to Meerkat's Class
We are the Marvellous Meerkats.
We work hard and always try our best.
Meerkats are great friends and work well as a team.
Mrs McArdle Miss McBride
Mrs McArdle works Monday - Wednesday
Miss McBride works Wednesday - Friday
Our wonderful TAs are Mrs Brewer and Mrs Hawkins
In the Spring Term, our learning will explore the question:
Will the Rainforest survive the 21st Century?
Our English work in the first half term will be based around our new topic ‘Will the Rainforest Survive the 21st Century?’. We will use Talk for Writing to help us write a setting description of a rainforest, thinking carefully about what our five senses can detect. We will also be writing poems, supported by our Reading lessons. During the second half term, our focus will be on non-fiction writing. We will be applying our knowledge of deforestation and the rainforest to write a series of persuasive pieces. We will continue to have a strong focus on handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation throughout the term. Spellings will be on EdShed and the children will have weekly spelling lessons and tests. Our class book for the Spring term has been chosen by the children and they have decided on ‘The Highland Falcon Thief’.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.
In our Grammar learning this term, we will continue to use ‘Rainbow Grammar’ to help us construct effective simple, compound and complex sentences. We will develop our understanding of fronted adverbials and explore how these differ from subordinate clauses.
In Reading, we will be focusing on developing our reading skills and linking this with answering questions about a text. We will also be developing our inference skills - using clues to help us answer questions. To begin the Spring term, we will be reading a range of different poems and in the second half-term, we will be exploring non-fiction texts in more detail. Like before, the children will have access to range of books on Bug Club.
This term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division methods. We will be focusing on the children developing their recall of multiplication and division facts, in addition to using an efficient written method. Towards the end of the first half term, we will learning about area and perimeter. After the half term break, we will apply our multiplication knowledge and skill-set as we will be learning about Fractions and Decimals. Like the Autumn term, there will be a real focus on learning the timestables up to 12x12 and being able to recall them confidently.
In Science, we will be learning about three different topics in the Spring term. Our first topic is called ‘Our Changing World’ and we will be exploring how trees and plants are identified and classified. Our second topic of the half term is called ‘In a State!’ and we will be learning about the different states of matter and investigating these. In the second half term, we will be learning about electricity in our ‘Switched On!’ topic.
In RSHE, we will be exploring the topic ‘Caring and Responsibility’ with the children learning about their rights and responsibilities. We will be looking at families and diversity too. After the half term break, we will be exploring the topic ‘Families and Committed Relationships’ looking at relationships and boundaries.
In both half terms, we will complete lessons on e-safety and anti-bullying.
Our thought-provoking topic question this term will enable us to think about our changing world and the impact humans are having. We will be using digital mapping and atlases to locate continents, countries and capital cities. We will be learning about the rainforest and the animals that live there. As we progress into the second half term, we will be focusing on deforestation and how the rainforests are used. We will also be making a comparison between The Amazon Rainforest and Sherwood Forest.
Art / DT
In our Art lessons, we will be learning about Henri Rousseau, and we will be replicating some of his rainforest inspired artwork. As part of our DT work, we will be utilising our electricity science knowledge as we will be creating an electrical game.
Our computing work will, as always, involve work around E-Safety and knowing how to stay safe online. Our main focus will be ‘Physical Computing’. We will be writing and testing algorithms.
As part of our RE learning this Spring Term, we will be learning about Spiritual Expression.
PE will be on a Tuesday morning and a Thursday morning. On a Tuesday, we will be developing our skills with Express Coaching and on a Thursday, we will be learning dance with a dance teacher.
Homework and Spellings
There will be two pieces of homework a week, which will be given on a Friday and will be uploaded on Seesaw. Spellings will also be given on a Friday and these will be available on EdShed. Weekly spelling tests will take place every Friday.
Like always, children in Meerkats need to read at home at least three times a week. Colourband books and red reading records need to be in school every day.
We have a busy and fun term planned. Please come and ask us any questions you might have. If you can't see us please send a message and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Mrs McArdle: email@example.com
Miss McBride: firstname.lastname@example.org