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Summer 1 - Australia and around the world

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Australia

Oh my goodness, what an exciting half term, the weeks have flown by!

Our topic this term was Australia and we have been busy learning all about the country. We started by looking at a map of Australia and finding special landmarks. We learned the names of all the Australian states and made posters in Literacy to advertise the country to tourists from abroad. We made Australian biscuits called Anzac biscuits and used what we learned to write our own recipes. They were delicious!

In Maths we have been learning all about weighing and measuring. We weighed objects using cubes on a balance scale and then ordered our items by weight. We looked at capacity and learned how to make a scale on a container.

We have also been learning to find 1 more and 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than a number to 100. We’re getting really good at this and don’t always need a hundred square to help us anymore! We’re starting to look at fractions and are beginning to understand how to find half of an even number.

In Topic we have been finding out about compass directions and followed directions around the playground to find hidden treasure! We carried out fieldwork by making measurements outside and by seeing what physical and human features we could spot. We used the information to make a map of the playground, with a key to show us what the symbols meant.

For Science this term, we have been learning about the different Seasons. We have looked at the changes in weather and talked about the different clothes we need to wear at different times of the year. We found out how trees change throughout the year and learned how to stay safe in the sun in Summer.

In ICT we are starting to understand that algorithms are sets of instructions. We used the app ‘Scratch Junior’ to make our own algorithms to make characters move around the screen.

In Art and Design we looked at Australian dot art and used the technique to make our own pictures. We have made a collage of the Great Barrier reef and used this as inspiration to design a pattern that could be used on a t-shirt or wallpaper. We had a fantastic time making 3d pictures of Sydney Opera house for BATS day!

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