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All Around the World!

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The books we are using throughout our adventure:

  • My grandma went to market
  • The Snail and the Whale


This half term we are learning about:

  • Chinese New Year; who celebrates it, what people who celebrate this festival believe and how people celebrate this festival
  • A variety of textiles and how they are made
  • Where the UK is in relation to the rest of the world
  • The physical and human features of the UK and compare them to Bangkok
  • Different textiles and how they are made
  • How to weave their own magic carpet
  • How to write an advert
  • How to write a set if instructions
  • The different animals in the animal kingdom and how they are classified
  • How to write a recount
  • How to use a compass for directions
  • How to describe and compare the structure of animals
  • Daily weather patterns in the UK and how they compare to other countries
  • How to create drawings based on observations


The children will be:

  • Going on an imaginary adventure to visit other countries around the world (e.g. Bangkok and China)
  • Creating their own magic carpets out of different materials
  • Celebrating Chinese New Year
  • Tasting food from other cultures
  • Creating art work based on other cultures from around the world
  • Taking part in Chinese dragon dancing
  • Hot seating various story characters
  • Creating their own weather report videos
  • Setting up an around the world restaurant
  • Going to Middleton Woods to observe the human and physical features in the local area


You can help your child by:

  • Listening to your child read on a regular basis and asking questions about the book
  • Practising the spellings in your child’s spelling book
  • Supporting your child with their weekly homework
  • Encouraging your children to practise writing sentences or stories using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops
  • Helping your child to learn their tricky and high frequency words


Creative Context Day

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A Trip to Istanbul!


This week we began our new adventure. We met out new Story character Tom and we following him to Istanbul to meet his Grandma. She had sent us a postcard saying that she was going on a trip around the world and she asked if we would like to join her. She told us that she had bought a magic carpet and that she was going to fly to lots of different countries. Before we could join her on the adventure we all needed to create our own passports.

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After we had created our passports, Miss Procter handed out our plane tickets and off we went. First we met up with Grandma, and then we visited lots of different places in Istanbul. We went to the Sea Life Center, to the Theme Park, to the Mosque, to the market, on a hot air balloon ride and finally we went for a trip to the beach where we went snorkeling and build sand castles. we had such a good day that we decided to write a postcard home. 

Human and Physical Features


Once we had returned from our trip to Istanbul, we decided to look at bit closer to home and we studied the city of Leeds. We found where Leeds was on a map and we looked at the different things that we could see located on the map. we sorted these things under two headings... human features and physical features. We learnt that human features are things that are man-made by humans (e.g. bridges and roads) and that physical features are naturally formed (e.g. rivers and hills). The children really loved using the maps to create their two lists.


Later in the week the children are going to using their knowledge of Leeds to write an advert persuading people to come and visit the city. 


This week the children have been learning about what makes themselves and other special.  The children have been working closely with their talk partner this week when noticing similarities and differences about each other. The children each drew a picture of their friend and they wrote a sentence about what makes their friend special. 

Materials from around the world...

This week the children have been investigating and evaluating different materials. They have also been looking at how materials are made in the UK and how this differs from other countries around the world. The children sorted a range of materials into different categories related to how they had been made e.g. weaved, knitted or felted. A technique that the children looked closely at was an Indian weaving technique. This is because we are going to be weaving our own magic carpets! Great work.