Our Weekly Learning
The Cornerstones project which will begin this new academic term will be Coastline. This is a Geography driven project where we will have great fun using maps to learn about the location of the world’s seas and oceans and keys to learn about map symbols. We will also find out about the directions on a compass. We will learn about the human and physical features of a coastline, including the effects of erosion and how to stay safe when visiting the coast. We will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the RNLI, what happened to the SS Rohilla and about the coastal town of Whitby, including how Captain Cook is linked to the town. We will research the tourism industry and consider what features make a place a successful tourist destination.
All of these wonderful learning experiences will help us to answer this project's Big Question: What features might you see if you visited a coastal town?
In addition to our main Geography projects, we will be carrying out a range of companion projects throughout the Spring term.
Our first Science project will be Uses of Materials.
During this project, we will learn the names and uses of everyday materials. We will find that materials can be shaped in different ways to make them more useful. We will test how different materials can be shaped and whether they will return to their original shape. We will learn that the properties of materials mean they can be used in different ways and that objects are made from materials that have suitable properties for their purpose. We will find that objects can be made from one material or more than one material and that the same object can be made from different materials with similar properties. Within lessons we will label objects with their materials and think about their properties and uses. We will learn about paper and test the properties of different paper types. We will also find out about recycling and sustainability.
The second science project is Plant Survival.
During this project, we will learn the names of the different parts of a plant and how they grows. We observe how the seasonal changes affect how plants grow. We will learn how new plants can grow from seeds and bulbs and what they need to germinate. We will use their observational skills to find out where plants like to grow and investigate what plants need to grow and stay healthy. The project will also allow children to use their research skills to find out about some unusual plants.
In Art and Design, we will be studying the companion project Flower Head.
In this project we will learn about the visual elements of flowers, including shape, texture, colour, pattern and form. We will also explore various artistic methods, including drawing, printmaking and 3-D forms, using paper and clay.
Our Design and Technology project this term is entitled Beach Hut. This project will be all about making and strengthening structures, including different ways of joining materials.
For our Religious Education, we will firstly be exploring the Jewish celebration of Hannukah. Secondly, we will be focusing on the Buddhist celebration of Losar. Below are the glossaries with the key vocabulary that we will be introduced to within these projects.