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Nightingale Class

 Nightingale

Autumn 

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English

We have been very busy already this term, beginning the year with our topic of Arctic and Antarctic. We have read a book called Miki, and were able to predict what would happen in the story and write in first person as a character. We have planned our own story based on 'Lost and Found', looking at the setting, the characters and the story detail. We have also learnt how to write notes to take down information and then we used these notes to create a report about penguins. We remembered to include the key features such as captions, labels, a heading, photographs and sub headings. We learnt about the features of a diary and were even able to write a diary as Captain Robert Scott, a famous British Explorer.

Maths

We began this year by learning about the tens and ones in a number by partitioning and looking to see what the number is made up of! This has been excellent for helping to make sure our place value knowledge is secure! We have also been learning about money and have investigated the coins that we use to pay and looked at how we can make different amounts using the least possible coins. We have been learning to use a number line to add and subtract two digit numbers, we are so confident now that we can even bridge our tens! We also learnt about inverse operations and found out how to check our answers from addition number sentences using a subtraction number sentence, we worked really hard on this one! We have also had great fun beginning to use arrays to answer multiplication and division equations.

Science

We began the year looking at plants, this term we have investigated the parts of the plants and also compared a range of seeds, observing closely what they look like and feel like! We had a go at planting ourselves and decided where the optimum condition for a seed to grow would be. Nightingale Class have also had lots of fun learning about materials! We have looked at different materials such as wood, clay, metal, plastic and paper and were able to sort them by their properties. We have also thought about why they are used for certain objects and decided wood is the best material for a shed because it is strong and waterproof.

Creative Curriculum

Our Creative Curriculum topic this term is the Arctic and the Antarctic. We began by investigating the animals that live in the Polar Regions and made silhouettes out of them using black card and white paper. We have had a great fun learning about the two cold Polar Regions, especially when we practiced our cutting skills by creating snowflakes to decorate our classroom.  We then moved on to learn about the race to the South Pole. We found out about Robert Scott, a British explorer who had wanted to be the first man there but he who was sadly was beaten by a Norwegian man called Roald Amundsen by only five week! We have also created art work of the Antarctic using different media such as chalks, oil pastels, crayons and pencils.

Spring

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English and Creative Curriculum 

We started this term by learning about the Great Fire of London. We have found out when it began, who started it and why it spread so quickly. We wrote diary entries, in first person as Samuel Pepys like he did in 1666. To ensure we voiced our opinions about the fire we also wrote persuasive letter to the King explaining the benefits of a fire brigade! We have also learnt about the important people of that time; Samuel Pepys, Thomas Farynor and King Charles II. In English we made brilliant A3 information pages to help others find out about the fire, complete with text, subtitles, labels and captions! We then started Spring 2 by focusing on non-fiction writing. We have produced fact sheets, information leaflets and have also written a non-chronological report about Florence Nightingale. We were also lucky enough to visit the Kent Life museum to find out more about Florence Nightingale, which we absolutely loved! We then moved on to reading The Twits, writing a character and setting description on the gruesome couple! We even wrote instructions to make a disgusting pie to trick the Twits, some of the ingredients included slimy eyeballs and hairy spider legs! 

Maths

In maths this term, we started by using number lines and portioning to solve addition and subtraction equations and word problems. We learnt how to use the inverse to check our answers to addition equations using a subtraction calculation. We have also focused on multiplications and division using arrays. This was exciting because we could use sweets to help us do this. We looked at multiplying as repeated addition and then division as sharing. It certainly was tricky. We have looked at ways to remember our times tables and also used our times tables to solve problems. We learnt how to at show this in our workings out with arrays. It has been hard work but now we are experts! We finished the term by learning about fractions, we have found that all parts of a fraction must be equal parts of a whole. We showed this practically using objects and this then helped us to find fractions of an amount. 

Science

The beginning of the year has been very exciting in science, we have looked at living things and their habitats. We investigated what all living things need to survive and how they are adapted to their habitats. We had to help Year 6 find their missing caterpillars, they had escaped all over the field. We found nearly all of the bright blue ones and most of the yellow ones but only a few green and no brown ones. We used bar charts to help us understand why this was. Our conclusion was that the brown caterpillars could camouflage successfully because the colour blended into the dirt. Our other science topic this term has been ‘Animals including Humans’. We looked at what it meant to be living and the seven different things all living things must do. Then we researched an animal’s basic needs, thinking about our pets and pets we would like. The children also thought about the changes that occur as we get older and the different stages of life.