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Spring Term 1

This half term our explore topic question is 'Should the planet be hot or cold?' In Geography we will be learning about the world's seven continents and five oceans, as well as locating hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator and the North and South poles. Alongside this we will be developing our map skills by using aerial photographs to recognise human and physical features. We will be placing a specific focus on the climate/features of Australia to help us identify similarities and differences between hot and cold places.

PE - Gymnastics - Wall Apparatus

If you look at the section below this, you will find information about the work we have been doing in gymnastics this half term. To finish this unit we got to use the wall apparatus - it was so much fun! Here are some photos of us showing the different balances that we could perform whilst on the wall apparatus. 

PE - Gymnastics

This half term we are doing gymnastics during our indoor PE lessons. We have been busy learning different balances that we can do on our own or with a partner. Miss Ashbolt has tasked us with making our own gymnastics routines in pairs or groups that incorporate a range of equipment. We have been thinking about how we can be high or low in our balances, and we have been trying out different ways of safely moving from one piece of apparatus to another. It is super important that we remember to bend our legs when we jump off of the gymnastics tables!

Maths

Over in maths we have started to look at weight and mass. Did you know that there are 1000 grams in a kilogram? We got out the scales and compared the weights of different items using language such as ‘heavier than’ and ‘lighter than’. 

Computing

In computing we are learning all about programming and algorithms. In order to help us understand how algorithms work, we used the Bee Bots and were challenged with programming them to get from one square on our mat to another. We recorded the steps that our Bee Bot would need to take on some paper. To finish our lesson we had a competition to see which team could programme their Bee Bot to get from one square to another the fastest.

Geography

In Geography we have been learning about the world's seven continents and five oceans. Miss Ashbolt asked us to use the resources in our classroom to help us find out what these are. We used the computers to complete some research, we found some books that gave us loads of information about different countries, and we even used the maps on our working wall and a giant globe to help us identify where the different continents and oceans are. We found out that Australia is on the other side of the world to the United Kingdom! From here we had to plot the continents and oceans onto a map of our own. 

English

Our book for our new English unit is 'Big Bear Little Brother' by Carl Norac. Over the coming weeks we will be writing our own winter poems, requiring us to extend our vocabulary. To help us with this we went on a winter walk around our school gardens. It was very frosty! We made notes of different adjectives that we could use to describe the cold, harsh environment, and then shared our ideas so that we could make a class mind map. Alongside this we looked at the emotions that the main characters were feeling at different points in the story. We can't wait to write our own poems!

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