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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 Mexico City
  • 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. New Mexico 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


This week the children have been imagining that they are travelling the world. They have created art work based on different cultures. Today we went on an exciting adventure. The children imagined they were boarding a aeroplane, They each got a boarding pass and to the aeroplanes safety instructions making sure their seat belts were fastened before setting fight. We landed in Istanbul and explored the streets, beach and a Mosque when we arrived. Each of the children made passports 


This week in Geography the children have been learning about physical and human features. They learnt what each term meant and then sorted pictures into human and physical features. They then looked at human and physical features in Leeds. They looked at maps and atlases to find out about where we lived. 


Today the children have been using Boomwackers. The children loved using the tuned instrument to make different sounds and practiced hitting them to a beat. We will be experimenting with the instrument throughout the term.


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This week the children have been investigating and evaluating different textiles. They compared how materials are made in the UK and around the world. The children sorted a range of materials into different categories to say whether they had been knitted, woven or felted. They have been looking closely at the Indian weaving technique as we are going to be weaving our own Flying carpets.


This week in maths the children have been practically using a variety of objects to measure length and height. We have been learner new vocabulary to compare lengths by discussing and making estimations about which are shortest, longest, tallest. The children had great fun using objects as units of measure. Well done!


This week we went on an Imagineering journey and pretended that we were walking down a busy street in Mexico city. We were able to describe what we saw and imagine what it might be like to live there. We used our five senses to help us write a setting description of Mexico city. 

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This week in PHSE the children have been thinking about responsibilities and who's responsibility it is to look after things. We through of lots of different responsibilities and thought about whose role it was to do these things. We then watched a video about a little girl who's has the responsibility of caring for her pet dog. The children went to draw what responsibilities they have.

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This week we are learning all about Chinese New Year and have been talking and writing about the different customs and traditions they have. The children have enjoyed learning new facts about the celebration. We made lanterns and also had a lesson about making a noodle salad. The children talked about why it is important to wash our hands and learnt new techniques. They learnt how to hold a knife properly when cooking by using the claw and the bridge technique. They did the preparation of the vegetables really carefully and enjoyed trying new and interesting food.