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Fruit for Fun!

What are we learning about?

Our topic this half term is ‘Fruit for Fun!’  Here, we will learn about funky fruits from all over the world! During our English sessions, we will explore one of Roald Dahl’s famous books, George’s Marvellous Medicine.  Whilst reading the text, we will even get to create our own marvellous medicine ready for someone to taste…!  In Science, we will be growing different seeds and write about the outcome of different variables. Our topic sessions will enable us to learn all about food from around the world.  We will sample different fruits and use this to create our own fruity kebabs! In true Swift style, we will create a giant display showing what we have found out for all to see!


At the start of the term, we will look at one of Roald Dahl’s famous books, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine.’  Children will be immersed in the text through reading the book, unpicking language features that the author has used and the characters created.  This will help them to write a detailed character description on the ‘grunion’ of what George calls his Grandma, make up a marvellous poem linked to the one in the book and of course write their very own recipe for their own marvellous medicine! Once written, children’s recipes will be re-written and made into a class book to be treasured in our reading corner for all to share!


In Maths, we will be continuing our work on measurement by looking at telling the time to 15 minutes past and 5 minutes past.  From this, children will review their learning on number.  In particular:  place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a range of different contexts. Children will be applying their skills to mastery problems and challenges set throughout sessions.


As well as this, we will revisit 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and look at statistics, which will be applied during our Art and DT sessions when looking at different fruits!

Learning Opportunities

This term we will get the opportunity to sample different fruits from around the world.  This will help us to link which countries the fruit came from and why, during our Geography sessions.  As well as this, we will create our own fruity kebabs to help us write a set of instructions for others to try!  Our English sessions will allow us to practice key skills, which will be applied across the whole curriculum.  In Art, we will be studying the work of Cezanne, his fruit paintings and creating some close-up sketches / paintings of fruit using different mediums and techniques.

How can you help?

You can help your child this term by researching where different foods come from and why.  Children will be asked to bring in a food packet from another country, allowing them to find out about that country in depth. Practicing the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables with your child would be a huge help, especially for the Math’s arithmetic paper, which will be happening later this ½ term along with the other papers.


As well as this, please continue to encourage your child to read their book daily and bring their logs and book back to school, signed by Friday at the latest so we can track their progress and help the children collate as many stickers as they can on their bookmarks.  Also, please continue to encourage your child to complete the homework tasks sent home every week, these are related to the SATs tests that are fast approaching this half term.  As always, thank you for amazing support, everything that you’re doing at home makes such a huge difference! We really do appreciate EVERYTHING that you are all doing! J