After a well deserved Christmas break, we are ready to start our Spring Term. We have a busy term ahead which includes our performance of our play ‘Darwin Rocks’, exciting visitors, space camp, Chinese New Year celebrations, places to visit…..the list could go on!
Have a look at some of the topics that we will be learning about.
Linking to our history topic we will be taking inspiration from ‘Stone Age Boy’ and will be writing our very own play script based upon it. We will be beginning to learn our lines for the upcoming Year 3 and 4 play “Darwin Rocks’ and will tie this into our literacy lessons.
We will also explore The Pebble in My Pocket by Meredith Hooper and The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein as we practise using exclamation and command sentences, conjunctions and different tenses.
Linking to our science topic in this second half, we will read ‘The Star Man and Me’ by Sharon Cohen, a story about a twelve-year-old boy, Kofi who first spots the prehistoric human on a supermarket roundabout. He is small and dark and curled into a tight ball. His name is Rorty Thrutch and he has zero memory of how he ended up in the unexceptional village of Bradborough, or why he’s being hunted…
Kofi soon finds out that Rorty can do amazing things. He can copy, paste and delete objects, using only the power of his mind. This is the discovery of the century and mad, greedy scientists will stop at nothing to track him down.
Kofi and best friend Janie are on a mission. Not only must they protect Rorty, but they have to find his missing girlfriend Pogsy Blue, too. Our prehistoric ancestors have crashed headlong into the 21st century and time is running out to save them…
In our first half of the term we will be continuing with the topic of multiplication and division. The children have now learned the Year 3 times tables which are 3, 4 and 8, these add to the ones that the children leaned in year 2 (2, 5 and 10). Times tables are very important and will be reviewed weekly throughout the year. Once we have completed this unit we will move onto money, followed by statistics.
There are two units this half term. The first is length and perimeter, followed by fractions.
In Science we will continue to use the scientific principles of observation, pattern seeking, classification, changes over time, and using resources. We will be exploring rocks during the first half of the term. Investigating which rocks are best for particular uses, exploring how rocks are made and how fossils are formed.
During the second half our the term we will be celebrating British Science Week and Space Camp with special whole school science days and space themed activities. These activities will allow us to build upon our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) learning, where we bring together the different subjects to find solutions.
During the first half of the term we will be studying ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’ and will be asking ourselves, ‘who were Britain’s first builders?’ The children will develop a stronger chronological knowledge and understanding of British History as they identify the tools that the Stone Age people used to build with. We will also explore Stone Age to Iron Age buildings.
In Geography we will ask ‘Is the landscape the same across the UK?’ Pupils will be able to identify key topographical features of the UK including physical features such as hills, mountains, coasts and rivers. We will use geographical information from maps, atlases, globes and will use a variety of maps (satellite images, physical features maps, political organisations maps, and OS maps).
In RE we will be finding out about where and when Muslims pray and why. We will explain what Wudhu is and why it is important to Muslims. We will investigate the significance of the prayer mat in Islamic prayer and explain the different movements of Salat.
During the second term we will be learning about Lent. Recalling the Easter story, focusing specifically on the events of Palm Sunday. We will question why Palm Sunday is such an important day within the Easter Story and explain the significance of the crowds shouts of “Hosana!”.
We will be learning how to perform an Argentinian Tango dance which will tie into our Year 3 ad 4 play. Mrs Miller will be practising our football with us each Thursday. Make sure to bring warm clothes to go over your Montalbo PE kit, as you may be outside.
During the second half of the term we hope that the weather will be beginning to improve and we can get outside more during our PE sessions. We will be practising our tennis skills along with gymnastics sessions.
Linking to our history topic, we will be creating clay caves, and producing cave art similar to that found in the caves of Lascaux.
We will also be producing natural printing inspired by the artist Angie Lewin. This will be inspired by our learning in RE about Palm Sunday.
Linking to our history topic we will be getting outside to use the fire pit in our heritage garden to explore how people during the Stone Age to Iron Age would have cooked. We will be contrasting this with modern age cookery.