Summer 2021 1st half

We began this term by looking at images from the story ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ to help us write our shape poems about an animal from the Amazon rainforest. We used a range of figurative language to write this descriptive shape poem. As well as this, we watched the beginning of the film ‘Rio’ and we wrote a balanced argument on whether Blu should return to Rio de Janerio with Tulio to save his species, or to stay with his owner Linda!  This half term we will be writing non-chronological reports about famous landmarks in Brazil and we will also write our own narrative based on the story ‘How the Brazilian Beetle Got it’s Coat.’

Maths in the Spring Term began with an exploration of multiplication and division. We learnt how to use the grid method to solve 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication problems (we started by using counters and then moved in to using digits). In division, we learnt how to use sharing and grouping to divide a 2-digit by a 1-digit number. We then learnt about money, specifically; how to convert pounds to pence and vice versa, how to add and subtract money and how to give change. A unit followed this on statistics where we interpreted and drew both pictograms and bar charts. Our final topic before returning to school was length in which we learnt all about measuring using metres, centimetres and millimetres. To end the term we will be looking at how to measure and calculate the perimeter of a shape. Additionally, we will recap everything we have learnt over the January to March lockdown and begin our topic of fractions.

We began our Science learning last term looking at plants. We learnt about the different parts of a plant and what their functions are. We also found out what plants need to grow and how this can vary from plant to plant. We enjoyed investigating how water is transported through a plant’s stem. This term we continued our learning all about plants by thinking about a plant’s life cycle, seed formation and seed dispersal.

We have really been enjoying our learning in Geography this term. We began by developing our locational knowledge. We can now locate the position of the equator, world continents and countries in South America (and lots more too!) We looked at the physical and human features of Brazil and will soon be comparing these with the physical and human features of the UK.

In History we moved onto learning about the Bronze Age. We firstly discussed what bronze is and why the period is named after it. We have been and will continue to look at changes between the Stone Age and the Bronze Age, for example: food, shelter and jobs.

This term we are also looking forward to becoming engineers in DT by designing and constructing bridges. As well as thinking about what kind of world Jesus would have wanted in our RE learning.