We hope you had a fantastic half term break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. Thank you all for working so hard in spring 1. It has been a very challenging time and we appreciate how much effort parents and children have put into managing the demands of remote learning in the first half of the term. Children’s wellbeing and their smooth transition back into school life will again be an important focus when all children return to school on Monday 8th March after the extended lockdown period. It has been lovely to keep in touch with you in our twice daily Zoom calls over the past weeks, but we are really looking forward to returning to face to face teaching in school so the children can reconnect with their friends and engage with the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for the rest of this term.
English and Reading
This half term, our core book is Song of the Dolphin Boy. It is about a boy, who has always been different, and in the tiny fishing village of Stromhead he sticks out like a sore thumb. He was always told to keep away from the water, he's felt that something was missing until one day he dives in and finds that, swimming with the dolphins, he feels completely at home. In English, we will be using this book to inspire a diary entry written from the point of view of Finn, the main character in our text. We will be reflecting on different emotions he feels at particular points of the text and how they impact his decisions and actions. We will be using our reading lessons to explore a variety of text types including narratives, poetry and non-fiction. All of our texts relate to sustainable development and plastic pollution. We will use each text to focus on various learning strategies throughout the half term. Children will use their prior knowledge to infer about different parts of texts, they will also be making connections to their own experiences to relate to the different sections of the book. We will be using newspaper reports to develop our clarifying and evaluating skills.
During this half term, we will continue to learn about multiplication and division and understand how they relate to one another. Then, we will be moving onto fractions. Children will revisit fractions facts that we learned in the Autumn term, to refresh and recap their prior learning . We will then continue to expand our knowledge on fractions by learning equivalent fractions, fractions of amounts and comparing and ordering fractions.
In Science this half term, we will be learning about plants. We will begin our topic by identifying and describing the function of each part of a plant. Next, we will be learning about the life cycle of plants and what is required for a plant to live and grow to its full potential. Finally, we will be investigating how plants get their water and how it is transported to specific areas of the plant.
Throughout this half term, we will be focusing on using sustainable products to produce a piece of art inspired by our core text. Children will be inspired by sustainable artists such as Josh Blackwell and Khalil Chistee to create art using plastic bags. They will create a watercolour background and then add plastic bags onto the River Thames to represent the plastic pollution in the water.
This half term in history, we will be learning about significant events that have shaped the way we use the River Thames today. We will be learning about The Great Stink during the Victorian era and the consequences society endured from the lack of sewage system. Then, we will be researching how Joseph Bazelgette changed the way we live today, by inventing a sewage system that is still in use. Finally, we will be gathering information about pollution and what we can do to help with pollution in our local area and the Thames
For the remainder of the spring term, children will have PE on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.
Reading Records and Passports
Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We are very pleased to announce that every child will also have access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club, a separate letter explaining how to sign in and access the platform has been sent to parents. Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box. Well done to those children who have already achieved their bronze and silver passport awards!
Children are encouraged to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle.