Spring Term 2


Throughout this half term, we have been using equivalences between metric units and common imperial units and estimating, calculating and comparing volume. In our maths learning, we will also be using formal written methods to solve multi-step problems fo both addition and subtraction. Finally, we will tackling geometry - comparing and classifying different shapes based on their properties and sizes and calculate unknown angles. We will also distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. 



We have started our writing journey this term using Katherine Rundell's 'Rooftoppers' and are working towards writing a persuasive letter, ensuring that we choose the appropriate register. Through this formal letter written in the perspective of Charles Maxim, we will attempt to convince Martin Eliot to keep Sophie. We will also craft a first-person perspective of Sophie's journey. Finally, we will imitate the style of Joseph Coelho's poem, 'I am a writer'.


Our other text driver this term is linked to our history topic of the Mayans and is a book by David Wisniewski called 'Rain Player'. We will use the fictional narrative to write our own instructions for pok-a-tok. We will also craft a newspaper report, conduct debates and write an analytical essay.



Whilst we learn about the Mayans, we will be considering our enquiry question throughout: what have we learnt from the Mayans? We have already began to explore where and when the Maya built their civilisation and from this, we will make connections and look at what we have learnt from them today. We will also look at how their society was run, who made their decisions and who was in charge. As well as this, we will consider Mayan's beliefs and find out about what everyday life was like for the Mayan people.


Guided Reading

Our class read this term is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and this week, we have read looked at features of a book, more specifically the role of the blurb in invited us to read more and introducing the brief idea. We have also used evidence from the text to explain the author's language choices and selected and retrieved in order to answer comprehension questions about the narrative so far. We also considered the character of Lucy and how her internal feelings/emotions differ from the way she portrays herself to others in the text. As we continue reading the text, we will begin to think about the characterisation of the White Witch and how this shapes the reader's opinion of her.



In French, we will be writing our own stories based on the Hungry Caterpillar and revising vocabulary related to food.



Across the term, we will discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events. We will also resolve differences by looking at alternatives, making decisions and explaining choices. 



From previous learning, we are showing off our knowledge across multiple areas of computing. We will be designing a product, evaluating and adapting, debugging code, using a software programme  to design our product and then creating our own website and video adverts!



We have begun looking at how samsara is contextualised within Hinduism and explaining the value of it to Hindus and the issues raised on it.



We are continuing with our topic of sound this term and have explained how vibration causes sound. We are also going to investigate how the type of material affects how well it blocks sound.



We have begun to think about how dance music is created, focusing particularly on the use of loops. Throughout the half term, we will learn how to play a well-known song before putting a dance music spin on it to create our own versions!



Using Mayan artefacts as our subject, we will consider tone in our drawing and practise different shading techniques. We will then apply tone to a 3D objects when completing our own observational drawings of the artefacts.