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Willowdown Primary School

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Spring Term


This term our topic has a Science focus. We will be starting by looking at the naming and classifying different materials before exploring vocabulary associated with describing these materials. Methods of dissolving and separating materials will be studied before finding out about evaporation. Our experiments will include changing the state of materials and which changes are reversible and which are not.



The majority of our learning this term will be based on the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We will put all the skills we have learned into writing a range of non-fiction and fiction texts. We will be practising building cohesion across a piece of writing and using a range of sentence structures and punctuation.


Towards the end of the term, we will be studying the narrative poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Vocabulary choice and the effect on reader will be the focus of our learning. The descriptive strategies we will use will include metaphors, similes and personification.



Our art learning will be linked to out English work. During our work on holes we will be using paint and paper mache to make  representations of the fictional Yellow-Spotted Lizard. We will be practising our sketching skills in our work on ‘The Highwayman’, as well as using pen and ink.



We will be recapping all the spelling strategies we have learned, including homophones and near homophones. In punctuation, we will be revising all that we have learnt including speech punctuation, colons and semi-colons. Our grammar focus will be on tenses (past, present and future using the simple, present and perfect forms) and active and passive sentences.



Over this term we will be covering a variety of mathematical areas: decimals, percentages, algebra, measure and ratio. During Arithmetic, we will use both mental and written calculations to work efficiently within these areas; our maths lessons will also use them in a reasoning problem solving context.

We will be recapping the value of digits, including in a decimal number, before applying this knowledge to solving calculations involving the four operations. In percentages we will learn to convert between decimals, fractions and percentages as well as find a percentage of an amount. In algebra we will learn to find the value represented by an unknown including using the inverse. Measure includes weight, length, time and we will be converting between different measures as well as solving problems using different measures. In ratio, we will reason and solve problems.