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A look back at Summer 1

A look back at a very busy 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 time work; then completed work on decimals and area and perimeter -  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.


Our art sessions were focused on the artist David Hockney, we studied his work and then produced our own pictures in the style of David Hockney!.


In RE we explored Hinduism through the question - How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?



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 xylophones 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 posters, team games and creating our well being token!