It has been a rather different Spring Term for all of the children in Woodpeckers. It has been fantastic to have everyone back for the last 4 week of the term. The children were fantastic and settled back into the school routine brilliantly. It was lovely to see predominantly happy faces on the first day back.
Our topic was 'What's it like to live in Brazil?'. We all thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Amazon Rainforest and our favourite part was learning about the different layers. We then created model rainforests and the children really showed off their creative skills.
We also linked our Topic learning to our English lessons. We researched deforestation and learnt about the pros and cons of it. We also took part in class debates where we put ourselves in the roles of people who want to save the rainforest and people who use the rainforest to survive. We discussed some of the moral dilemmas that surround deforestation and the children were fantastic. We also produced an extended piece of writing in the form of a balanced argument.
In Maths at the beginning of the term we worked on fractions before moving on to Position and Direction objectives. The class spent time working on symmetry, coordinates and translation. The children in Woodpeckers really enjoyed working on co-ordinates and challenging their friends to games of battleships using their knowledge.
In Science this term we looked at the topic of Electricity. We had many opportunities to create circuits using a range of equipment. We loved the energy balls in our class and we were enjoying creating human circuits.
To end the term we had our termly RE day. We looked at the symbol of the cross more in depth. We looked at the Easter story and what the cross means to Christians. We also enjoyed creating our own cross art work.
We cannot wait for Summer Term.
What a brilliant first term back in school for us all! It has been delightful to see smiling faces coming through the door each morning despite feeling, for some of us, very nervous! Woodpeckers have approached the new school year with a huge spring in their step and they have all made a fantastic start to the school year.
We began the year recapping our place value knowledge, stretching ourselves in understanding 4 digit numbers in Year 4 and up to 6 digit numbers in Year 5. We have used this to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 which has consolidated our understanding of number lines as well. Following this, we have also developed our understanding on column addition and subtraction! Applying this knowledge to word problems and solving challenges along the way!
English has been brilliant this term! We began by watching the short film 'Ruckus' where two brothers, Frank and Jesse, hijack a train to steal a valuable ruby. We designed wanted posters which described one of the brothers and hoped that someone would identify them so they could be caught!
We then used our Guided Reading text, Kensuke's Kingdom as our stimulus for writing a variety of poems. We thought about different types of poetry including Haiku and Tanka poems which use a certain amount of syllables. Our poems have been collated into our own anthology which we can read in our classroom.
In science, we have been exploring the environment around us discussing the positives and negatives! We have investigated the wooded areas to see what creatures we could find and identify and will continue this throughout the year to observe how this environment changes. We have looked at how humans can have a negative impact on our environment but also the changes we can make to improve it! Over the year we will make a hedgehog highway to ensure that hedgehogs have enough room and a bug hotel!
Our topic has compared where we live in and around South Wonston to Bologna in Italy. We compared our daily lives to children in Bologna and also identified both physical and human features of both areas. By unanimous decision, most of us would rather live in Italy. Although we identified that our lives were quite similar it was hard to ignore the weekend ski trips that some of the children in Bologna went on!
We have focused on our school community this term and how our actions affect others around us. We discussed as a class rewards and consequences and what we enjoyed about being in school environment. We also thought about some of the things we would like to see in our classroom.
Thanks to our fantastic music teacher, Mr Jones, we have been learning the guitar! We have mastered how to hold the guitar and have now been focusing on learning particular notes. We are confident with playing a basic tune and ensuring that we stay at the same rhythm.
In art this half term we looked at the work of Ken Done. We were blown away by some of his landscapes of his native Australia! We then had a go at creating our own landscapes of the school. We think some of them are good enough to be put in the Tate modern!
It really has been a busy term! But we have loved every second. We can't wait to see what new learning and fun Autumn 2 will bring us!