Spring Term Literacy
This term in literacy we travelled back in time, hundreds of millions of years. Our literacy text was 'Pebble in my Pocket' written by Meredith Hooper. This book follows the 65million + year journey of a rock through time.
We began by writing poetry about our perfect pebbles. Next, as the pebble went prehistoric, we learnt all about dinosaurs and wrote some amazing non fiction facts files all about triceratops.
Finally, as the rock got closer to the modern age, we discovered how our planet is changing. Climate change and global warming are affecting the planet and we decided we wanted to do something about that. We learnt how to write persuasively and we wrote a letter to the prime minster of the UK himself telling him what he needed to do to help in the fight against climate change.
Spring Term Numeracy
In maths, we have had a big focus on multiplication and division. We have developed our calculation skills, paying specific attention to new strategies we can use to help us when the numbers are bigger. We learnt how to multiply and divide using a blank number line, the grid method and through chunking. We also continued to reinforce our knowledge of the use of practical resources.
We have also begun a new initiative called Number Sense, a programme designed to help us master our times tables and are loving it so far!
Spring Term Science
As always, our science has been truly fascinating. We have learnt about three key areas of science: Teeth, Digestion and Food Chains.
We began by learning how many teeth humans have (20 for children, 32 for adults if you must know) and the different kinds of teeth we have. We have incisors, canines, premolars and molars and how each tooth serves a specific function. Amazingly, animals have the same types of teeth as humans, and the number of each type they have depends on what they eat. You can even tell what an animal ate just by looking at the teeth in the skeleton. We learnt how the teeth and mouth are the first step in the digestion process.
Our digestive system is weird, fascinating and a little gross. We learnt the function of the oesophagus, stomach, small intestine and large intestine and as you can see from the pictures below, had a lot of fun doing so.
Finally, we delved into the world of animals. We learnt that a food chain shows the movement of energy between living things. We used key words such as producer, consumer, predator, prey, scavenger, herbivore and carnivore to create sensational presentations showcasing what we know about food chains.
Spring Term Other
As if all of that was not amazing enough, we have also done a huge amount more.
In P.E., we have been developing our balances and jumps through gymnastics and in our Games lessons we have been learning how to throw, catch and lob tennis balls.
On our D&T days, we built pavilions out of everyday objects including lollipop sticks, pipe cleaners, card, paper, glue and lots of hard work. Our pavilions had to be a fun hang out space for a demographic of our choice. We have also used water bottles and electrical equipment to make our own torches.
Our PSHE lessons have continued to educate us on how to be kind to each other and we had a particular focus on online safety.
Autumn Term Literacy
In our literacy we have been enjoying 'The Wild Robot' by Peter Brown as our focus text. The story follows the adventures of Roz the Robot who finds herself learning about a brand new world after being stranded on an island. We have written diary entries, pretending we were the otter that discovered Roz, and learned how to be amazing writers that include adjectives, adverbs, adverbial phrases and fronted adverbials in their work.
Autumn Term Numeracy
We started off this year by consolidating some core numeracy skills including place value, adding and subtracting. We re-familiarised ourselves with how to use all of the maths resources we have in school and the benefit of using them to help us visualise number sentences. We have also been introduced to some new written calculation strategies to help us solve those trickier number problems.
Autumn Term Science
In science, our focus has been on 'Living Things and their Habitats'. We delved into the world of animals and plants. Did you know you can classify living things into different groups based on shared characteristics? We learnt that within the vertebrate classes (animals that have a backbone) there are: mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds. In the invertebrate classes (animals that don't have a backbone) there are: insects, annelids, arachnids and molluscs.
We looked at some real life invertebrates and identified some key features.
We have also classified plants into flowering and nonflowering and what this actually means scientifically speaking.
We have also learnt the importance of caring for our planet. Different animals and plants need different things to survive and we can help with that. By picking up litter, walking more and driving less and not damaging the environment around us we can help living things thrive in their own habitats.
Autumn Term Other
In our outdoor learning sessions we have developed our resilience, teamwork and collaboration skills through a series of active activities. We have built dens, put up tents and learnt how to tie a clove hitch knot.
In our art lessons we enjoyed learning about a famous artists called Paul Cezanne and had a got painting mountains in his unique style. We also tried our hand at carving sculptures of fish using blocks of soap.
On top of all of this we have also been learning about computing in ICT, attacking and defending whilst playing football in games lessons, learning a street dance routine in indoor P.E. and have also been sea swimming down at Cobo. What a busy half term we've had!