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.