Our Topic will be Go Wild and Mad Hatters.
In English we will be looking at the book 'Meerkat Mail' and writing information texts and recounts. We will be learning about the features of information texts including developing our research skills to learn lots of new facts to include in our writing. We will focus on sequencing events in our recounts and reading our writing aloud. Another genre that we will be studying is rhyming poetry and we will be listening to a range of rhyming poetry linked to our 'Go Wild!' theme. We will also be writing some rhyming poetry using the books 'Poo in the Zoo' and 'Never Tickle a Tiger' as inspiration.
In Maths, we will begin the term practically exploring counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We will use our knowledge of recognising and adding equal groups to arrange objects in columns and rows as arrays. Building on our knowledge of multiplication, we will begin to explore division through grouping and sharing. We will learn how to recognise and find fractions of shapes and quantities, before moving onto describing position and directions. Later on in the term, we will revisit place value and begin to count, partition and compare numbers within 100. Then we will move onto our measurements unit and explore money and telling the time to the nearest hour and half hour.
In Geography we will be doing a comparison study with a small village in South Africa called Mapoch. We will look at the human and physical features in these places, and discuss the similarities and differences between Mapoch and Cheadle Hulme, including weather patterns and human features such as houses and churches. We will use Digimaps to explore world climates, and think about which animals live in these climates. Finally, we will look at features of hot and cold places.
As Scientists, we will start the term identifying and naming common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. We will compare and describe the structure of common animals, as well as looking at what different animals eat (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores). We will also be carrying out research on behalf of Sir David Attenborough to identify animals by investigating their scat sample!
As Computer specialists (in Computing) we will be learning how to record videos and discuss the rules to follow when recording videos. We will be using software on iPads to film the steps to making a jam sandwich, after considering the steps that are involved.
In DT we will be looking at healthy eating, with a link to our English text 'Meerkat Mail'. We will be tasked by Knowsley Safari Park to research, plan and prepare a healthy meal for a Meerkat.
In our Mad Hatters topic we will be exploring textiles and will be creating hat pins to represent Oak Tree Primary School.
In RE we will be learning about what makes a place sacred and exploring this in relation to a number of religions. We will also be learning about Eid and why it is a special celebration for Muslims.
In Art and Design we will be looking at the geometric patterns of Esther Mahlangu, who comes from the village of Mapoch that we will be studying in Geography. We will learn about this artist and take inspiration from her work to create geometric patterns of our own.