Puffins Spring 2 2019 Newsletter

The Big Smoke
In History we will be finding out about the past using Samual Pepys diary entries. Find out about Samual Pepys here. The children will be comparing what life was like then to what life is like today in London and finding out why 1666 was such an important year in history. 
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PE - Dance
This half term our focus will be dance. The children will create their own sequence of movements to retell the story of the Great Fire of London. The BBC school radio have a fantastic resource to learn about the Great Fire of London through movement, drama and dance. 
Please ensure children have their PE kits in school every day.
Homework Project
This half term it's a project based on London - past or present! 

It’s up to the children what they decide to do. It's their chance to show of what they have learnt over the past term. They can do it on their own or together with a family member. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Sculptures of famous London landmarks 
  • A map of London - 2d or 3d
  • Facts about London - today or in 1666 - presented in any way you like

Be creative! I look forward to hearing some of your ideas over the next few weeks.  Projects should be brought into school, after the Easter holidays on Thursday 25th April. 

 Arithmetic and Reasoning - Fractions - Finding fractions of shapes, objects and numbers including 1/2, 1/4, 1/3 and 3/4 and 2/3. This is a simple game the children can play to practice finding fractions. As well as finding fractions of amounts using the bar model method including 1/4, 1/2, 1/3, 3/4 and 2/3 and recognising equivalent fractions. Have a go at this fractions flags game.
Data and Measure - Capacity, volume and temperature including reading scales.
Geometry - Consolidation of both 2D and 3D shapes. Play this game to revise the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. 
We will be observing and comparing how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow. The children will be designing and carrying out their own investigations to find the answer to the question - Can plants grow in any temperature? Here are some great video clips to start finding out more about plans. Why not have a go at growing your own at home too ? 
Religious Education 
Leaders and Teachers
In RE this half term the children will be exploring the lives of religious leaders such as Jesus, Moses, Guru Nanak and Muhammad and answers questions such as - What qualities did they have? What made them good leaders? What did they stand for? take a look at the the videos below to gain an understanding of the lives of Jesus and Moses.
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Reading Critters

When your child has read with an adult 4 times in one week they will receive a sticker for their reward chart. Once they have earned 3 stickers they will be able to choose their own reading critter to take home. There is a huge family of reading critters to collect which is a great incentive to keep up with regular reading at home. As they begin to collect their family of reading critters there are opportunities to earn extra bonus critters!