Whittlebury Class 2, Miss Dicks and Miss Noctor
Welcome to Spring term 1!
Our focus for this term will be on stories that carry tension. Our model text will revolve around the captivating adventure story, 'Varjak Paw.' Children will delve into techniques for incorporating tension into their writing, crafting their own 'heart-thumping' tales.
This term in mathematics, Year 3 will cover length, mass, and volume, while continuing to reinforce their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Year 4 will focus on graphs and fractions, also continuing to reinforce their skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Within our weekly Fluency sessions, we aim to increase our children's speed, precision and accuracy when working within the four pillars of mathematics: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division.
Science and D&T
Our topic this term is forces and magnets. The children will be exploring various forces and developing their understanding about what forces are. They will be finding out about how magnets attract and repel certain materials and will be carrying out investigations.
Our DT for the whole Spring term, is to make a Sling Shot Car. Our designs will be influenced by the concept of air resistance and we will develop our understanding of kinetic energy.
In History this Spring, our focus will be on World History and will examine the influences and historical significance of the Ancient Egyptians upon the wider world. The children will learn when and from where the Egyptians originated. They will also study the culture and customs of the Egyptians further by investigating the construction of the pyramids, the process of mummification and what the Book of the Dead reveals about life and death in Ancient Egyptian society.
Art and Design
In Art, we will be following the pathway called 'The Art of Display.' In this pathway, children begin to consider two very important aspects of creating art: context and presentation. They will be exploring the artists Anthony Gormley, Yinka Shonibare and Thomas J Price.
Religious Education (RE)
In RE, we will be exploring the story of creation. We will be looking at what this story means to Christians. We will also look at how we might apply lessons from the story to our own lives in how we look after the planet.
One of the highlights of this term will be our dance sessions, which will take place every Wednesday; run by Rhino Sports, which promise to be both educational and a lot of fun for the kids.
We will continue to use Class Dojo to keep you all up-to-date with all of our learning, and to reward the children for their learning and their behaviour!
You are of course, as always, welcome to pop in with any questions or queries.
Our topic map for the half-term ahead can be found below.
Miss Dicks & Miss Noctor