This half term we will be using Rudyard Kipling’s story The Jungle Book to inspire our learning.
In Literacy we will be writing diaries in the role of Mowgli and his adventures with his animal friends in the jungle. We will move on to letter writing and write as young Rudyard Kipling sending a letter home to his mother in India.
Our Jungle Book theme will also link to our History and Geography topics this half term. We will look at the location and culture of India where The Jungle Book is set and at the life of Rudyard Kipling himself.
In Science for the first half term we will be looking at light and shadow. We will cover; where light comes from and why we need it to see, what a reflection is and how they are formed, how shadows are made and use our enquiry skills to investigate patterns in shadow size.
PE this half term will be on Mondays. Please can children bring their kit ready in a named drawstring bag. The PE kit will be sent home on Friday.
Children will also be going swimming on a Thursday morning from November 30th to February 8th.
Every Monday, children will be tested on any 6 of the 14 given spellings we have been learning during the week. The new spellings will also be sent home to practise on a Monday.
Children will have the new spellings in their blue spelling book. You can see their tests and their marks at the back of their spelling books.
In order to support the children’s reading, we ask children to read at least three times a week and record this in their planner. Three signatures in the children’s planner, earns them a gotcha and the chance to choose a book in the weekly draw.
Fortnightly on Fridays, during their maths lessons, children do a ‘Big Maths Beat That Learn Its’ and 'CLIC' tests. This has been set as a homework task on a Friday for children to complete and practise in order to beat their previous score in the following week’s test.
Children will be let know if they have improved from their previous score through the Marvelous Me App.
Half Term to Christmas we covered the topic 'Lights Camera Action'.
We put on our Christmas production The Wind in the Willows.
Our Literacy was linked to the story of Wind in the Willows. We wrote our own play scripts and practised using direct speech from this.
Nearer Chritsmas we again used the story as a stimulus to practise using a variety of sentence openers in our own narratives as well as adding descriptions of characters and settings.
In Science we focused on using our investigation skills and conducted several season related inquiries. We started by identifying and classifying Autumn leaves and seeds then move on to conducting a fair test into thermal insulators.
September till Half Term have covered the topic 'Up your street' where we investigated our local history.
We started by using photographs to study what Thirsk used to be like years ago. On our school trip (September 25th) we walked the ‘Past and Present walk’ in Thirsk and Sowerby, looking at historic sites such as Thirsk Castle, Pudding Pie Hill and Mill Gate. We finished our topic exploring the history of our school, using lots of artefacts such as the old log books and learn about what a Victorian school day would be like.
Our Literacy was strongly linked with our local history topic. The children wrote persuasive pieces of writing for Thirsk Tourist Information to encourage people to come and visit. We also read James Herriot’s Stories and focused on the amazing vocabulary he used when describing characters and settings.
In Science we looked at the digestive system. (Which involved a very hands on experience!) The children also learnt about teeth and identifying that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition.