Welcome to Merlins Class.
Our Topic for the Spring Term is ‘Extreme Earth’ and throughout this term we will focus on developing our Geographical knowledge and understanding. We will be learning about longitude and latitude, which links to climate zones. We will also research, and describe biomes. Canada will be our focus country, with our aim to find out about the physical and human features of this North American country. We will also learn about the eight points of a compass, alongside reading grid references on Ordnance Survey maps.
We will also be focusing on building and developing our skills and knowledge across the STEM subjects and we are hoping we will get the chance to participate in some exciting STEM workshops. Throughout out Science lessons we will be learning about light and how we see objects. We will also learn about electricity and carry out investigations with the circuit kits. Science week takes place in the spring term which we will be celebrating. During our Computing lessons we will learn how to use logical reasoning to explain how algorithms work. We will also learn how to use selection and variables in our own algorithms. In Design and Technology, we are looking forward to our cookery competition, alongside learning about seasonality/ where our food comes from.
In Maths, we will focus on building and strengthening our knowledge of: multiplication and division; algebra; ratio and proportion; fractions, decimals and percentages; and measures, including how to convert measure and calculate area, perimeter and volume.
In English, we will develop our descriptive language by writing and creating an ebook about a storm. We will be using our geography knowledge to write an explanation and persuasive text. We will also be completing some writing tasks based on the book ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell.
We will be developing our drawing and sketching techniques in Art by sketching different biomes and designing totem poles. In Music we will listen to range of Music from different genres as well as developing our understanding of the history of music.
During PSHE and Online Safety we will learn about Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle. We will also cover Relationship and Sex Education. We will learn about what cyber bullying is and what we can do if we feel we or someone we know is being cyberbullied. We will also celebrate Safer Internet Day
You will not need to bring your PE kits to school but you can wear your PE kits on our PE days.
Homework will be set at the start of the term on Seesaw. Children can upload their work to Seesaw at the end of the term or as they finish each task. If you would prefer a paper copy of the homework please contact the school to arrange this. Children will receive rewards for completed homework tasks.
You can support us by listening to your child read regularly, helping them learn their times tables and practicing their spellings. Children will receive a reward and a raffle ticket each time they read at home (you can sign their link book or they could upload a photo/video to Seesaw). Children can become ‘Maths Champions’ and receive a special pencil when they know all the times tables and division facts up to 12x12 and are able to use them to solve a variety of problems. Children will also receive rewards for doing well in their spellings.
We look forward to learning lots of new and interesting things this term!