Half term information Spring 2 2022

This term we have been learning about China, including the physical and human characteristics of the country. We have enjoyed the texts The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Phillip Pullman and Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain by Margaret Bateson-Hill. The topic produced some fantastic writing, including a character description and the children’s own version of a Chinese folk tale.

The children really enjoyed producing our Year 5 production, ‘Olivia’, which was based on our topic from last half term – The children who built Victorian Britain. Parents and children alike have really enjoyed watching the production online, which has been lovely to hear.

We have continued to embrace the wonderful teaching resource Power Maths this half-term alongside Maths Whizz, which the whole school are now enjoying. The children have really enjoyed covering aspects of fractions and decimals, and especially loved creating some fantastic tessellations using Penrose tile patterns. In Science we have been studying lifecycles, which included comparing the gestation periods of different animals.

The children really enjoyed gymnastics with Mrs Field, in which the children produced some brilliant paired compositions. We spent some time practising our football and rugby skills outside, and will continue with this next half term.  

Children’s comments about their learning:

 

Mason: “I enjoyed it when we had a whole day of PE including rugby, football, Tai Chi, and gymnastics.”

Kieran: “I enjoyed most about this half term was the PE day and maths day – fractions and decimals.”

Caoilinn: “I really liked practising for our production and watching it with my family.”

Maisie: “I enjoyed the production and PE day most this half term and learning about China.”

Anika: “I enjoyed doing the rehearsals for the production and loved PE day.”

Useful website links to continue learning at home:

Our topic for the coming term is Ancient Greece, for which these websites may provide some support:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z87tn39   

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Greece.html

https://kids.britannica.com/students/article/ancient-Greece/274648   

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