We have learnt a lot about fractions this term. We now know that fractions are parts of a whole that consist of a numerator (top number) and a denominator (bottom number). We had lots of fun with our learning by using the manipulatives for practical learning and we also learnt some songs that we found online that helped us to remember fraction rules too. We found the bar method really helpful when we were finding fractions of numbers.
Our main focus in English this term was poetry. We had lots of fun with exploring lots of different styles of poetry. We also wrote our own poems linked to our art work, titled ‘A Journey Through The Seasons’.
We needed to learn a lot about different types of words that are used in poetry:
• Rhyme - words with a similar sounding ending: cat & hat.
• Similes - phrase that relate two objects by saying that
they are similar to each other: e.g. as hot as the
• Metaphors - a comparison which is not literally true. It
suggests what something is like by comparing
it with something else: e.g. My brother is a piglet.
Unlike a simile, metaphors do not use the words
‘like’ or ‘as’.
• Alliteration - a string of words that all have the same initial
letter: e.g. The whistling wind whirled past.
• Onomatopoeia - a word used to describe a noise: e.g. The flames of
the fire crackled as they reached up into the
• Personification - describes an action by an object, usually used
By people: e.g. The leaves danced in the wind.
When writing playscripts, we learnt the correct way to present them and how to use some of the key features of this style of writing. We had fun using The Gruffalo to support us with our learning and now understand how stories are turned into playscripts so that actors can follow them. We learnt that a playscript does not only tell the actors what to say, but also gives them stage directions to follow too.
ART & MUSIC
We really enjoyed learning about artists, musicians and composers from different periods in history.
Looking at Rembrandt's art, we developed shading skills. Monet helped us to develop our ability to use colour effectively and also to blend new colours. Lichtenstein gave us an opportunity to explore a more modern style with his pop art, using benday dots.
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons helped us to understand how music can be used to create different moods; while Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker taught us how music can help to tell a story. In complete contrast, we really enjoyed listening to music by The Beatles and all agreed that it was lots of fun.
We all created an art piece inspired by the seasons for our class art gallery at the end of term. We used the skills that we had learnt and were able to choose the style that we had preferred most during the term.
As usual, Book Week was lots of fun again this year.
The Jungle Book was the theme that focussed on this year, read parts of the story and watched clips from the film, which enabled us to think carefully about the characters. We then created new characters and included them in our own adaptations of the story. To end the week, we all dressed up as one of our favourite book characters!
• Our topic in term 5 will be The Ugly Bugs' Ball which is a science based topic. We will be going outside to support our learning and our trip to Living Land will also enhance this topic.
• In English we will be writing fantasy stories and explanation texts.
• In Maths we will continue our learning with fractions and then be learning about the properties of shapes.
• We start swimming on Wednesday 3rd May