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What if...? (Spring 1)

Building Bridges - Leisure Box Trip

We had a great time at Leisure Box, meeting our friends from Wheatley Lane. We took part in games focusing on teamwork and would like to say a big thank you to the Building Bridges staff for making it all happen.

English

Our topic this half-term is 'What If...?'. As a progression from last year's work on traditional tales, we are reading traditional tales with a twist - stories with alternative endings, for example.

Our key text is Mr Wolf and the Three Bears by Jan Fearnley. We have used the text to describe all the delicious-looking food that Mr Wolf made for Baby Bear's birthday party, and we have written descriptions for the main characters in the story. We have explored the different characters’ feelings and personalities by writing letters and used the main plot to write our own innovated versions of the story. 

To finish our unit, we will make some party food and write instructions so you can follow our recipes - We hope you will like them!

Follow the link below to Jan Fearnley’s website:

https://www.janfearnley.com/

Maths

In maths, we will cover place value, measures (mass, volume and capacity), addition and subtraction, money, and multiplication and division. We will look at scales and use our place value knowledge to identify missing numbers, and learn to round numbers to the nearest 10. Using jottings, we will learn how and when to exchange when adding or subtracting. We will use coins to make values in different ways, adding values together to find the total cost of items and calculate how much we would have left to spend if we had a given amount and had spent some. We will explore arrays in multiplication and sharing in division. 

Science

Our topic in science this half-term is Living Things and their Habitats. We will continue to study this topic in the second half of the Spring term.

We began by recapping what we remember from Year 1 by naming and classifying different animals. We will then look at the processes of living things (MRS GREN!) and compare things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will look at how energy is transferred between living things and described simple food chains. 

Art

In art, we are studying William Morris; a textile designer from London who was born in 1834. We have explored his use of nature in his artwork and used view-finders to ‘zoom in’ on his designs. To support our science learning on living things, we have looked closely at different leaves and created designs that we turned into stampers. We made our stampers using foam and used them to make repeating-pattern prints using paint. We explored how to make the best prints possible and experimented with different colours and shades.

Follow the link below to find out more about William Morris:

https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/william-morris-and-wallpaper-design

Geography

Our geography learning this half-term is linked to our English topic of traditional tales. We began by using AI software on the iPads to create fairytale landscapes and sorting the human and physical features we found. We decided which features we should include in our own fairy tale lands and created maps, including symbols in a key. We will use our maps to show how characters could move between the features, using compass points to describe the routes. 
Follow the link below to create your own worlds using AI:

https://skybox.blockadelabs.com/

RE

The religion we are learning about in RE is Hinduism, and the practices of Hindu worship. We will think about devotion and explore what and who we are devoted to. We will discuss the different ways we show our devotion and the things that are special to ourselves. We will talk about the different ways we can show gratitude and respect to the people who really matter to us.
After studying Hindu deities, we will discuss why they are portrayed the way they are. We will look at the ritual of Hindu worship and learn about the different items on the puja tray and compare prayer at home with prayer at a mandir. 
Follow the link to learn more about Hinduism:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwv8q6f

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