Spring Term 2020 – Celebrating culture and diversity
Through our topic “Celebrating culture and diversity”, we will be developing our understanding that each individual in our wonderful world is unique, and recognising our individual differences.
Cultural celebrations foster respect and open-mindedness for other cultures . . . Not only do we become more aware, we gain a sense of pride for the diversity of our own culture. Understanding people and their backgrounds is crucial to personal and community growth. Because diversity makes the world go round!
In English, the children will begin the term looking at poetry. Initially, we will study Kenning poetry, where will be looking at diversity and our unique qualities to create our own Kenning style poem. Continuing with our ‘celebrating culture and diversity’ topic we will be looking at poetry from around the world taken from the text ‘My Village: Rhymes from around the world.’ Moving onto ‘Fantasy and Adventure’, the children will be focusing on speech punctuation, different sentence types, including complex and compound sentences to write their own narrative.
We will start our learning this term in Maths with division where the children will be using a range of concrete resources and methods to support understanding and fluency. In geometry year 2 will be looking at shape, position and direction and year 3 will be focusing on shape and perimeter. We will then move onto statistics, where the children will be collecting and analysing data using tally charts, pictograms, block diagrams and bar charts. Finally, we will be looking at fractions.
In Geography, we will be looking at the world’s oceans and rivers focusing on the River Yangtze in China. Studying the river features, the children will make comparisons to rivers in the UK whilst also looking at the water cycle. Our Science learning will be looking at animals and their habitats. We will start with looking at the basic needs of animals then the children will explore how habitats provide for the different kinds and needs of animals. To coincide with our learning on China, we will be exploring the needs and habitat of the Panda, comparing this with other animals.
Our Art this term will be exploring Ancient China looking at calligraphy and painting. The children will then create their own painting of the River Yangtze.
In the first half of the term we are going to have a bit of fun in our Music lessons this term by learning about the style and culture of British rock music. We will be listening to and appraising music by some of the great classic British rock bands such as Deep Purple, Queen and Status Quo. We will be composing our own rock pieces and performing them with accompanying musical instruments. After half term we will contrast this study with a focus on music from China.
In RE we will be learning about Islam in the first half of the term and trying to answer questions such as:
What does it mean to belong to a Muslim family?
How do people belong to the Muslim community?
How do Muslims use their places of worship?
How do Muslims believe they should treat others?
Why and how is the prophet Mohammed important to Muslims?
After half term we will return to Christianity and undertake an in depth study of the Easter story.
Mrs Cannings works for 4 days a week. She is in school from Monday to Thursday and Friday will be her day off. Mrs Butcher will teach the class on a Friday.
PE will take place on a Monday afternoon and Thursday morning. Children should have their PE kit in school at all times in case it is needed.
Home learning tasks will be set on a Monday and due back on the following Monday. A homework schedule can be downloaded below. The schedule will also be stuck at the front of homework books and included in the reading diary.
Spelling work will be undertaken with Mrs Butcher on a Friday so all new spellings will be given out on a Friday to be learn for a quiz the following Friday.
Times tables are practised using computer programme called Times Table Rockstars. The expectation is that children will spend at least 20 minutes a week practising their times table targets. More information will be given out in the first two weeks of term, together with login information and how to access the site at home. We no longer have weekly times table quizzes because the class teacher regularly accesses a child’s profile on the computer programme to check progress.
We expect every child to be Reading at home for at least 10 minutes a day. This might be private reading, reading to an adult or sibling or sampling sharing/listening to a story.
Snacks and drinks in school. Free fruit and vegetables will be available for snacks for every child in Torak class on a daily basis. Please do not send other snacks into school. Every child should also have a named water bottle which they bring into school every day. This should only contain water.
Contact We welcome your support in the classroom so please let Mrs Cannings know if you would like to help out in our class regularly, or as an occasional helper. We would love to have you.
If you would like to come in during the Monday after-school drop in, please make an appointment with the School Office or by emailing and include an indication of what you would like to discuss.