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Spring 2 (The Environment)

Key Vocabulary for the Half Term


  • Biodiversity – The variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular habitat, a high level of which is usually considered to be important.
  • Sustainability – Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
  • Conservation – The preservation, protection or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife.
  • Ecological – To do with the relation of living organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.


This half term in R.E we have been focussing on the teachings of Jesus. This lesson we were considering his thoughts on right and wrong through the words of Mother Teresa.


We're super proud!🌟🌟

Alexander and Kieran showed a wonderful act of kindness on their way home the other day. A younger child from our school was pushing his bike and Alexander and Kieran saw that his chain had come off. They offered to repair his bike ,working together they put a big smile back on his face.Thank you boys,you're both a great example to others!


This week we have been learning about the lifecycles of monotremes and marsupials.

Marsupial- A mammal of an order whose members are born incompletely developed and are typically carried and suckled in a pouch on their mother's belly.


Monotreme- Monotremes do not grow their young inside their bodies. They lay soft-shelled eggs instead of giving birth to live babies.

Amber, Sammy and Darcey produced excellent work showing the lifecycles of the koala and kangaroo, well done!


Well the weather has certainly challenged us this week but in true Smalley style the children have 'rugged up' and shown resilience ! Class 5 have taken part in cycling and road safety training  with 'Big on Bikes'.

Apart from being great fun ,cycling keeps us fit, getting us outside and active. It relieves stress,builds confidence,improves social skills  and has a positive effect on mental health.


World Book Day

This week we have celebrated our love of books by having a pop up library. Class 5,Class1 and their parents, enjoyed reading books together.

Some of Class 5 have shared their favourite books and authors.


At the moment,I'm reading 'The Ice Monster' by David Walliams. It's about children that find a woolly mammoth in the ice caps. I'm really enjoying this book!


At home,I'm reading 'Rise Up' by Amanda Li. It's about children from around the world,facing different challenges.One person is Greta Thunburg and climate change.I enjoy reading it before I go to bed.

Olivia and Seren

Our favourite author is David Walliams.His books are full of humour are very creative.'The World's Worst Teacher' is one of our favourite reads.We read on the way to school and snuggle up with Mum for bedtime reads.


I enjoy books by Tom Fletcher.I like the challenging vocabulary and they're suitable for all ages. Reading helps me relax when I go to bed.









(by Theo C)

Today in Science, we have been looking at metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is a significant change during an animal's life. This helped us understand the difference in animals and nature's biodiversity.



(by Lily)

In Geography this half term, we have been focusing on rainforests across the globe. Our core text is 'Natural World', we have been using this to learn about the four layers of a rainforest. We have also been learning about the animals you find in these layers. Biodiversity is important to all rainforests because it helps animals and plants keep balanced in their ecosystem. 

Physical Education


(explanation by Lucy)

Bikeability has begun! Class 5 are excited to welcome 'Big on Bikes' into our school for cycling and road safety training. Learning to ride a bike is important in so many ways; exercise, saving the environment, even for our mental health. Riding bikes is a sustainable source of travel. Instead of driving a car everywhere and burning lots of fossil fuels (that pollute our air) riding bikes is a healthy and clean method of transportation.


My Town

This half term in Spanish, Year 5 have been looking at the topic "My Town", learning vocabulary to describe their local shops and buildings in conversation, along with being able to say and write their address too.

Mi Direccion es....

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Sharing our Core Texts

(2nd March 2022)

As part of our book week we had a very special assembly this Wednesday. Representatives from each class took the opportunity to share the book their class will be focussing on this half term. They went on to explain how their book fits into our whole school theme of ‘Saving our Environment’. It was a joy to see children sharing their enthusiasm of reading and looking forward to a half term packed with learning.

Our Core Texts


Class 1 - Window

Author and Illustrator: Jeannie Baker


Class 2 - Greta and the Giants 

Author: Zoë Tucker Illustrator: Zoe Persico


Class 3 - Once Upon a Raindrop (The Story of Water) 

Author: James Carter Illustrator: Nomoco


Class 4 - The Lost Book of Adventure  

Author: Unknown Author Editor: Teddy Keen


Class 5 - Natural World

Authors: Amanda Wood & Mike Jolley Illustrator: Owen Davey


Class 6 - Greta's Story (The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet)

Author: Valentina Camerini Translation:  Moreno Giovannoni Illustrator: Veronica Carratello