Spring is in the air and we have lots to look forward to. The spring term is short and we have a lot to pack into this term. Here are just a few of the things we have in store...
The main focus for us will be a special project we are going to run with Tullie House to create a ‘pop-up’ museum in school based on the Egyptians. The children will visit Tullie House and find out how museums are run and then we will set up our own mini-museum in school featuring a range of the children’s work, artefacts, games and much more. This is a great opportunity for the children to get to grips with the topic and hopefully achieve an Arts Award for their efforts.
Dates for your diaries;
22nd Jan - Tullie House assembly in class
12th Feb - Workshop at Tullie House (Packed lunch required).
25th March - Pop-up Egyptian museum in school – All families are welcome from 2.30pm onwards.
In Literacy we are starting with poetry and creating a story in the style of Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo.
We will then be looking in detail at ‘The Green Ship’ by Quentin Blake. This is an adventure story which will really stretch the children’s imagination. We will have a special focus on characters trying to bring our own characters to life when we are writing descriptions with emotions.
We are also focusing on reading for enjoyment and encouraging the children to read a range of titles and discuss them during our Guided Reading sessions.
In numeracy this term, we will continue learning our times tables, with lots of mental maths challenges and periodically, we will have a timed test. Please keep practising with your children at home...practise makes perfect!! Mathletics is great for this and we have also now got access to Times Tables Rockstars where the children can work specifically on their times tables. Please encourage your child to go onto the websites and have a go at the different topics. Can they get their Silver and Gold certificates? Congratulations to those of you who already have but don't stop there.
This term we will be looking at a range of topics including area and perimeter, multiplication, fractions and decimals.
In Science we will focus on two different topics, forces and electricity.
Forces focuses on friction and we will investigate how different surfaces create different levels of friction and look at the effects this will have. We will also have a look at air and water resistance and the children will have opportunities to create their own tests.
In electricity we a fantastic ‘Bright Sparks Electricity Day’ when will be making different circuits using light bulbs, sound buzzers and motors. We begin with the question ’Where does electricity come from?’ and how we generate and use electricity. We will also be looking at the dangers associated with electricity in and around the home.
Using the Come and See materials, we will be looking at three main areas this term; Community, giving and receiving and self-discipline. We will start to understand the roles of different people within our community and see how their jobs enhance our lives, not just from the point of view of the Church but all those who care for others.
Looking at how and why our Church community comes together leads us onto our second topic about giving and receiving, especially in the context of mass. The children will have the opportunity to understand better the different parts of the mass and why they are celebrated. We will deepen our understanding of the different parts of the mass and try to create links between them and the Bible. We especially focus on the travels and teaching of the Apostles, especially the letters they wrote, for example St Paul's letter to the Corinthians.
Finally we look at self-discipline and how it should be part of our lives. Whilst it may be hard to complete, we look at the benefits and opportunities that arise for us as Christians around Lent. We look at how Christians prepare for Easter and the events that are celebrated.
In PE we will be working with the PE coaches from Carlisle United and looking at Dance. In the second half term we will be playing football, trying to build on the skills we learnt during the Autumn term for attacking and defending.
As you can see we have a lot to pack into this term. It should be fun and I’m really looking forward to setting up our own museum!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come in and see either myself or Mrs McGlasson.