Spring Term

Spring Term
Welcome back to school after a well deserved Christmas break. 
Science- 
LO- To know how to describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials. 
 
In Science we continued our work on materials. We talked about the properties of materials. Children worked in groups to use scientific language to describe materials according to their properties- hard, soft, stretchy, stiff, shiny, dull, smooth, rough, transparent, opaque. We then investigated and sorted the materials together. 
Geography
LO- To know how to use atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom.
 
This term we will be learning about where we live. this week we have been looking at our world on Google Earth. We learned about the countries which make up the United Kingdom. We had a go at finding the United Kingdom on a globe and then in atlases. 
We then had a go at labelling the different countries independently. 
Art
LO- To know about the work of a famous artist- Mondrian
 
This term we are learning about our class artist- Mondrian. We have been looking at the work of Mondrian and we have been learning about his life. Mondrian was a Dutch artist who lived over one hundred years ago. He liked to use primary colours and basic shapes to create his pieces of work. We used our sketch books to display our learning. 
Art
LO: To mix explore colour mixing
 
We used water colour paint to learn about the primary colours. Mondrian used primary colours in his paintings. 'Primary colours can't be made'. We made a colour wheel using the three primary colours and then had a go at creating the three secondary colours by mixing. 
Maths
LO- To order numbers
 
We had a lot of fun ordering numbers. We played lots of practical games to embed our learning. 
Library Time
Each week on Wednesday afternoon we enjoy our class library time. 
RE
LO: To have knowledge about special religious days
In our RE lessons we have been learning about special days. We learned about Christianity and at Christmas time we thought about the story of Christmas. We thought about ways in which Christmas is celebrated and why Christmas is important to Christians around the world. We also learned about Islam. We talked about Eid. We learned about why Eid is celebrated by Muslims and how it is celebrated around the world. This week we talked about what it means to be Sikh. We talked about Diwali which is a festival celebrated by Sikh and Hindu families. Diwali is the festival of light and we enjoyed making diva pots out of clay as part of our learning. 
Oracy
We have enjoyed sharing our talking rules this week during our oracy lessons. 
English
LO: To retrieve information from a text
We have been reading the story of Katie in London by James Mayhew. To secure our understanding of the text we have done a variety of activities. Today the children looked at pictures from the text and and answered comprehension questions verbally in groups. The children enjoyed reading the questions and talking about the answers.