During the Spring term in Literacy we read ‘There’s a Lion Inside’ and ‘There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes.’ We wrote character descriptions, a missing poster and a story where our characters collected tokens to win another animal. We began to work on inference questions first by looking at pictures and trying to identify clues which help us to understand what is happening.
In Maths we continued to work on our place value and addition and subtraction work in Autumn term through 5 a day. We began to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times table including related facts and investigated the commutative law. Children were able to prove which numbers were divisible by 2, 5 and 10 times table using arrays to explain their thinking.
In History, we continued our learning about the Great Fire. We recapped our learning already but also used sources from Samuel Pepys’ diary to further our knowledge. We investigated which sources would be helpful to inform us about what happened during the 5 days in 1666. We began to think about what happened to London after the Great Fire and how things changed including the rebuilding of houses using stone and brick and the introduction of the fire service.
In Geography we looked at the weather patterns in St Helens. Looking at the weather for 2019 and what we can learn. We found a few things that shocked us including that the most rain fell in August 2019! We decided when the best time was to go on a camping trip. We also looked at the weather forecast for a day in January and thought about what we can learn from the daily weather. This information will be used again to compare with Australia in our new topic which we will start in Spring 2.
In art we began our topic on Aboriginal art. We did some research and explored some examples of aboriginal art. We discussed the ‘earthy’ colours used in the artwork and experimented with paint to try and recreate these colours. Children began to annotate their work in order to be able to make decisions for their own final piece.
In Music this term children used percussion instruments to create their own simple score. They chose which notes to use a crochet, semi crochet, quaver or a rest. The children then performed for the class and the children tried to identify the notes they were playing.