Spring collection

Geography In geography the children will be finding out where Australia is, what the landscape and climate is like as well as finding out about famous Australian land- marks. They will also be using maps to name and locate the continents and oceans in the world. PE During the first half term we will be focusing on multi skills and games. Following the half term break, dance will be the focus for our lessons in which we will be looking at Aboriginal dancing! Please ensure that your child has the correct kit in school and that it is clearly named. Computing The children will be practising and improving their keyboard skills and will be looking at using technology to take good photographs related to Australia. They will learn how to use programs to store, retrieve and manipulate their photographs. Music The children will be taught the language of music through playing instruments and will be applying key musical elements such as pulse, rhythm and pitch. They will be working together as a group and will be encouraged to develop their creativity through improvising and composing.


The focus will be on explanation texts and traditional stories in the first half of the term, followed by poetry and instructions in the second half. The children will start by learning a text entitled ‘How Rocket Shoes Work‘ and they will spend time looking at the features that are needed to create a good explanation text. This should lead them nicely into creating their own explana- tion text! ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ will be the focus for our traditional story which will provide the children with the skills they need to write their own traditional tale. We look forward to reading these! Discrete lessons will also be taught covering spelling, use of punctuation and correct grammar (SPaG) as well as developing their comprehension skills. The children will be encouraged to apply these skills across the curricu- lum. There will be a focus on methods that can be used to solve division and apply this knowledge with the related multiplication facts. The children will be identifying and describing the properties of both 2D and 3D shapes. The children will also be taught to recognise, find, name and write fractions including '⁄з, ¼, ²/ 4 and ¾ of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity. We will also be concentrating on Statistics where the children will be showing and interpreting information in different ways such as tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. There will also be the opportunity to use units of meas- ure such as centimetres and metres when discussing and comparing length and height. Throughout the term, the children will have the opportunity to use practical re- sources to develop their understanding of mathematical concepts and encouraged to provide reasons for their thinking. The children will be finding out about living things and their habitats. Time will be spent looking at how we know whether something is living, non-living or was once alive. We shall be exploring desert, woodland, ocean and rain- forest habitats as well as finding out about the Australi- an plants and animals that live there. Maths Science

A Different place in the world -Australia. Living things & their habitats & Australian arts & culture. This topic is all about Australia and where it is in the world. We shall look at living things and their habitats, including both plants and animals and spend time learning about Australian arts and their culture.


We shall be learning how to sketch an Australian animal and how they can be brought to life using different techniques. Following the half term break, we will also spend time finding out about and replicating Aboriginal art.


We will discuss the significance of Australia Day in the past and present day. The significance of the different parts of the Australian and Aboriginal flags will also be covered. RE We will have the opportunity to find out about the holy books for Muslims, Christians and Sikhs: (the Qur’an, the Bible and the Guru Granth Sahib ). We will also be visiting the Mosque to provide the children with the opportunity to explore the features of a mosque and how it is used by Muslims.

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