Spring Term 2020

Tuesday 25th February 2020
Spring must be on its way ... surely?!
 
This half term, our topic is 'Cracking Contraptions' and we will be using Wallace and Gromit style contraptions to help us write explanation texts about how (and why) they work. This is a formal, non-fiction writing style and so we will be learning about technical vocabulary, expanding our nouns with precise detail and using the passive voice!
 
Our science learning ties in nicely as we will be studying forces (after completing our work on the properties of materials). We will be exploring pulleys, levers and cams and using these to design and create our own machines. Junk modelling materials will be useful if you have any - cereal boxes, doweling rods, yoghurt pots, string etc.
 
Swimming continues for another couple of sessions on a Monday afternoon.
 
Please see parent letters and topic webs attached below for more information and feel free to pop in to ask any additional questions!

Mrs Jukes
 
6th January 2020
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break.
 
This term we are going to be learning about 'The Terrible Tudors' with a particular focus on some of the events which happened during the reign of Elizabeth I. However, we have started right at the beginning with the War of the Roses and the Battle of Bosworth. We had a re-enactment on the school playground - Maple Class (the victorious Henry Tudor's) army battled Beech Class (Richard III's army) and Nicole was crowned 'King' of England! We then created comic strips to retell the story. Next we will learn about Henry VIII and his (many) wives before moving onto Elizabeth I and the focus of our learning: The Spanish Armada.
 
At the end of this half term, we have our residential to Magdalen Farm. I have just received more information about this and so will get the kit list out ASAP. I have been told that piglets were born at Christmas and that the goats are expecting, due February! EXCITING!
 
Please see below for term letter and our topic web which will give you more detail about what we are learning this term.