A look back at summer 1
This half term, in English, we completed our novel study on 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo. We thoroughly enjoyed this emotive story which led us on a journey through Africa, Wiltshire and France during the first World War. We ended this topic by writing our own stories based on a similar theme.
In science we have explored light and seeing, mirrors, reflection and the sun. We have conducted lots of experiments to support our learning and even designed our own sunglasses and hats to keep us safe from harmful UV rays. We are looking forward to completing our learning on our school trip to 20:21 where we will learn about shadows in a shadow puppetry workshop.
In maths we completed our fractions work; finding fractions of quantities, comparing fractions and recognising equivalent fractions. We have also explored angles, perpendicular and parallel lines in shapes through the maths mastery approach.
In spelling we have practised spellings using the sounds and syllables approach. We have focused on spelling patterns including words with the prefix 'dis' such as distance, words ending in 'l' spelt 'el' such as cancel and words ending in 'l' spelt 'le' such as available and word ending in the 'ue' sound such as avenue.
In grammar we have explored coordinating and subordinating clauses, expanded noun phrases, speech punctuation, pronouns and recapped word classes (nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives, adverbs and determiners) using the rainbow grammar approach.
In art we completed landscape and pool paintings in the style of David Hockney after studying this artist.
In RE we explored Hinduism through the question - How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?
In computing we played an online safety game called Band runner, designed by CEOP to help us learn how to keep safe online.
In music our learning focused around one song: Blackbird by the Beatles. We also appraised other songs by the Beatles including Yellow Submarine and Hey Jude. We developed our musical skills and understanding based on the Blackbird song and we really enjoyed learning the notes on the recorders and practising the rhythms with our voices.
In French we completed a unit of work is entitled Vive le sport which focused on making simple statements about activities, food and drink.
In PE we explored flight in gymnastics and completed our unit of work on net/wall games through tennis. We began practising throwing and jumping techniques in athletics.
Our PSHCE topic was entitled Relationships and we explored loss and remembering special times, people and pets. Our British value focus this half term was Mutual Respect.
In well-being time we have enjoyed making mindful jars and creating group pictures on large paper in the sunshine!