Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful
Stokeinteignhead Primary School
Curious, Determined, Resourceful and Respectful

Spring B

Beech Planning - Spring B - 2018

Maths weekly topics:

Subtraction, Measure/Time, Multiply, Divide/Fractions.  Each topic will begin with an assessment test to find out which areas need to be revised and/or developed.  The topic will finish with a test to check where progress has been made.  Each topic will involve practise in using mathematical skills and using these in context to solve word problems.


Literacy: Classic Contemporary Fiction and Recounts

The children will listen to 'The Sand Horse' by Michael Foreman.  They will answer questions about the story and consider use of the past tense. They will use hot-seating as the Sand Horse to stretch their imagination to ask and answer 

questions.  They will also become familiar with Michael Morpurgo's 'Jo Jo the Melon Donkey' and then go on to create their own version.  They will explore setting, use of adjectives to improve descriptions, use of exclamation marks,  commas in lists, past tense,  inventing characters and exploring the feelings of characters.

The children will learn about the structure and vocabulary of recounts by listening to and reading the fictional recounts 'Diary of a Wombat' and 'Diary of a Baby Wombat', both by Jackie French.  They will then plan and write a recount from their own experience using conjunctions to write longer sentences.


Science: Boats and Materials   

The children will relate their knowledge of materials to boat-building.  They will find out about container ships and conduct experiments about floating and sinking.  They will make predictions, record results and learn to explain their findings in objective language.  The children will then learn about different methods of powering boats and construct simple paddle and sail boats. They will also consider what boat shape is best and will explore how different shapes affect how a boat moves through water.  They will also consider other forms of power including electricity and will be introduced to the idea of circuits and how breaking a circuit can disrupt a power supply eg turning off a light.


History: Significant local events, people and places

The children will be finding out about the life and inventions of IK Brunel.  They will consider the significance of his inventions by looking at the changes his constructions made to the life of people in the 1800s.  The class will focus on his more local work eg the Saltash Bridge and the building of the railway in the South West of England.  They will find out about his life and his local links eg Brunel Manor which he designed and planned to live in for his retirement.


Art: Inspired by Brunel

Design and make a bridge using construction materials e.g. lego or knex.

Evaluate their ideas from last week to make bridge using junk modelling.

Sketch the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Design a new bridge using ideas from existing designs.  Use their imagination to bring it to life using collage and oil pastels.

Portrait of Brunel including his bridges, boats and other engineering accomplishments in the background.

and finally... Using joining techniques to assemble Easter boxes.


Music: Kip will be leading a singing and short story based project on instruments over five lessons. 


RE: Belonging

Through finding out about beliefs and celebrations from the Chirstian and Hindu faiths, the children will consider the importance of belonging and how they feel that they belong.


The class will find out about some of the key teachings of Hinduism, consider their special book and become familiar with a well-known story from their teachings.  The children will also find out about the celebration of Holi and experiment with paint although they will not be able to fully embrace the celebration by covering each other in paint!  They will also listen to stories and teachings from the Bible and consider the meaning of Easter celebrations. 



Sessions with coaches from Torquay United will continue to take place on Monday afternoons.  The children will also continue their Funfit sessions on most Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Revision of past tense - adding -ed,   common irregular past tense

Past progressive

The /r/ sound spelt wr at the beginning of words.

Revise  –ful helpful, careful

Teach that an /or/ sound before l or ll sound is frequently spelt with the letter a,

Teach compound words.

 Teach that an /or/ sound can be spelt ar after w.

Teach homophones     be/bee      write/right   one/won             son/sun     blue/blew    new/knew          Here/hear  wear/where    bare/bear    To/two/too      there, their, they're

Tch or ch

g - giant (before i,e,y)

/j/     -dge – badge (follows short vowels),  -ge – cage

Teach prefix un-

The /l/ sound spelt -el at the end of words.

The /l/ sound spelt –al at the end of words

Words ending –il (there are not many of these)

Teach adding the suffix  –ment and –ness in the context of changing a word to a noun, e.g. –ment changes a verb to a noun and –ness changes an adjective to a noun.

Revise doubling consonant when adding –ing, -er, -est and -y

Add the endings –ing, -ed, -er, -est, and –y to words ending in –e with a consonant before it. The –e is dropped except in the word “being”.

Teach : -ur,  -er, - ir, -ear –our, -ere.

When an /ur/ sound follows the letter w (not qu) it is usually spelt or.

Teach /zh/ sound spelt s eg television.