Half Term Information Spring 1 2022

This term we have been learning about children in Victorian times, including the awful jobs they had to endure and the games they used to play. Our core text, ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty, fitted the topic perfectly and enabled the children to get fully immersed in their learning by considering what life was really like for Jim Jarvis – a real Victorian street child. The topic produced some fantastic writing, including a letter the children wrote in character as Jim, to his friend back at the work house. We celebrated the topic with an action packed WOW day, when the children came dressed in period outfits and undertook Victorian themed activities all day, including baking Victoria sponge cakes.

We have continued to embrace the wonderful teaching resource Power Maths this half-term. The children have really enjoyed covering aspects of multiplication, division and fraction. In Science we have been studying properties and changes of materials, including dissolving, separating materials and irreversible changes. This included testing how different coverings effected the speed ice melted in containers.

The children really enjoyed both aspects of PE, with netball taking place outside, and dance inside.

Children’s comments about their learning:

 

Sofia P: “I really enjoyed the Victorian WOW day, especially making the mini Victoria sponge cakes.”

Bradley: “I enjoyed developing your friendships and loved improving in maths.”

Michaela: “I really enjoy PE last half term, especially the netball. I also loved the Victorian WOW day.”

Rory: “I liked learning about the Victorian workhouses and making the most of my new Maths Whizz account, which has really helped with my maths.”

Useful website links to continue learning at home

Our topic for the coming term is A Chinese Odyssey, for which these websites may provide some support: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhnt7nb https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/china https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/china

Others to be used for starting conversations about learning include: https://www.whizz.com/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround http://primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/search/index.htm

https://purplemash.com/sch/monkfield