We started reading the story Miki, wrote character descriptions, wrote predictions and came up with creative alternative endings for the story. After, using our knowledge from our Creative Curriculum learning, we were able to produce a report all about the life of Captain Robert Scott and used a range of conjunctions to link together factual information. In the final part of the term, we read the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. We loved the simple story of friendship and produced some fabulous writing based on the text, including a new beginning.
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 also learnt about inverse operations and found out how to check our answers from addition number sentences using a subtraction number sentence.
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. 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. During our final lesson the children really enjoyed having the opportunity to design their own house!
During the Autumn term in Shackleton we were studying The Polar Regions. We located these regions on a map and discussed why they were so cold! We researched the Inuit people and compared life for them now to what their life was like in the past. We investigated 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 practicing our cutting skills by creating snowflakes to decorate our classroom. We have created art work of the Antarctic using different media such as chalks, oil pastels, crayons and pencils. We Learned 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 weeks!
English and Creative Curriculum
Our work this term began with the fascinating topic of the Great Fire of London. We researched our topic and discovered important information such as when it began, how it started, why it spread so quickly and how it was eventually put out. As part of our learning, we learnt about key figures, including Thomas Farynor, Samuel Pepys and King Charles II. In English, we produced brilliant A3 information pages to help others find out about the fire. We made sure to include many features of a non-fiction text, including subtitles, labels, headings and captions! We then wrote diary entries, in the first person as Samual Pepys, like he did in 1666. We also used our persuasive writing skills to write a letter to the King, explaining the benefits of a fire brigade. In creative curriculum, we looked at how London changed after the fire. We were able to use our drawing and painting skills to create London cityscape collages, which we used as part of our classroom display.
The second half of the term began by focusing on non-fiction writing. We explored the life and achievements of Florence Nightingale and then wrote a report about her amazing life. We discovered how important her influence was on nursing and the changes she made to the health- care system. We were later able to visit the Kent Life Museum to find out even more about ‘The lady of the Lamp’ and how she lived. We had so much fun on our trip! Towards the end of the term, we thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl. In this story, a young boy named George creates the most spectacular medicine to make his cruel, nasty Grandma disappear. We were able to complete many writing activities based on this fantastic story, such as character and setting descriptions, diaries and letters in different character roles. We even made our very own medicine using many of the same bizarre ingredients that George used, including chilli powder, mustard, shaving cream, hairspray and even some (gummy) worms!
We were very busy in maths spring term! We began by investigating and comparing numbers using place value, related facts and greater than, less than or equal to symbols. We are now secure in understanding the place value of each digit in a number and we are able to combine tens and ones to make a two-digit number. We have continued to develop our number skills by using number lines and partitioning to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. One of our key focuses has been on word problems and we’ve become confident when solving these. We have used our learning about inverse operations to complete missing number problems and to check our answers. We have also focused on reciting our times tables and answering multiplication and division problems, using arrays. We know that multiplication is repeated addition and division is equal sharing. We have loved being challenged! Additionally, we have enjoyed sorting and comparing 2D and 3D shapes based on their properties and even used reasoning skills to answer shape problems. Finally, we ended the term with a focus on money. We practised using different combinations of coins to make the same amount as well as added and subtracted amounts of money. We have been working really hard!
In the spring term, Shackleton enjoyed beginning the year with our science topic ‘Living things and their habitat’. We looked at what it means to be living and the seven different things all living things must do to stay alive. We then learned about different habitats and the animals that live there. We discussed what different things animals need in order to survive and how animals are adapted to suit their environment. Furthermore, we explored food chains and discovered key vocabulary such as producer, consumer and top predator. We then ended the term with an exciting science week, all about ‘Exploration and Discovery.’ We carried out various scientific investigations this week including a lesson on camouflage. We collected different colour ‘caterpillars’ from the field and made a table based on our results. We were able to conclude that a living thing’s colour is suited to its surroundings so that it can blend in. This was shown by our results where we found out that the bright colour worms were found more often than the brown and green coloured worms. We also enjoyed carrying out a scientific enquiry to explore which living condition woodlice most prefer. We worked in groups to create a choice chamber which was split into four different section and each section had different conditions. We then placed woodlice into the chambers and observed their behaviour. We discovered woodlice prefer habitats that are dark and damp. Based on our results, we wrote a detailed conclusion, using scientific vocabulary.
To begin our summer term, we linked our nocturnal animals English topic with our creative curriculum lessons and enjoyed discovering a variety of nocturnal creatures such as kinkajous, flying squirrels, bats, hedgehogs and ocelots. We looked at their habitats, diets and adaptations and used our research to write a detailed report. In the summer term, we also enjoyed having Creative Curriculum week! The theme this year was ‘Where in the world is Welling?’ and we were delighted that we were able to investigate our very own local community. We looked at different maps of Welling, photographs of what it looked like in the past and even explored the artwork of William Morris, who once lived in ‘Red House’ in Bexleyheath. We looked closely at the natural elements he used within his work to design and create our own repeating or symmetrical patterns. During the second half of the summer term, we focused on rainforests. It was fascinating to find out about the rainforests around the world and explore some of the unique, remarkable creatures that live in these habitats. Finally, we learnt about the Yanomami tribe who live in the Amazon Rainforest in communal homes called Shabonos. We also enjoyed writing a diary from the perspective of a child from the tribe as it allowed us to compare our different ways of life. We even practised weaving to form baskets, similar to the Yanomami tribe who used them to collect goods from the rainforest.
At the beginning of the term, we loved reading ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl, a humorous tale of a pair of horrible twits who like to play tricks on each other. We produced some wonderful pieces of work based on the book such as; character descriptions using interesting adjectives, a wanted posted for the revolting Mr. Twit, setting descriptions using our senses, a persuasive letter from the Mugglewump monkeys and diary entries as various characters. We were shocked when our classroom was transformed into a scene from the story where Mr and Mrs. Twits’ living room was turned upside down by the Mugglewump monkeys and Roly-Poly bird. We even had bird pies, wormy spaghetti and Mrs. Twits’ eyeballs around our room- how disgusting! We loved using our imaginations and becoming immersed with the story. During the final part of the term we read ‘The Forgotten Forest’ by Lawrence Anholt, where we were very interested to find out about deforestation. We were able to choose whether we were for or against deforestation and used evidence to support our arguments in a debate. We really enjoyed using persuasive language and trying to convince our classmates. Later in the unit, a letter arrived from a tree named ‘Rosie’ who needed our help as she was to be chopped down in order to create more space. We didn’t want that to happen so we came up with strong arguments to save her and wrote persuasive letters to Miss Casey so that she wouldn’t be cut down.
In maths we have been applying our knowledge of place value to compare and order numbers using greater than, less than or equal to. We were able to find different combinations of tens and ones, place numbers on a number line and complete problem solving activities. We then focused our learning on fractions. We know that all parts of a fraction must be equal parts of the whole and explored the different ways groups can be split equally. We used our knowledge of multiplication facts and arrays to determine various fractions of an amount. We even explored equivalent fractions and know that 2/4 = 1/2. Later in the term, we applied our previous learning to solve challenging word problems involving the four operations as well as problems involving money. We then made sure to check our answers, using the inverse operation. In the second part of the summer term, we focused on measurement and were able to enjoy many practical lessons which allowed us to understand length, weight, capacity and temperature. We were able to use various measurement tools such as rulers, scales, measuring jugs and thermometers to practise our skills and make accurate measurements. Our favourite part of the unit was making potions during one of our capacity lessons where we had to measure out different amounts of rather strange ingredients such as frog’s breath or dragon’s blood in order to create potions!
In the summer term, we have been very enthusiastic about our dinosaur topic and finding out incredible facts and information about these creatures that once roamed the earth but are now extinct. We sorted and classified dinosaurs based on different criteria and discovered the many different ways they can be categorised. We had great fun creating dinosaur ‘top trump’ cards with key information about our chosen dinosaur, such as height, weight, habitat and defences. We also made sure to include a detailed drawing of our dinosaur as part of a scientific diagram. We learned that archaeologists are able to find out important facts about dinosaurs through fossils. We know that carnivorous dinosaurs had sharp, pointy teeth that allowed them puncture flesh, whereas herbivorous dinosaurs had flat, blunt teeth to enable it to chomp plants. Finally, we used our knowledge of a dinosaur’s diet to help us place them in food chains and determine whether they would be a primary or secondary consumer.