Half term information Spring 2 2022

We stepped into the shoes of Ernest Shackleton following the treacherous journey of him and his crew on the Endurance. We role played the recruitment process, writing letters of application and being interviewed for positions on the ship by Shackleton. The studied the events of the trip carefully, writing diary entries about what the crew did during the months their ship was stuck. The children were amazed by the actions of Shackleton and his crew and summarised the expedition in the form of a newspaper article at the end of the unit.

This term, we have been fascinated by our bodies and the role of blood in many different ways.  Investigations began by investigating the composition of blood through research before combining the four main components to create our own blood soup. The children also experimented with how different types of exercise can affect your heart rate. The unit was completed by creating their own anti-smoking campaigns, following on from research about this topic.

As well as this, during Maths we explored measurement in detail. First through area and perimeter of different shapes, including compound shapes before calculating with different types of imperial and metric measures. More recently, we have been revising our knowledge of different written methods of multiplication before applying these concepts in a variety of problem solving scenarios.

One of the highlights of the half term for the children was our DT unit centred on creating their own energy bars. We spent time tasting a variety of energy bars already on the market as well as taking time to examine the packaging of each bar. Following on from that, the children created their own energy bars complete with an individual recipe and custom packaging.

Quotes from children:

“I really liked how Shackleton went on adventures to explore the world; it was enjoyable being able to expand our knowledge on this topic. Their escape was a miracle which often gets overshadowed by other events.”  Niven

“Science was fun this half term, we did a lot of hands on activities and experiments. It was really interesting to find out how our heart rate can change when we do different activities.” James

“Our DT unit this half term was a lot of fun and quite unusual, the opportunity to bake was really good and I liked choosing my own toppings.” Aliona

“I have found maths this term very helpful, we have recapped a lot of topics which has made me feel a lot more confident than before.” Jaime

Useful website links to continue learning at home

Maths dictionary : http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/

Mathletics: http://uk.mathletics.com/

Spanish: https://www.vocabexpress.com/home/  and   www.linguascope.com 

SPAG definitions: https://www.satscompanion.com/spag-ks2-sats/

 

BBC SPAG: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/english/spelling_grammar/

 

Reading comprehension skills: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/reading

SATs information websites:

Scaled scores: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/scaled-scores-at-key-stage-2

Help for parents: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/534658/Information_for_parents_-_2016_NCT_results_at_the_end_of_key_stage_2.pdf

Spelling rules: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

Grammar appendix: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf