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All Creatures Great and Small

Welcome back Apache Class!


We hope you had a fantastic Easter and had lots of fun with your families during the holidays. We also hope you enjoyed a very well-deserved rest after your incredible performance of Zoom! The Musical at the end of last term. We could not have been more proud of your hard work, determination and energy during rehearsals and the final performances. You really did shine like stars!


We have lots more fun and hard work coming up as we move into the sunny summer months ahead!


This term’s topic is All Creatures Great and Small.


Our topic work is primarily based around science, with a focus on living things and their habitats. We will begin by looking at food chains and different animals’ diets, exploring carnivores, omnivores and herbivores and considering how different animals and living things fit into a range of food chains as producers and consumers. We will be learning the seven characteristics of living things and investigating living things in local habitats and micro habitats, before moving on to the classification of living things, including plants. We will be using classification keys to group and sort living things into groups in different ways and will be considering similarities and differences. As part of our classification, we will be learning about invertebrates, the five different groups of vertebrates and how to recognise them.


Our science work will then lead into a design and technology project to create a shelter for a magical or mythical creature, drawing on elements from The Land of Neverbelieve text, which we will be studying in our English lessons, and taking into account the requirements for living things. We will research, investigate and test different structures, frames and joins, as well as exploring waterproof materials. We will be working in groups to follow a brief, create different concepts and develop a final design with detailed planning. Our finished model will then be tested and evaluated so that we are able to consider how the design could be improved further. Accurate measuring will be required and we will be learning to persevere and adapt work when original ideas do not work.


At home:

Please continue to read every day at home and update your Reading Record, which should be in school every day so that your reads are counted towards the Reading Challenge. Times tables will also take centre stage this term, as we move towards our statutory assessment in June. Please keep practising at home, as this will support the work that we are doing in school.