on some short Pixar animations.

We shall be finishing off reading 'Once' and will begin our new class book called 'Explorer', as well as continuing to learn about the Amazon Rainforest.

PE is on Wednesday, so please come into school in your PE clothes although it would be a good idea to also bring in your school shoes in case your trainers get wet or muddy.

In maths, we shall be revising some areas of fractions and then will learn how to add and subtract fractions.

French will begin on Wednesday and will be taught by Mrs Spooner every Monday thereafter.

I hope you all have a lovely week.

Mrs Bird


Welcome back to a new term. Our topic in Diamond class for the Spring term is going to be 'Mexico'. We shall be using maps and atlases to locate and find out about the country, and shall locate and name bordering countries, oceans and seas, as well as analyse the terrain and climate using terms such as Tropics, Polar Regions, Latitude, Longitude and Equator. We will be finding out about the history of Mexico and compare it to that of the UK. We shall then look in more depth at the concept of trade. This will involve investigating the UK trade market, and comparing that to Mexico and El Salvador, which will then lead us to find out about the Fairtrade process. We will also learn about the global economy and how trade has changed throughout history. After half-term, we shall learn more about Mexican food, traditions and festivals including the 'Day of the Dead'.

For the first half-term, we shall be reading two texts within our guided reading groups: 'Martha's Suitcase' (a blog) and 'The Jungle Book'. We shall continue to develop the main reading skills of: prediction, exploring the meaning of words in context and retrieving and recording information. In addition, our focus 'Mastery' skills for this half-term are:

  • summarising the main ideas from more than one paragraph
  • drawing inferences and justifying with evidence
  • distinguishing between fact and opinion
  • identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning
  • evaluating authors' choice of language
  • making comparison's within and across texts

    We shall continue to read our class text 'Once', and will then move onto our new text based on Mexico which is called 'Crossing The Wire'.

    Reading is crucial for the understanding of many topics, and so we shall work on this in class in large and small groups, every day. Please ensure that your child updates their reading record book each time they read and brings it into class every day. These books should be signed by an adult each week so that the record it kept up to date and so that parents are aware of any messages placed in their by the class teacher or teaching assistant working with your child.

    We shall be continuing with our learning about racial discrimination and civil rights which will include learning about Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. We shall then move onto a new book called 'Can We Save the Tiger?' by Martin Jenkins, which will link with our learning about animals and our reading of 'The Jungle Book'. The children will learn how to write information texts and explanation texts, and some may also write a Newsround-style story. We shall continue our work on grammar and spelling to support our writing, and will develop the children's handwriting so that they regularly use a joined script.

    Our focus this half-term is fractions. We shall build on our prior learning and continue our work on factors and multiples. We will then learn about simplifying, comparing and ordering fractions and then learn how to calculate and solve problems.

    The children need to continue to develop their recall of their times tables using TTRockstars, and for those who need to revise addition and subtraction with single digits to improve their speed of calculation, Numbots can be accessed online using the TTRS logins. Certificates are awarded every Friday for children's progress.

    In Science, we shall learn about living things and their habitats. The children will learn to describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and animals, and give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. We shall also learn about evolution and recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago .Additionally, we shall look at how living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents, as well as learning to identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

    Our creative work will be linked to our Mexico topic. We shall learn about the work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and create our own portraits by analysing her style. We shall learn painting techniques and understand the properties of different media before exploring how to use acrylic paint to achieve the vibrant colours characteristic of her style. We shall also learn about Mexican food and learn how to use different cooking techniques to prepare a Mexican dish. In Music, the children will learn about the history and features of Mexican music.

    For this half-term, we shall be following the CW1 fitness lessons which will be streamed 'live' every Thursday morning. After half-term, we hope to learn about hockey.

    This half-term, we shall consider the question, 'What makes a good leader worth following?' Eg Muhammad (pbuh); Guru Nanak; Jesus, Gandhi. We shall also think about how people with a non-religious world view decide what makes a good life, and whether a religious belief helps people when life gets hard.

    In the first half-term, our learning will be to compose sounds suitable for a particular film; identify how specific musical techniques and devices contribute to the impact of their piece of sound design; and, evaluate choices in composition and justify them in appropriate musical vocabulary. We shall learn a range of composition and performance skills drawn from key pieces of minimalist music written by Steve Reich.

    This term, the children will use laptops to help them design their music soundscapes, and will also build and code Lego robots.

    If you have a worry, a question, or there's something I need to know, please feel free to contact me either by calling the school office or by emailing me on the class email address which is: . Please note that approval for any absences, including medical appointments, can only be made by contacting Mr Perry at Alternatively, you can contact the school office to request an absence form.

    I hope your child is looking forward to returning to school, but if they are a little nervous or anxious then please be assured that their well being and safety is our priority. We have a range of support interventions available within school, and every class has a 'worry monster' for your child to write down and 'post' any worries they want to share, but don't want to talk about. I will then address your child's worry in a way which supports your child best.

    Best wishes

    Mrs Bird

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