In English, we have continued reading the Iron Man. We learnt that the Iron Man had destroyed and eaten much of the farmers’ machinery. We inferred how they must be feeling about this, and decided that a persuasive letter needs to be written from the perspective of the farmers in order for something to be done to get rid of the Iron Man. After carefully examining the features of a persuasive letter, we drafted and wrote our letters to inform the councillors of what has happened and to consider the farmers’ idea of digging a hole to capture the Iron Man.
Later when the Iron Man was allowed in to the metal scrapyard, we wrote a short sound poem based on the sounds that would be heard there.
We also wrote a second persuasive letter to King Charles or the prime minister or the manager of a business, regarding the state of plastic in the oceans, and urging them to do something about this.
In Maths, we have looked at what an angle is and making angles. We have classified shapes into those with angles and those that do not, and counted the number of angles. We have then been able to compare angles based on their size, and learnt about acute, obtuse and right angles. We have also learnt to identify lines based on whether they are perpendicular, parallel, horizontal and vertical. We have then used this knowledge to draw 2D shapes with certain properties. We have also learnt to identify 3D shapes.
We then continued looking at shape, and learnt how to calculate the perimeter of a rectangle, and then the perimeter of other rectilinear shapes.
Finally, we have been learning how to use bar models to support our understanding when answering word problems.
In Science, we have continued to learn about animals including humans. We have learnt about the functions of our skeleton and our muscles in our body, and learnt the names of different bones in the body. We have compared the muscles and bones in a human to those in other animals and been able to explain some of the differences.
In geography, we have been continuing looking at climate. We have considered where different places are in the UK, and why the south of the UK has a warmer climate than the north. We have also studied rainfall across the UK and found that higher lying places and those on the west coast are wetter than other places due to being closer to the ocean.
In Spanish, we have continued to learn about the seasons. We can name the seasons in Spanish, and talk about what happens in winter.
In computing, we have been studying 3D design. The children challenged themselves with being able to replicate 3D building designs. They looked at designing a city in 3D whilst having to think about design to ensure that it wouldn’t be able to flood. They then used a 3D designing website and they were very successful in using this to design tables and chairs in 3D.
In swimming, the children have continued to gain confidence in the water. They are really enjoying their swimming lessons and nearly all the children have been able to swim a short length using a noodle and armbands.
In PE the children have focused on their gymnastic skills. Over the half term the children were tasked with travelling across the floor and over apparatus using various actions and in role as different characters. Additionally the children also created links with a partner to create different sequences. This culminated in a gymnastic sequence which they then showcased to each other.
In design technology, the children have been working on developing their sewing skills. All the children were able to demonstrate a fantastic running stitch, and they have worked on developing their cross-stitch abilities. The children have all designed a cushion that will include a cross stitch design and an applique animal in felt. They are currently in the process of making their cushions.
In RE, we have been looking at how Sikhs show their commitment to God. We have discussed what it means to show commitment to something, and things that we have shown commitment to in our lives. We have then learnt about the 5K’s that Sikhs commit to and carry around with them at all times in order to show their respect and commitment to God.
In PSHCE, the children have been learning about relationships and changing me. We have learnt the names of baby animals and discussed some of the differences between baby animals and compared them to baby humans. We have also talked about what human babies need to live and grow, learning about how babies are looked after in the uterus, and how they need to be looked after once they are born.
This half term The Avengers have used our iLearn2 computer scheme to create and increase their knowledge of music. They have used the Chrome Music Lab Song Maker to look at scales, chords, rhythm and tempo. They then used Incredibox – which all children absolutely loved! This website builds up a mix using beat, effects, melodies and voices. The children drag and drop each symbol to experiment and compose music creations.