Jellyfish Spring 2 2020 Newsletter

We will continue this half term with our topic Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.  We will be researching specific animals and developing our scientific knowledge of different animal groups.  The children will find out about the diets of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores to sort and group animals in different ways.
Focus vocabulary: diet, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, scales, fins, gills
We will be using a range of non-fiction texts to find out about animals and listening to stories and poems with an animal theme.  The children will focus on the story The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson.  You can listen to the story below.
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In maths we will be consolidating our learning of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Why not play Hit The button to practise your number facts.
Our Online Safety work this half term will be about 'My Personal Information' and will focus on the children understanding what personal information should be kept safe. The children will talk about their personal information, what personal information can affect their safety and what to do if someone asks for their personal information. We'll be watching the Hector's World videos to help us understand this.
Vocabulary: Information, personal, tell, safe, share, stranger
We'll then be continuing our work on computer coding by developing our skills using J2Logo to create simple code to program an onscreen turtle and learning how to debug this code if it doesn't work. We'll then move on to introduce some block coding using ipads and Scratch Jr in which snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life. Scratch Jr can be downloaded free of charge here.
Vocabulary: background, character, drag, shrink, resize, block, motion, bug/debug, command, repeat.
We will link our learning of different animal groups to our knowledge of continents and oceans, focusing on Antarctica, Africa and Europe.
Focus vocabulary: Europe, Atlantic ocean, Pacific ocean, migrate
The children will continue with singing lessons, learning to perform stories through song.  We will also be listening to Carnival of the Animals and finding out about instruments in an orchestra.
Focus vocabulary: opera, orchestra, woodwind, brass, strings, percussion
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Art and Design 
We will use a range of techniques to create animal themed paper sculptures using cutting, tearing, folding and curling.
Focus vocabulary: join, fold, concertina, curl
We will complete our gymnastic skills by performing a sequence of moves including jumps, rolls and balances.  The children will then learn striking and fielding skills to throw beanbags at targets to score points.
Focus vocabulary: sequence, perform, target, score
We look forward to seeing the children's animal projects later this half term to display for our Class Assembly.  Please bring these into school on Monday 30th March.