Spring Term

Welcome Back

After almost 12 weeks of lockdown, we were finally back together as a class. It was great to see all our friends again. 

For our RE lessons, the focus was on Lent. We studied the ‘Last Seven Words of Jesus’ and produced art work for one of these. During Holy Week, we celebrated the ‘The Last Supper’, designed our own Stations of the Cross and an outside banner for Good Friday.

In English, we started our work on the poem The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Children recited the poem and explored the nonsense words. They produced their own non-chronological report about the Jabberwock, by using lots of interesting adjectives, similes and metaphors.  In our catch-up English lessons, we focused on using the correct punctuation, particularly for direct speech. 

In our Maths lessons, the main focus was on decimals. This included changing fractions to decimals, comparing decimals, rounding decimals, as well as adding and subtracting decimals. We continued with our daily mental maths lessons which covered all four operations. In our catch-up Maths lessons, we will used the NCETM video lessons. 

For topic work, we continued to study the Tudors in our history lessons.  Our Geography topic this term was Mountains. We began by identifying the major mountains of the world and UK. In Science we studied the properties and changes of materials. For computing, we used Kodu software to design our own 3D platform game. During French lessons we learnt how to order food and drinks. 

Music lessons continued with a focus on composition. 

Home Learning

Our main learning platform during lockdown was Purple Mash. I also posted  instructions and guidance on the class blog and on Facebook each day  (for your parents to view). The expectation was that pupils completed at least 3 hours of work every day: 1 hour of Maths, 1 hour of English and 1 hour of topic work e.g. Geography, History, Art.
 
We used some excellent pre-recorded maths lessons from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). There was a new Maths video lesson to watch each day and questions/activities to complete. Children photographed their finished work and uploaded this to Purple Mash so that feedback could be given.   I also added  additional activities from Purple Mash, as well as links to IXL. We had a great response to these videos and children (and their parents) found them to be really useful.
 
For English, pupils had to read a chapter of an online story each day and answer the comprehension questions. There was usually a writing task linked to the chapter too. We were able to give pupils individual feedback on their writing and suggest how it can be improved.
 
Spellings were uploaded to Spelling Shed and pupils were asked to practise their times tables on TTRockstars, along with some word work on Lexia or PowerUp. 
 
During the first half of Spring Term, we were kept busy – learning about inspirational people in our RE lessons, completing our history work on the Ancient Maya, designing and making bridges in Art and DT, learning how to talk about our hobbies and favourite sports in French, making our own games using coding software, mapping skills in geography, learning about different forces in science and taking part in Charanga music lessons. 
 
Below in the photo gallery, you can view just some of the excellent work children produced during lockdown.