Hawkstone Class Spring 2020
Class Teacher: Mrs S O’Hara and Miss Marshall
Teaching assistants: Miss Jones and Miss Edwards
Welcome back to yet another super busy term!
Our whole school theme for Spring is ‘World Kitchen’ and we will be immersing ourselves in the sights, smells, traditions and history of India. There will be opportunities for the children to create traditional Indian dishes and they will study the importance of spices within Indian food. We will be raising funds for The Ark this term by selling a ‘Curry Box’ which will include a recipe (created by the children) and ingredients for you to cook at home!. The children will also investigate the use of spices in ancient Indian herbal medicines. The end of the term will see the children in Hawkstone class take part in their Lower Key Stage 2 performance. More information to follow!
Designed to spark the imaginations of the children, it encouraged them to start thinking about creating a new and original story to submit. The live, interactive programme was hosted by BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show host Zoe Ball, CBBC’s Rhys Stephenson and Hacker T Dog.
They were also joined in the studio by 500 Words Judges, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Charlie Higson and Francesca Simon who provided our budding writers with their top tips and advice on how to start their own 500 Words stories.
The competition was launched back in 2011, after Chris Evans had a dream. He dreamt of getting children excited about reading and writing. All children: no matter what their ability, experience, or background.
The children in Hawkstone class are already itching to get started, with lots of fantastic ideas being jotted down during the live launch.
Over the next 2 weeks, we will be supporting the children by encouraging them to really get their creative juices flowing and helping them to structure their short story. It’s super simple! All the children will pen an original story, no more than 500 words in length, and submit it online. It can be about ANYTHING they want – space-ships, grannies, insects, time travel. The list is endless!
Please log on to www.bbc.co.uk/500wordschallenge2020 for more information.
Our focus for the first part of the term will be narrative writing and we will be using the book ‘Grandpa Chatterji’ by Jamila Gavin. This story is about the wonderful adventures of Neetu and Sanjay when their Grandpa Chatterji comes from India to visit. Neetu and Sanjay learn so many new things about their Grandpa Chatterji and his life in India but as the story unfolds, Grandpa Chatterji reveals more than what meets the eye. The children will use this text to inspire their narrative writing, persuasive writing and debate, biography and poetry. For the second part of the term, we will be studying traditional Indian tales written my Madhur Jaffrey. In this collection of folk tales, Madhur Jaffrey recalls the rich storytelling traditions of her own childhood in Delhi.This will support the children with drama, puppetry and creating their own folk tales to perform.
Using the White Rose scheme of mathematics, children will develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in the following areas; Multiplication and Division, Area, Fractions and Decimals.
To start the term, our Geography topic will be exploring Food Miles. The food we eat makes up about 30% of our carbon footprint. Knowing how far it has travelled and how it has been stored is essential if we wish to reduce the environmental impact. The children will develop an understanding of where our food comes from, the environmental impacts of transporting food and how we can reduce food miles.
Science – We will start the term by focusing on plants and growth, specifically photosynthesis. We then move onto animals and humans, looking at the digestive system, teeth and food chains. We will end the term with an exciting exploration of light and sound using shadow puppets and Indian drumming!
Art - we will create Rangoli patterns using inks and saffron speckled eggs for Easter.
PE – This term the children will enjoy Basketball in their sessions with Mr Smith from Embrace. Miss Marshall will be teaching Dodgeball on Fridays. Children will start swimming sessions after half term