BerkswichCE Primary School

Achieve, Believe and Care

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Spring Two




At sunrise, young Michael spots a whale on the shores of the Thames and thinks he must be dreaming. But the creature is real and it has a message for him - one that only an open-minded child can deliver to the rest of the world. The whale warns that the earth’s days are numbered and that humans must put right the damage they are doing, but how can Michael fulfil his promise to tell others when neither his teacher nor his classmates will believe his story? Within hours, the city and the wider world have learned of London’s remarkable visitor, and all eyes are on the whale’s struggle against the receding tide. Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.


This fictional account of the day a whale swam up the Thames is both moving, thought-provoking and perfect for the current environmental issues impacting our world as we speak. From this unit, we will learn how to produce a high quality newspaper article, focusing on the dramatic story that shocked London back in 2006. 



Our reading unit this half term will be using a range of non-fiction texts linking to our Geography unit 'North America'. Whilst examining these texts, the children will be practising summarising main ideas, distinguishing between statements of fact and opinion, retrieving, recording and presenting information from non-fiction and explaining and discussing their understanding of what they have read through formal presentations of debates. 




Our unit this half term is all about fractions! We have already experimented with ordering and comparing fractions before last half term and we are now experts at converting between improper and mixed number fractions! This half term, we will be focusing on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, calculating fractions of amounts and solving problems involving fractions. 


Physical Education:  


This half term, we will be continuing to attend our fantastic tennis lessons with Mr Proud every Thursday afternoon at the tennis courts. We are also very lucky to be welcoming in professional cricket coaches, who will be helping us to prepare for the summer tournaments, every Thursday morning. Bring on Thursdays!




We are continuing to live in our 'Material World' this half term as we apply our knowledge of materials and their properties to help plan and prepare for the annual Spring Music Festival! We have been selected, from our recent successes in Science, to form the ‘materials committee’. Do you know your thermal insulators from your thermal conductors? Can you find the best materials for take-out bags and drinks bottles? You will need to carry out an impressive array of tests to identify which materials are up to the job for a variety of festival needs. Roll your festival sleeves up… you’re going to need to get your hands dirty!




Our Art unit this half term will be exploring expressionism. Our artist spotlight will be on Henri Matisse, but we will also be looking at the work of Gustav Moreau and André Derain. We will explore the key features of expressionist art, fauvism, use of colour within expressionism and 'The Bridge' group. We will also create our own version of Kirchner's painting, 'Street, Dresden'. 




We are flying across the Atlantic with Mrs Gilbert to North America this half term where will be locating significant rivers and mountains and comparing and contrasting the physical and human diversity of areas of high and low latitude. We will be investigating the differences between metropolitan and cosmopolitan and comparing and contrasting the housing for a typical person in Mexico City and in New York City, whilst exploring the phrase 'primate city'. At the end of this unit, the children will be able to explain why pollution in a river affects more than one population, using the Rio Grande as an example.