Puffins Summer 2 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2 
Around the world in 35 days
History
We will be finding out about the life of the explorers Christopher Columbus, Robert Falcon Scott and Ibn Battuta We will be looking at how they changed history and how other explorers followed in their footsteps. 
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Geography
We will be using map work skills to compare and contrast the UK to America, Africa and the Antarctica. How are the locations different? How are the locations similar? Where would you prefer to live and why? These are the some of the questions that the children will be thinking about over the next half term. 
Have a go at locating these continents using google earth. 
Topic Project
 This half term it's an around the world inspired project!

It’s up to the children what they decide to do. They can do it on their own or together with a family member. You may want to:

  • Choose a continent and find out more about it
  • Create a map/globe with labels
  • Make and taste food from different parts of the world
  • Create a piece of Art work from a particular country
  • Create an information text/holiday guide for different parts of the world
  • Link it to the world cup

Be creative! I look forward to hearing some of your ideas over the next few weeks.  Projects should be brought into school in 6 weeks time on 

Religious Education 
Explore the origins of some of the beliefs of major religions including The Bible, The Torah, The Guru Granth Sahib and The Qur’an.

 

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PE
Preparations for sports day are going to be well underway. The children will be throwing a variety of equipment to different targets and jumping over lines and obstacles, explaining how to improve the height and distance of their jumps. Aswell as both long and short distance running.
Literacy
The children will be exploring journey stories where characters go on different journeys around the world - Meerkat Mail  and Journey will be the focus texts. We will be receiving and writing postcard and emails to other children in different parts of the world. They will also be using their own understanding of the continents of the world to write their own journey stories - a journey on a magic carpet. Where will their magic carpet take them?
Maths
We will be consolidating the four operations and using this to solve problems. The children will also be practising the 2, 5 and 10 times so that they are able to recall these both in and out of order aswell as knowing the corresponding division facts. For example if 9 x 5 = 45 then 45 divided by 5 = 9. Fact families is a fantastic game to try at home. 
 
The children will be doing more work on telling the time, statistics and position and direction. Using the vocabulary quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn and full turn to describe the position of objects. 
Science
 Living things and their habitats -We will be sorting and classifying things according to whether they are living, dead or were never alive and recording our findings using charts.Try these games at home - Forest Life Trail
Aswell as constructing simple food chains and describing the conditions in different habitats and microhabitats around the world.
Art and Design
We will be focusing on African Art as part pf our around the world topic., The children will be learning to master a variety of techniques including roiling, squashing, joining, cutting and carving clay to make our very own African masks.
Design Technology
We will be exploring dishes from around the world and focusing o on Italian cuisine before designing, making and evaluating our own pizzas.