Puffins Spring 2 2020 Newsletter

The Fire of London
The children will continue to focus on The Great Fire of London. Refer to Spring 1 Newsletter for details about History and Geography learning over this topic.
 
 
Design and Technology
Linked to our Fire of London topic, the children will be making their own Tudor house. Following an accurate design, the children will use a range of tools to measure and cut wood. They will use joining equipment and explore how they can make the structure stronger and more stable. Once built, we will create own 'Fire of London'.
Focus Vocabulary: structure, strength, design
Physical Education
For the first couple of weeks, the children will continue with Gymnastics. They will perform a sequence on small apparatus which includes at least three rolls. During the second part of the half term, the children will be striking and fielding. They will play a 4 versus 1 game, hitting the ball and jumping to score.
English
The children will learn the model text, 'Sammy the Street Dog'. Through a range of activities, the children will gain a deeper understanding of the text, learning the language and structure patterns. The focus will be description, both settings and character. The children will innovate the model text, to create their own story based in London during 1666.
Mathematics
Arithmetic and Reasoning: Fractions
The children will further develop their knowledge of halves and quarters. In addition to this, the children will learn to recognise and find thirds and three quarters of a set of objects or a quantity. For example, one third of 12 = 4.
Find out what a fraction is by watching this short video clip.
Focus Vocabulary: whole, equal parts, half, quarter, thirds
Data and Measure: Measurement
Length and Height, Mass, Capacity and Temperature - The children will measure the length and height of objects to the nearest cm and m. They will measure mass in g and kg and capacity in ml and l. They will compare and order using greater than, less than and equals. They will apply this knowledge to reason and solve problems. Play these games to help at home.
Focus Vocabulary: length, height, mass, capacity, temperature
 
 
Science: Animals, including Humans
This half term will see the children continuing with this topic. The focus this half term is how animals and humans survive. They will explain how different food groups help us to stay healthy and why it is important to be clean. The children will investigate how exercise produces changes in the body. 
Working scientifically, the children will use simple tables, construct block charts and use grouping.
Focus Vocabulary: survive, hygiene, disease, exercise 
Home Reading
Encourage your child to read at least 4 times a week. This will not only improve fluency but help them understand the text that they are reading. Use the questions on your child's bookmark to support their understanding. The children will continue to earn a pink mark each week when they read at least 4 times. 3 pink marks earn a Critter. These will be awarded in our Friday assemblies. 
Computing
 
In our online safety work this half term we'll be learning about rating and reviewing websites. We'll be discussing what people might want to know about a website to decide whether it is useful or not.  The children will consider what they they like or dislike about a website and think about the audience it is aimed at.  We will continue talking about what to do if the children see something online that worries or scares them.
These are some of the websites we'll consider in school.
 
Key Vocabulary: internet. website, safe, secure, rating, review.
 

Following on from our Y1 work with Beebots and our work earlier this year with Logo programming, we'll begin to learn about basic block programming to code objects on screen.  They will learn how to create computer commands and code objects to complete various actions. They will also be doing lots of finding and correcting errors in code (debugging) that will support their learning. We'll be using 2Code in School360 so the children can also access this at home. By the end of the half term we hope that the children will be able to code some of their own simple games with sounds!

Key Vocabulary: object, action, command, code, bug, debug, collision detection.