Firefly Class

Welcome to Firefly class! We are taught by Mr Loftus and we are supported by Mrs Almond. We are a class of year fives and year sixes. Currently, there are 10 year fives and 14 year sixes which means there are 24 of us altogether. We are very creative, curious and resourceful and enjoy learning about the world around us. In class we are always building our resilience and independence.

This term, we're going to have a lot of fun learning about the Battle of Britain. We'll start by exploring the events before the Dunkirk evacuation and Operation Dynamo, and then we'll go on an exciting journey to discover many cool things about this time in history. We'll try to answer questions like: Which airplanes were the best? How did RADAR help us fight the Luftwaffe? What is Operation Sealion? And we'll even find out how the amazing artist Robert Taylor makes his paintings look so awesome! As we go through this term, we'll learn all this and more.

What are we learning about this term?

This term we are learning about Resourceful Rainforests. Did you know there are different types of rainforest? There are temperate and tropical rainforests. Temperate rainforests are found in the temperate zones (between the tropics and the polar circles). They are found in a few regions scattered around the world such as western North America, south-eastern Australia and New Zealand. Tropical rainforests lie in the tropics (between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, 23.5° north and south of the equator.). They are found in many areas near the equator such as Asia, Africa, Central America and the Pacific Islands.

In English, we start the term by writing an adventure story based on the book 'The Jungle Book' by R.Kipling. We shall further apply our knowledge of the ‘FANTASTICs’, ‘BOOMTASTICs’ and ‘GRAMMARISTICs’ by using writing techniques such as fronted adverbials, noun phrases and similes (just to name a few!) throughout our writing.  We will also be looking at the following books throughout the Spring Term in English: The Tin Forest by Helen Ward, Earth Shattering Events by Robin Jacobs and David Attenborough (Little People, BIG Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara.

This term, we are also focusing on Guided Reading where we shall be looking at a different extract each week from a book related to Rainforests. Some examples include: Bloomin' Rainforests, Fanatical About Frogs, The Amazon Rainforest, The Shaman's Apprentice, Under the Canopy and many more!

In Maths, we will be focusing on Multiplication and Division and Fractions. We will be using resources to help us investigate the relationship between numbers!

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