Welcome to Starfish Class!
Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Easter after a very busy spring term.
Our topic for the first half of this term is Africa. We will kick off this topic by learning a story called ‘Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain’ by Verna Aardema. The story follows a young African herdsman and his attempt to end a terrible drought across the African plains. We will be describing the Kapiti plains using some amazing adjectives, learning more about the animals found on the Africa plains and will even have a go at ‘bringing the rain to Starfish classroom’ through an interesting science experiment!
We will then focus on poetry, looking at structure and rhyme, and writing our own poems based around ‘Over in the Grasslands’ by Anna Wilson and Alison Bartlett. Looking more closely at the animals found in each book, we will end the half term learning a popular Tinga Tinga tale: Why Elephant has a trunk.
In our topic lessons we will be finding out where Africa, and the other 6 continents, are found using atlases and globes. We will make comparisons between the UK to Africa, identifying similarities and differences and seasonal changes. We will also look at the work of Martin Bulinya, a prolific African artist, and will end the half term designing and creating our own African masks.
Please see below for our full topic map for this term and a copy of the class letter.
Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Christmas break and I wish you all a very happy New Year!
Our key question this term is ‘’Do dinosaurs really love underpants?’’. We will begin this half term by familiarising ourselves with dinosaurs using non-fiction books, to see what facts we can find about these deadly creatures. We will be looking into their diets, habitats and we’ll even have a go at trying to pronounce (and spell!) some of their very tricky names! We will also be exploring labels, lists and captions and how these can be useful within our writing.
Our writing will then be based around Claire Freedman’s ‘’Dinosaurs Love Underpants’’ using a Talk for Writing approach. Once we have extended our knowledge and gathered our information using non-fiction books, we will be making informed decisions as to whether dinosaurs really were wiped out by a prehistoric pants war!
In our topic lessons we will be considering where different dinosaurs were found across the world and how their habitats differed. During the second half of the spring term we will also look at the work of Mary Anning and her passion for fossils, with the opportunity to create our own (please note; no dinosaurs will be hurt during this process).
I will endeavour to keep this page updated so you can see all the exciting things we get up too in, and out, of the classroom.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing summer. We have an exciting term ahead in Starfish Class!
Our learning this term will be based around our topic of The Great Fire of London. Please keep checking this page to see what we have been up too in (and out!) of the classroom....
Watch this space!