Half term information Spring 2 2023

We stepped into the shoes of Ernest Shackleton following the treacherous journey he endured with his crew in Antarctica. The children role played the recruitment process, writing letters of application and being interviewed for positions on the ship by Shackleton. After learning the events of the expedition, they wrote 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. To complete the unit, the children wrote an innovated version of events in the form of their own story.

In science this term the children learnt all about light, including proving that it can only travel in a straight line, how it reflects of surfaces, and the effect water has on it. In maths, we completed the decimals and percentages units, moving onto area and perimeter of different shapes, including compound shapes.

One of the highlights of the half term for the children was the afternoon spent creating their own energy bars, including packaging with nutritional information.

In PE the children really enjoyed orienteering and developing their skills in a variety of athletic events, with the relay races being a particular highlight.

Quotes from children:


Ben: “This half term PE was really fun; I enjoyed learning how to do orienteering and learning some Olympic events.”


Maisie: “I have enjoyed maths this half term, especially fraction Friday and the fraction jokes.”


Abi: “I enjoyed orienteering and making energy bars, which tasted really good.”


Ali: “I really enjoyed algebra, which I found really interesting.”

Useful website links to continue learning at home Spanish:

https://www.vocabexpress.com/home/ and www.linguascope.com SPAG definitions: https://www.satscompanion.com/spag-ks2-sats/

BBC SPAG: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f


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/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-information-for-parents


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