EYFS (Foundation Team) Spring Term Overview:
In EYFS our Spring 1 topic was ‘How can Cinderella have a ball?’ We have done lots of activities this term all to do with Cinderella. We read the story and sequenced it and we even acted parts of the story out during Forest Schools! We wrote invitations to each other to invite our friends to a ball and we even found Cinderella’s glass shoe in our outside area! It was very exciting. In Maths we used 3D shapes to create our own castles and we spoke about their properties. We made graphs to find out our favourite characters from Cinderella and we measured lots of different shoes. We played with a castle and used lots of positional language to talk about where Cinderella was.
In our Topic work we have been programming Beebots so they can go to the ball, we learnt about the Royal Family and painted our very own Royal portrait as we would like to be a member of the Royal Family and wear a fancy gold crown! In PE we also learnt lots of dances to dance at a ball. We had lots of fun.
During ‘Big Me’ week the children had the opportunity to dress up as who they wanted to be when they were older. We had some fantastic costumes such as a train engineer, teachers and doctors and nurses. F2 were very lucky to have a visitor from a guide dog and its owner and we learnt how the dog has to be trained to help a blind person with their everyday life.
Year 1 Spring Term Overview:
In Spring 1 Year 1 have learnt about the 3 little pigs, and how we could build a house so the wolf couldn't blow it down. We found out about different materials and their properties. We practiced building with lots of materials, and how we could make structures stronger. We made a house has our final project. We also looked at the stories of ‘Aliens love Underpants’ and ‘Can’t you sleep Little Bear’. In Spring 2 we are finding out about Robin Hood, and linking it to finding out about the past. We're also doing lots of sketching and painting to make portraits of Robin Hood and also linked to spring art.
Our Maths learning over the Spring Term has focused on children’s understanding of money, place value, fractions and calculations. We enjoyed being a part of the whole school Science Week during which we had a Mad Science workshop on bubbles and ice and in class we did experiments looking at what happens when watered is put on skittles and how a hairdryer changes wax crayons. We will also be celebrating World Book Day and Holi in Spring 2.
Year 2 Spring Term Overview:
This Spring Term Year 2 have been answering the question – “Where do you prefer to live? England or Africa? The main focus has been to understand geographical similarities and differences by studying the geography of a small area in the United Kingdom and a small area in Africa. The children looked at atlases and used the computers to look at Google Earth. They found the capital of Africa and the capital of the UK and learnt to name the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world. The children learnt about Kenya and compared this to Hucknall using geographical vocabulary e.g. hills, mountains, rivers, valley. While learning about Kenya the children looked at African Art and fabrics. They painted an African sunset and designed their own African patterns.
The second half of the Spring Term the children have been looking at significant people in the past and have learnt about the work of Florence Nightingale. They have used computers to find out about her life and the many changes she made to improve our hospitals. We have celebrated Shrove Tuesday and will be learning about the Christian Celebration of Easter. In Computing we have been learning about computer programming, testing and evaluating computer games.
Year 3 Spring Term Overview:
For our topic work in Spring One we based our work around the question: How can we rediscover the wonder of the Indus Valley? First, we travelled back in time to explore who re-discovered the Indus Civilization. We then moved on to locating the Indus Valley on a map and looking at the physical features of the area and comparing it with the physical features of Britain. We also learned about the importance of living near a river and what the Indus people used the river for. Finally to complete this topic we created large group posters to showcase what we had learnt.
During Spring One we also learnt about growth. We conducted a cress experiment to see what conditions the cress would need in order to grow. We used this experiment to help us think about what fruits and vegetables we could grow in the school garden and what conditions they would need. Hopefully we will be able to make a fruit salad with the seeds we planted during the Summer term.
In Spring Two we will be learning about light, dark and shadows. We will be thinking about the relationship between the sun and the moon, looking at different sources of light and conducting experiments with our shadows. We will also be drawing and painting some reflection pictures.
Year 4 Spring Term Overview:
Year 4 we have covered some amazing and informative topics so far during Spring! For topic in Spring One, we based our topic work around the question ‘are you brave enough to swim with sharks?’ This topic involved lots of science investigations! We looked at all the parts of the digestive system, and learned about which food groups are best for our digestive system. Linked to this, we learned about why it’s important to look after our teeth, and why our teeth are different to shark’s teeth. We are now in Spring Two and asking the questions ‘where would you choose to build a city?’ During this topic, we will learn how to use the compass points to give directions to people. We will develop our understanding of the importance of maps and compasses because we will be using maps to locate major cities in the UK. Later this half term, we will be researching and creating a travel guide about a city in the UK.
Year 5 Spring Term Overview:
This term year 5 will be looking at how science is used by the Police force to solve crimes. In art they will be exploring using shading to create images. PE should be exciting as we are doing African Dance, this will involve dancing in wellies, and the children will also be developing their ball control skills. The Seal themes for this term are Going for Goals and Changes. Year 5 have taken part in transition visits to Holgate Academy during the end of the Autumn Term and the beginning of the Spring Term, these visits were sports based and some of the pupils will be returning in April to participate in a competition to compete against other pupils in the sport they participated in. In RE we have found out about the religions of Islam, Judaism and Hinduism.
Year 6 Spring Term Overview:
This term, Year 6 have been working incredibly hard both in lessons and during booster sessions. Their afternoon lessons have included learning all about the Vikings, why and how they came to Britain and what they did when they got here. They have learnt that the Vikings weren't quite as vicious as they have been painted and were in fact very intelligent and skilled. The children have fully engaged with this topic and have completed some wonderful pieces of creative homework linked to this subject. Year 6 have also been fortunate enough to have PE sessions with Mr. Woolley every Tuesday afternoon, which is many children's favourite part of the week. Their PE has even included a fencing session this half term with some of the children now attending an after school fencing club. They have been creating their own games in Computing and based on some of the results, we definitely have some future game designers in our school. We have had many special events in school this term: Big Me Week, where the children learnt about different future careers, it certainly gave them lots of ideas and aspirations for the future; Mad Science Week, which involved learning all about the environment and even DNA; and World Book Day where the children's love for reading was clearly shown with the variety of characters we had in Year 6 that day. Their English lessons have included applying their knowledge of grammar and punctuation to their writing and their Maths has included lots of problem solving. They are working really hard to prepare for SATs and have been down to Holgate Academy to watch their showcase event, which has got them very excited for secondary school already.