Puffins Spring 1 2019 Newsletter

The Big Smoke
 
Literacy
Our focus text will be Katie in London where the main character, Katie, goes on a journey around London, taking in the sights and the scenery.
Punctuation—commas in lists, capital letters for proper nouns, apostrophes for contractions. 
Grammar—Complex sentences and subordination, ly sentence starters, noun phrases.
Text level— Retell the journey of Katie when she visits London and plan own journey story focusing on setting description using alliteration, smiles and expanded noun phrases.
Geography
We will be using maps, atlases, globes and online resources to name, locate and describe the characteristics of the four countries of the UK and their capital cities. The children will look more closely at aerial photographs of both London and Amble in order to identify some of the human and physical features as well as their famous landmarks. They will be using geographical vocabulary to compare London to Brazil. 
 
Science
Animals including humans
In Science we will be finding out how animals, including humans, change and grow from babies and what they need to grow. We will be looking at why good hygiene, exercise and a balanced diet is important for humans to lead a healthy life style. Play this game to make a balanced plate of food or take a look at the video clips below. 
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Design Technology
In Design Technology we will be looking at how houses have changed over time and looking more closely at the design of Tudor houses in 1666. They will be generating ideas to design make and then evaluate their own Tudor houses both 2D and 3D. We will explore how structures can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable and how house building techniques have changed over the years.
Maths
Arithmetic and Reasoning
Division - Following on from work on multiplication, the first 2 weeks of this half term will be spent focusing on division.
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. 
 
Data and Measure
Telling the time including o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Play this game to practice telling the time.
 
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Religious Education
Myself
We will be exploring the similarities and differences between different religions. The children will understand why people have a religious faith that they choose to follow. Our focus will be Islam and the rules that they follow - The Five Pillars. 
PE
This half term PE will be on a Wednesday afternoon but please note that children should have their PE kits in school every day. In Gymnastics the children will be performing sequences of movement which will include a jump, roll, turn and a balance. They will then learn how to safely move around small apparatus.