In literacy this half term, we will begin by looking at instructional writing. Expect something very strange to appear in our classroom! We'll be reading 'The Disgusting Sandwich' by Gareth Edwards to inspire us. From this book, we will be improving and developing our vocabulary through use of interesting descriptions, writing a recount based on one of the characters in the book before innovating the story to write our own making links with animals and habitats in science.
This term we will continue to develop effective methods for addition and subtracting looking closely at adding 2 digit numbers to 2 digit numbers and developing understanding of carrying/borrowing or exchanging. We will then spend some time looking at money before moving onto multiplication and division.
After such a busy Christmas themed half term, we are still working on our celebrate module as we still need to develop understanding of character strengths. After this, we will be moving onto the next module; Appreciate. This module is all about teaching children the importance of gratitude. It looks at a number of elements of gratitude including: • What happens in our brain when we give and receive gratitude. We talk about the fact that when you give or receive gratitude it makes you feel good and link this to Team H-A-P. The science here is that when you give or receive gratitude the neurotransmitter dopamine is released which, makes us feel good.
We will be covering lots of Science in the second half of the half term. We will begin by looking at and focusing on hygiene and using this to begin to ask scientific questions and developing our scientific enquiry skills through use of observations. We will be looking at:
- Understanding animals and humans; focusing on birds, invertebrates and fish.
- To investigate living things
- To understand evolution and inheritance
Our geography topic this term focuses around Asia and will cover:
- asking and answering geographical questions
- naming and locating the world’s continents and oceans
- developing understanding of locating areas on a map
- understanding geographical similarities and differences between a small country in Asia and the UK
We will begin by evaluating and analysing our work from last half term before recapping key vocabulary linking this to the skills we have been developing. We will then be aiming to recreate Hokusai’s painting ‘The Great Wave’ using different mediums. We will be looking at making effective use of wax and watercolours before combining them.