During the Autumn term, Pepys loved learning about the Arctic and Antarctic. We were able to locate these regions on the map, researched and found out about the Inuit people, looked at different artefacts from the past and present and found out about ‘The Race to the South Pole’. The children also used their precise cutting skills to create beautiful snowflakes, polar animal silhouettes and were able to explore different weather patterns in the Arctic; using this information to plot a graph.
In English at the beginning of the term, we created A3 non-fiction page all about penguins by carrying out research, asking and answering questions and learning about the features of non-fiction writing. We then had great fun working towards writing an alternative ending to a story, basing our writing on the book, Miki written by Stephen Mackey. In this delightful story, Miki is taken deep below the ice to find the star, whilst up top, Penguin and new friend Polar Bear start to worry about her… Using our knowledge from our creative curriculum learning, the children were able to produce a report all about the life of Captain Robert Scott and they used a range of conjunctions to link together factual information. In the final part of the term, we loved reading the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, which the class hugely enjoyed writing an alternative beginning for. The story is a simple tale about a boy and a penguin and their growing friendship.
Within, maths we have been very busy! Each day the children have been working hard on their times tables and counting, being able to count forwards and backwards in odd or even numbers and 10s from any number. We have been learning to partition, order and sequence numbers. This has been vital for helping to make sure our place value understanding is secure. As well as this, we have also been learning about money, have enjoyed exploring how we pay for things and looked at how we can make different amounts using the least amount of coins. We also understood how to accurately use a number line to add and subtract two digit numbers and we are becoming so confident at this! We also looked at using arrays to find fractions of amounts as well as using arrays in multiplication and division.
In science, Pepys began with our ‘Plants’ topic and the children were able to get very hands-on with planting and observing. We took our learning outside to plant daffodil bulbs and wrote a guide to planting. We made predictions, sorted different seed types and planted broad beans in different conditions, keeping a bean diary along the way. We also devised our own conclusions to our experiments so that the children were able to explain what they had found out. In the second part of the Autumn term our topic was ‘Materials’ and we explored properties and uses, created a poster about wood, designed a shoe and sorted different materials out into categories. During our final lesson the children really enjoyed having the opportunity to design their own house. They needed to think about suitable materials for the different parts and suggested reasons as to why certain materials would be better than others.
We have been working extremely hard this term, beginning with our topic of The Great Fire of London. We found out about how harsh the fire was and how it was eventually put out. As part of our learning, we found out about key figures that were alive at the time of the fire, including Thomas Farynor, Samuel Pepys and King Charles II. As part of our learning, we produced amazing A3 information pages all about the famous fire, complete with subtitles text, labels and captions, which looked fantastic! During the second half of the term, we were lucky enough to visit the Kent Life museum to find out about Florence Nightingale, which we absolutely loved! We were able to understand that she was a highly significant figure in history who changed nursing and were able to write about this in a report based on her life. Towards the end of the term we thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl, the story of young boy who created the most incredible medicine to make his cruel, bad tempered Grandma disappear. We found out about the most bizarre ingredients that George used in his medicine and made our very own medicine which was a lot of fun! As well as this we wrote character descriptions, setting descriptions and a letter in role of a character which we enjoyed sharing as a class.
We began this term by investigating and comparing different numbers in terms of hundreds, tens and ones using the greater than, less than or equal to symbols. This has been great for helping to make sure our place value understanding is secure. We have also been learning about different types of numbers including odd and even numbers and used reasoning to find out about adding and subtracting patterns when using these types of numbers. One of our key focuses has been on word problems and we’ve become confident when solving these! We have used the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations to tackle both one and two step word problems involving items, money and measures. Using a number line we have continued to add and subtract and more recently have begun to move onto partitioning to add two or three numbers together. We had a lot of fun sorting and comparing 2D and 3D shapes and loved assembling nets to make 3D shapes, as well as comparing the properties of different shapes. Additionally, we have continued to learn about inverse operations and worked with missing number problems where we found out how to check our answers from one number equation to another using the inverse operation. On top of this amazing learning we have also become experts at using arrays to find fractions of an amount. How busy we’ve been!
Pepys had lots of fun this term focusing on the topic ‘Animals including Humans’. We investigated what seven things all living things must do and what they need to do to stay alive. The children were able to find out about the different stages of human life and how we change as we grow with age. We also found out about pet care and what different things animals need in order to survive, as well as looking at how animals are adapted to and suited to their habitats. As part of Science Week this term, which was all about ‘Exploration and Discovery’, we enjoyed carrying out a scientific enquiry to explore which living condition woodlice most prefer. We worked in groups to create a choice chamber using a shoe box which had four different sections into which the woodlice could travel and then we waited to discover which chamber was the most preferred. After carrying out the investigation we analysed our results and wrote a detailed conclusion which focused on using scientific vocabulary and conjunctions to make our writing more sophisticated.
Our Creative Curriculum topic this term was The Great Fire of London which we really loved learning about! We found out about chronological order and used a timeline on which to place key dates from this time in history as well as looking at how London changed after the fire. We were able to use our drawing and painting skills to create fire flames, which we used as part of our classroom display. As well as this, we found out about Florence Nightingale, ‘The Lady of the Lamp’ where we learnt about her life and discovered what a remarkable woman she was!