Blue Spruce

Image of Blue Spruce branches

What if There Were No Rainforests?

In term five and six, Blue Spruce are venturing into the heart of South America and exploring the Amazon rainforest.  We will be discovering what lives in the many layers of the Amazon rainforest and learning what we can do to protect the world’s ever decreasing rainforests.

In English, we are reading The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry.  We’ll be using our best persuasive skills to write letters, fighting for more protection of the rainforests.  We’ll be developing many literary skills throughout the term to support us with writing our own, UK based, ‘The Great Kapok Tree’. 

In term five science, we are investigating living things and their habitats.  Linking with this term’s geography, we will be discovering where differnet species live and how we can ensure the preservation of these homes and the species that live there.

Do not hesitate to get in touch: ddiplock@beckley.e-sussex.sch.uk

Home learning useful links:

www.purplemash.com – children can login and explore resources to support all areas of the curriculum, complete tasks and play games

www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning – use this link to watch videos for your year group.

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 – great for testing your mathematical recall

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online/ebooks-audiobooks/ebooks/ – you can download ebooks for free from the library service

www.pobble365.com – a fantastic website that publishes a new image every day as a stimulus for writing, with hints and exercises to get the creative juices flowing

Staff

Class Teacher: Miss Diplock
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Griffiths

Reminders

  • Term 5: Blue Spruce have swimming on Tuesday.  Please ensure the children have thier swimming kit each Tuesday of this term.
  • Reading records are to be in school every day. Please ensure your child is reading with an adult at least three times a week. Please ensure adults write a comment into your child’s reading record when you have heard them read.
  • Spelling homework will be given every Monday, following a spelling lesson. The children will have time, every day, to practice their spellings at school but please do read the words through with your children ensuring they understand the meaning and how to use them.
  • Activities to support spelling practice: spelling-selection-activities

Knowledge Organisers

The Blue Spruce Gallery

Blue Spruce had a fantastic time at Smuggler’s Adventure in Hastings. Although it was quite scary to start with, our eyes adjusted to the gloom and we learnt about how smugglers used crafty ways to bring contraband into England. We were even lucky enough to eat our lunch on the beach and have a ride on the West Hill Lifts.

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When learning about the Earth, we used plasticine to mould the different layers from the inner core all the way to the crust.

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Here we are making the decoration for our recycled drums. We used a wax-resistant technique and some action painting to create our finished designs.

Our author visit from Thomas Taylor, who illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and is the author of The Eeerie-on-Sea series.

Little Gate Farm – decorating their Christmas tree with our hand made ornaments.

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