During the second half of the Spring term Beech Class will cover the following subjects within the topic of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’:
LITERACY: [T1] We will begin by focussing on reading some books in the series of the ‘Lighthouse Keeper’ by Ronda and David Armitage. Nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs and connectives will all be explored through studying the character, setting and events of the story. The children will write a book review about their favourite book from the series, commenting on likes, dislikes and favourite parts. They will then plan their own story using the same characters and settings, but changing the events. We will look closely at how events from the beginning, middle and end of a story are linked. Linking to our history topic, the children will then watch a video of a storm at sea on the day Grace Darling saved the sailors in order to consider how atmosphere is created in visual texts. From this, the children will begin to collect ideas to describe a storm at sea, using wide range of adventurous vocabulary to create a specific mood. The children will then explore persuasive adverts and posters. They will look carefully at the language and layout of some advertisements and begin to think of their own ideas for selling a ‘Lighthouse Lunch’. In pairs, the children will then create their own adverts for the lunches that they will make in DT.
NUMERACY: [T2] We will start the half term by choosing and using standard units to measure length in m and cm and mass in g. They will compare their measurements using < > and = and begin to solve problems that involve measure. Moving on, we will revise strategies for the addition and subtraction of two 2-digit numbers through the use of Deines apparatus. The children will also work on improving the rapid recall of number facts such as bonds to 20 and 100 as well as the addition and subtraction of multiples of 10 from any number. Fractions work will follow. The children will recap how to find fractions of a shape and move on to find fractions of a number by sharing or division. We will work on our rapid recall of halving facts. We will then look at position and direction. The children will learn how to give directions, and realise the difference between moving sideways and rotational turns on the spot. We will learn how to use vocabulary such as clockwise, anti-clockwise and right-angles. Finally, the focus in maths will be telling the time. We will learn how to tell the time in five minute intervals and understand how to work out simple time intervals. Rapid recall of ‘time facts’ such as days of the week, months of the year, seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour etc. will also be looked at.
SCIENCE: [T3] The focus of science this half-term will be animals including humans. The children will begin by learning how humans have offspring which turn into adults, and this will be followed up by explaining the life cycle of other animals such as frogs. We will then investigate and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air) and think how the needs of other animals might be the same or different. Through our DT topic, the children will learn about the different food groups and how having a balanced diet will help them to stay healthy throughout life. The children will then describe the importance for humans of exercise and through investigations, discover how our bodies change when exercising (this will also be taught through PE). Investigative work will continue as we explore if shoe size and height are linked. Finally, the children will learn how to be hygienic. This will predominantly taught through DT and PSHE, although in science we will conduct a fair test experiment to discover the best method of washing hands.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: During this half-term, children will learn about Easter symbols. We will start by exploring how many modern Easter symbols may not represent the true meaning of Easter and how others may have had their roots in the traditional Bible story. Steve will explain to the children how Easter is celebrated in Church and discuss the meanings behind the various symbols on the Paschal Candle. The children will then think of their own symbols to use on a Candle of their own design. We will look at crosses from around the world and design our own cross, making sure to include some Easter symbols and finally explore the story of the Last Supper. The children will then have a ‘Supper’ themselves – eating a variety of traditional Easter foods and discussing the meaning behind them.
COMPUTING: [T4] The children will focus upon learning coding this half term. We will use the program ‘Scratch’ on the computers to learn how to program our own sprite of ‘Mr Grinling’ to move around the Lighthouse. The children will investigate the idea of an algorithm and use this to make their Mr Grinling and the seagulls move. Following this, the children will learn how to add a background (Lighthouse) to their virtual world, as well as make, record and edit sound. Throughout this topic, the children will be encouraged to solve problems and debug.
PE: [T5] Children will develop the skills they need for net/wall games and on how to use these skills to make the game difficult for their opponent. They will learn to direct the ball towards a target area and away from their opponent. They will have to think about how they use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.
HISTORY: [T6] The children will study the Victorian lighthouse keeper, Grace Darling. They will use pictures and role-play to explore Grace’s life at the light house, and write a letter about her day based upon one of Grace’s own letters. After learning about the events surrounding Grace’s famous rescue of the Forfarshire, pupils will use freeze-frames and a sequencing activity to write a newspaper report on the rescue and consider how this made Grace famous. Finally, the children will link the work of Grace Darling to lifeboat crews today, and reflect on how they too can be brave or helpful to others.
DT: [T7] Children will begin to understand the need for a variety of different foods in our diet to remain healthy. The children will then design a healthy packed lunch for the lighthouse keeper, considering carefully which types of food to include. All children will learn to safely cut, grate, chop and peel different food types, and understand the need for good hygiene in a kitchen environment. Finally, the children will make a healthy packed lunch, and evaluate this against the criteria of healthy food set out on the ‘eatwell plate’.
MUSIC: [T8] This is a six-week Unit of Work. All the learning is focused around one song: I Wanna Play In A Band. It will be an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked. The children will use the glockenspiels and voices in this unit.
PSHE: PSHE work will focus on keeping healthy and will include work on personal hygiene, advertisements of unhealthy food and eating a healthy, balanced diet.