Half Term Information Spring 2 2023

Wow what a journey! We have done a whistle stop tour around the world in Topic work, having explored the seven continents, their countries, capital cities as well as, some of the main man-made and physical features present in each, we then celebrated our own cultures in style during International Week. The children looked fantastic when they came dressed in their traditional clothes and really made an effort to listen and learn lots from the visitors we had that week.


Our English study was weaved through our journey and centred on our reading of James and the Giant Peach. We have done lots of research, made notes, written letters, non-chronological reports and narratives. We have polished our use of inverted commas, worked on lots of ways to add description such as similes, metaphors, adverbs and fronted adverbials. The children enjoyed the links to art as we learned about Quenten Blake and his style of illustrations.


In Science and Maths the children loved experimenting with equipment and getting hands on with magnets and measuring tools. The children particularly enjoyed testing the impact different surfaces had on the speed of a toy car and participating in a BBC live lesson about forces. Building fraction walls and learning about equivalent fractions proved very useful when we moved on to reading scales and learning about mass. The children are really enjoying making links between each curriculum area that we cover.

Children’s comments about their learning:


Anna from Dorado said, “This half term, I have enjoyed our art because we learned about Quinten Blake. Once I tried to draw the other half of James and the Giant Peach picture, which links to our English.”


Zachary from Columba said, “I have loved fractions in maths which was challenging and PE because we got to create our own games to play.”


Monika from Columba said, “I enjoyed doing art, maths, RE and Spanish. I like Spanish because I get to learn a different language.”


Arthur from Dorado said, “This half term, I enjoyed reading James and the Giant Peach. I also enjoyed doing Times Tables Rock Stars and definitely learning about countries and continents.”


Emily from Dorado said, “I’ve enjoyed reading, planting, science, art and English because they were all really fun and exciting so I really enjoyed those lessons at school. I also enjoyed computing about data bases.”