Spring Term 2
Spring 2 2021
Welcome back! This half term our topic is Our Precious Planet. We started our half term with a Live Simply relaunch.
A few years ago we achieved the Live Simply award in school and we now want to take this even further. We have looked at ways in which to do this and have decided to focus on Laudato Si Action. A letter written by Pope Francis to everyone on Earth asking us all to work together to look after the world that God has given us.
We started this learning by watching the video below to help us understand Pop Francis’s letter.
We then thought about how we could help and came up with our class 8 To Be Great. 8 things that we could do to help. After lots of discussion we came up with our 8 and thought about how and when we could achieve them.
For the rest of the day we had our black out for creation, using no electricity or power. As part of this learning we explored recycling and set up a recycling centre in class with new recycling bins.
In RE this half term our topic is Following Jesus.
This week we have celebrated Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The children have learnt about the importance of both days, through listening to Bible scripture and through a childrens Liturgy on Wednesday. Following on from this the children have written Lent Promise wheels for the next 40 days and nights. As the children wrote the promises they considered the words, giving, fasting, prayer and understanding. They then made a promise linked to each.
The children then made links to their DT learning from last half term on mechanisms and added a split pin to the centre and attached their promises to a piece of card so that the wheel can be turned and each promise read.
Today we listened to a Bible story (Luke 5, 1-11) about how Jesus chose his first disciples. The children first listened to the story from the Bible, listening carefully to the word of God. We then watched a video that explained the story further. The children then had time to reflect and think about why Jesus chose Simon and Peter and why those chose to go with Jesus. We talked about the faith that Simon and Peter had shown in Jesus, following his word and never questioning him. Jesus thanked them for their faith by filling their nets with fish.
The children discussed this and considered the qualities that Peter and Simon showed and the qualities that the children look for in a friend. They then wrote all the qualities they look for around a picture of friends as a reminder of what Jesus looked for in his disciples.
The Good Samaritan
Today we listened to the parable of the Good Samaritan. The children were shocked that so many people walked on and left the man beaten on the side of the road. We talked about why this might be, reasons included fear or uncertainty. We talked about what the children would do if it happened today and they overwhelming said they would help. We talked about their own safety, making sure that they always had an adult with them. Once we had listened to the story we sequenced it in our books and wrote what we each thought the key message from the parable was.
We started our new half term with a new book, The Journey Home. The story tells of animals that have to leave their homes due to actions carried out by humans. The Polar Bear had to leave because its ice was melting, the panda because a city had been built on its home and Elephant becuase it was being hunted. The animals travelled far away and happened across the Dodo on a far off island. The children learnt that the Dodo was extinct and considered what this may mean for the characters in our story.
We then learnt about what endangered animals are and more about which animals are endangered and why. We linked this back to our Live Simply launch and thought about what we can do to prevent animals becoming extinct. Next week we are going to read more and continue to research these animals.
World Book Day
Today the children enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in school! As the children arrived they enjoyed sharing their costumes and books with each other and completed a World Book Day word search. Once all the children had arrived they shared their “Me as a reader” homework projects with each other. We then sat in a circle and discussed the different stories that we each came from. The children then drew themselves in their costume and wrote about why they had chosen their character. Throughout the day we read many different books, shared lots of laughs and many lovely reading moments.
We also had a virtual visit from an Author, Trish Cook. Across the last week the children have enjoyed listening to her stories in class. Today they got to speak to Trish, listen to her read one of her stories with actions and ask her questions about her life and books. The children loved the experience, asking fantastic questions!
This week we have been focusing on suffixes. The children have learnt new suffixes and what they do when added to the end of a root word. We have engaged in lots of activities where we have added each suffixes correctly onto root words and began to use the words correctly in sentences about endangered animals.
This week we have explored the features of non-chronological reports. Over the last few weeks we have become more familair with non-chronological reports in our guided reading sessions, reading non-chronological reports about our planet and how we can protect it. This week we applied these experiences to read non-chronological reports about endangered animals. We started by identifying the features of a non-chronological report, finding each part around the playground and naming it. We then found a fact in each section that we shared with the class.
Following on from this we have started to plan our own non-chronological reports on our favourite endangered animals. The aim is that we teach others about these animals and the risk that they are facing of extinction.
This half term we are focusing on the new concepts of Multiplication and Division. To do this we have recapped our learning and understanding of our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We have then explored multiplication, using objects to combine groups together.
Once we were confident with objects, we learnt about arrays and how placing objects or marks in collums and rows can help us to solve multiplication easier.
Now we are confident mulitplying with arrays we are moving onto division. This week we have focused on dividing using objects, applying our understanding of halving and sharing equally. We started the week by doing this in groups, reading the division sum together and solving the problems as a team. We have then moved onto using pictorial representations.
Weather and Seasons. This half term in Science we are learning about weather and seaons. This week we focused on Winter and Spring, looking a the transition between them and the difference between the two seasons.
This week the children have become weather reporters! To do this the children have applied their learning from last week and developed it further by watching a weather report. From this we identified the language we needed to use and the areas we needed to cover in the report. The children then went and observed the weather, finding out the temperature and wind direction using a compass. The children then set to work conducting their weather report.
We quickly realised that it was hard to remember all the information that the children needed to cover so we decided to write up our reports so we could use them as a prompt.
This week has been Science Week! As part of this week we have been taking part in a variety of different experiments that have used our working scientifically skills. These have included undertaking tests using equipment, asking questions and making observations. The children loved conducting the experiments and testing out their ideas, we had a lot of fun!
As part of Science week the children loved attending the Science Fair with Y3 and Y4. The children had the oppotunity to take part in many experiments, having lots of fun and learning new things about how the world around them works.
This half term we are focusing on the artist Monet. The children learnt all about his landscape paintings and how he used colours effectively to add detail to his paintings. The children discussed how Monet’s paintings made them feel and how the colours impacted on that.
We then explored primary and secondary colours, learning which primary colours mix together to make secondary colours. The children then used these colours to recreate a landscape of Monet’s, using finger painting.
This week in Art we have explored Monet’s cityscapes and learnt about how he liked to paint the same scene at different times of the day and in different seasons. The children then focused on a painting of the houses of parliment, painted at different times of day. They chose one to recreate and focused on the colours they needed, applying their mixing skills from last week.
Today in Computing, the children accessed the ICT suite for the first time, using a keyboard and a mouse to log into the computers. The children copied their usernames and passwords out of their homework diaries, identifying the correct keys and using the CapsLock key to create the capital letters. Once logged in, they typed Reading Eggs into the search engine and once again used their keyboard and mouse to type in their username and password. The children were then able to use their mouse to navigate around the website page.
History and Geography
Today we learnt about the 7 continents and 5 oceans in the world on a globe. We recapped the continents that we already knew, Europe where we live and Africa where Kenya is, the focus of last half term. We then learnt about the other 5, their names and where they are in relation to us. We then found the hidden jigsaw pieces and put them together to build a map of the world, identifying the continents, oceans, equator and the north and south pole.
This week we recapped our learning on continents and oceans from last week. We then explored different ways that we can travel round them today and how transport has changed and evolved over time. As part of this learning the children sequenced the invention of different modes of transport and explored what had changed over time. The chiildren concluded that the first modes of transport were powered by people, animals and wind. They then progressed onto steam and then engines like the ones we have in our cars, planes and trains today.
This week we learnt about the famous pilot Amelia Earhart. We read a story about her life and her great achievement of being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. We used our map skills to find the countries she flew to and from to get over the Atlantic Ocean. We then sequenced the key events in her life and used them to write a factfile about her.
During today’s music session, the children explored rhythms. They started by discussing what rhythm was and discovered that it is patterns of sound in a song. We then listened to music which combined different patterns of rhythm such as ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ by Rimsky-Korsakov, discussing whether they thought the rhythm was made up of long or short notes for each song played. We then discovered that the words in a song are called the lyrics.
The children then created their own rhythm by combining slower and faster stomps. They started by stomping four times and then attempted to double this to eight stomps within the same time frame. We then heard the ‘Do the funky elephant walk song’, and the children stomped once for the word ‘stomp’, twice for the word ‘stompy’ and used their arm as an elephant trunk for ‘do the funky elephant walk’.
The children then used this knowledge to create their own rhythms, they drew one foot for a stomp and two feet to represent the two stomps in ‘stompy’ on a whiteboard. The children then showed their music to the rest of the class and they attempted to make the correct sounds by tapping their thighs or stomping their feet.
This morning Year 1 had a dodgeball tournament with Year 2. Mrs Powell explained the rules to the children and then put them into teams. The children took it in turns to play matches, cheering each team on. The children had a fantastic time engaging in a new type of competiton in PE!
This half term our focus in PSHE is keeping ourselves safe. This week we have focused on what is safe and not safe to put into our mouths and why. We explored lots of house hold objects and had discussions around why they are safe or not. We talked about some items being safe for adults but not children. We then focused on a picture of a typical kitchen with lots of household items in. The children had to colour the items that were safe to eat in green and those that were not in red.