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Spring 2!

This page will be updated at the beginning of every half term. For weekly/day to day updates please see Class Dojo smiley


This term our topic is geography focused and is all about rivers, in particular plastic pollution! All of our learning will be focused around this and will stem from our key question, 'How can small actions eventually change the world?' Alongside this, we have six concepts to explore: consequences, responsibility, sacrifice, influence, compassion, choice.



Our English learning this half term will be focused on the book What a Waste by Jess French. If you have a copy of this book at home, it would be useful for your child to bring this into school with them. We would prefer it if they did not read it as we will be slowly introducing the story to them in our lessons.





Find the area of rectilinear shapes by counting squares.


Recognise and show, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions.

Count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.

Solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number.

Add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.


Recognise and write decimal equivalents of any number of tenths or hundredths.

Find the effect of dividing a one or two digit number by 10 or 100, identifying the value of the digits in the answer as ones, tenths and hundredths

Solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.

Convert between different units of measure [for example, kilometre to metre]



Our science topic for Spring 2 is living things and their habitats. Below are the objectives we will cover. 

Group living things in a range of ways.

Generate questions to use in a classification key.

Use a key to identify invertebrates.

Create a classification key.

Recognise positive and negative changes to the local environment.

Describe environmental dangers to endangered species.


Geography (inlcuding Art and D&T)

By the end of the term, the children will have an in depth knowledge of rivers in this country and around the world. They will have an understanding of the different sections of the river and how they all join together. They will also understand the increasing issues around pollution and plastic pollution that we face around the world. Some of the objectives we will cover are below.


Know the names of, and locate, at least eight major capital cities across the world (starters and map skills)

Know where the main mountain regions are in the UK(starters and map skills)

Know, name and locate the main rivers in the UK

Know where the equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn and the Greenwich Meridian are on a world map.

Know why most cities are located by a river

Use maps and globes to locate the equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the Greenwich Meridian



In our French lessons, by the end of the term the children should be able to:

say their name, age, nationality and where they live;

tell someone their family members and their ages;

create a presentation about habitats.



Our R.E. learning will focus on the theme 'symbols and religious expression'. We will explore this through the religions Hinduism and Christianity. 

Consider why people go on pilgrimages.

Suggest how and why belonging to a community and expressing spiritualty in, for example, the memories, stories, music, rituals, emotions and experiences of pilgrimages might be valuable to Hindus and Christians.

Find out more about different forms of worship, prayer and meditation in different communities, and write creatively and thoughtfully some songs, prayers or meditations suited to particular occasions and communities.



The children will go swimming once a week for the whole of the spring term. P.E. on a Tuesday morning will be taught by Coach Louise. 



The PSHE unit for Spring 2 is designed to build on what the children have already learnt about feelings, both positive and negative and how our attitude towards life can affect our mental health. The lessons centre around themes such as thinking positively and calmly, managing difficult emotions, taking responsibility for decisions and developing a growth mindset approach to learning.



This term, Miss Martin's class will be learning the Ukulele, taught by an external provider. Miss Martin will then teach the lesson to Mrs Clarke's class. 



Throughout Spring 1, we will be learning about spreadsheets. Below are the objectives we will cover.

navigate around a spreadsheet

explain what rows and columns are

enter data including text, numbers and images into cells

use the Move Cell and Lock tools

describe a cell location in a spreadsheet using the notation of a letter for the column followed by a number for the row

find specified locations in a spreadsheet 

use the number formatting tools within 2Calculate to appropriately format numbers

add a formula to a cell to automatically make a calculation in that cell

make practical use of a spreadsheet to help them plan actions

use the currency formatting in 2Calculate

use a series of data in a spreadsheet to create a line graph

use a line graph to find out when the temperature in the playground will reach 20°C.