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Happy New Year and welcome back to the Spring Term.

As the term moves on, we will be starting to do more preparation for our SATs in May, but there are plenty of other things we will be doing first! Our Geography and Science topics give us lots of opportunities for Outdoor Learning and we have trips planned both for Music and History.

One of our foci will be getting you ready for High School. You will be expected to take on more responsibility for your own organisation: making sure you have your own kit in school, getting your homework in on time.

We appreciate that many of you will be walking to school on your own and you may have your mobile phones with you. Mobile phones cannot be used in school. They have to be handed in as soon as you get to school, and you can collect them at the end of the school day.

It is even more important this year that you have your own, named water bottle in school.


Key Dates 
Liverpool PhilharmonicMonday 4th March 
Western Approaches, LiverpoolWednesday 20th March
SATsMonday 13th to Thursday 16th May 24
Plas CaerdeonMonday 24th June to Friday 28th June 24


Year SATs meeting for parents


It is really important that you complete your homework and read everyday. All of your homework is posted on the Rhinos' Google Classroom. Your homework will be set on Wednesday to be submitted by 9am on Tuesday. Homework club is run on Thursday lunchtimes so you can complete some homework in school.




The texts we are studying this term link in with our History and Geography.

In Spring 1 we will be looking at Autobiographical and Biographical writing based on the first ascent of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay. We will be basing our work around the text ‘Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’ by Alexandra Stewart and  Joe Todd-Stanton.

After half term we shall be moving on to look at World War 2. Our work is based on what life was like on the Home Front and shall be using ‘War Boy’ by Michael Foreman and clips from the Imperial War Museum to help us research what life was like.



We will start our maths this term looking at Ratio and will then move on to Percentages and Decimals. A lot of our work will be using units of measure, so make sure you keep revising the different conversions.

In preparation for our SATs we will be having and arithmetic session each week where we will keep going over the different mental and formal calculation methods we have used.

As we get to the end of the Spring Term we will be starting to go over SATs questions so that we are well prepared for our SATs in May.


Our unit for science in the first half term is Evolution and Adaption. In this topic we look at how fossils are made, what characteristics off spring inherit from their parents and how animals adapt to their environments.

After half term we shall be looking at Living Things including Humans. This will include researching the double circulatory system and how to keep ourselves healthy.


Our Geography is linking to our English and we will be looking at Mountains. We will find out about the different mountain ranges and the highest mountains in the world. We will also be studying how mountains are formed and the impact of humans on mountain envorinments.



After half term we shall be looking at the impact of the May Blitz on Liverpool in World War 2. We will be focusing on life on the Home Front including evacuation and rationing.


Mrs Gregg will be taking you for RE this year. This half term she will be asking one ‘Big Question’ about Christianity:

What are some of the differences and similarities between Christianity locally and globally?



Our Music this half term is leading up to our visit to the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in March. We shall be studying the different pieces that will be played at the concert  “Going for Gold: A Musical Olympics".



In computing, we shall be looking at animation and photo editing. Then we shall find out how to research information effectively.


Art and DT

In the first part of the Spring Term, we will be looking at mountains. We will start looking at the work of Mary Lloyd Jones and then develop our ideas to create collagraphs.

After half term, our DT unit is linked to our History where we will be making Dig for Victory Soups.



Mr Hall will be taking you for PE on Monday and Mr Kelly will be taking you on Wednesday. Make sure you have your PE kit in school on those days, a spare pair of socks is always a good idea in case the grass is wet. As the weather is colder make sure you have a hat and gloves as well.



In Spring 1 we shall be looking at the British Government and staging our own elections.

After half term, we shall be looking at welcoming differences and standing up to discrimination.