Spring Term 2019
In the run up to the SATS in May we are focussing on our problem solving and ensuring the children have all the skills they need to tackle tricky questions. Written methods remain a focus and we are working hard on practicing the strategies that are both quick and accurate. Number and calculation work remain a key to both problem solving and arithmetic and we are making sure that they remain at the heart of each week’s teaching over this term. We are working hard to fill in any gaps in the children’s knowledge to help them with their transition to secondary school in September.
We are continuing to build up a range of different writing styles to suit different genres and purposes. We are linking with our Topic work by using books and stories about travel and different places in the world as an inspiration for our writing. There are even more opportunities to write independently this term covering all manner of writing styles as well as poetry and instructions. We are also looking at spelling patterns and our use of grammar and punctuation. The grammar, punctuation and spelling test during SATS week is helping to focus our learning. In addition we are working to improve our reading skills, especially with regard to retrieving information and inference.
We are looking at all things natural, beginning with food chains and the way in which plants and animals are dependent upon each other for nutrition. Our studies will then focus on the classification of different species before investigating habitats. Finally there will be an opportunity to find out more about life cycles and ways of keeping ourselves and other living things fit and healthy.
The question we are asking for our Topic lessons this term is, “How can we explore the world from our classroom?” During these Geography based lessons we will have the chance to look more closely at where we live, using OS maps to plan a route and follow in Hampton, find features using a key, as well as understand the reason for why the layout of a town and city is so important. We will compare our city to Prague and decide which one we would rather live in, giving reasons why. A virtual flight to Switzerland and Iceland will help us study a more natural side to Europe; understanding how features such as hot springs, boiling mud pools, mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers exist!
The street is the setting for this terms unit of buskers and flash mobs. The children will explore Ravel’s Bolero through rhythmical mime, learn songs with instrumental accompaniments and create a dance to build into a thrilling street performance. The children will also learn about beat, syncopation, pitch and harmony and take a trip around the world to celebrate the universal language of music.
Our RE focus this term is Buddhism, beginning with a study of who Buddha was before moving on to looking at his teachings. The unit of study also provides opportunities to investigate the Buddhist ideas of meditation and the “Four Noble Truths”. We will also look at the way in which Buddhist monks live their lives.
Our lessons in personal, social and health education will this term cover “going for gold”. This will enable us to consider ways that we select personal targets as well as developing techniques for monitoring our own progress and ensuring we always do our best. This includes not just school work but opportunities for excelling outside school.
There will be a chance to brush up on our painting skills this term in Art. We will spend time looking at ways to create different shades by colour mixing the primary colours. The children will also develop their uses of paint brushes to create a range of marks and lines. We will also create our own versions of Native American artworks before moving onto different mediums including collage.
In PE this term we are working on our gymnastics skills, considering balance, movement and transitions between balances. We will also work on developing our healthy lifestyles, using aerobic techniques to benefit our fitness and ability to move in time. Outdoors we are focussing on striking and fielding activities, working on hand eye coordination and throwing and catching.
In our Design Technology unit this term we will become expert cooks as we look at different foods from around the world. Once we have investigated different foods we will design and create our very own dishes before evaluating and considering ways we could improve our concoctions.
Beginning with a refresher on considering the importance of e-safety, the children will move on to creating their own algorithms (sets of instructions). We will be using virtual and real floor turtles to practice our programming skills. We will also use an iPad app called Hopscotch and a Chrome app called Tynker which provide opportunities for programming.