Summer Term - 2018/19
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Spring Term - 2018/19
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Autumn Term - 2018/19
Throughout the Autumn term we have looked at a range of topics in Maths. We began by focussing on number and looked at place value across a range of different representations. We used concrete objects such as place value counters and dienes before looking at pictorial versions and finally abstract examples. This term, we were also introduced to the expanded column method to add and subtract 2/3 digit numbers. At first we found it tricky, but we were able to use our place value understanding to be able to do this. Once we got the hang of it, we were able to use and apply this skill to word problems as well as using it to reason to. We used our knowledge of inverse to support us in checking our answers. Finally, later on in the term we moved on to multiplication and division. We have been practising our times tables and using them to solve problems. We think ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ is really helping too! Knowing our times tables has helped us to make us more efficient when dividing and multiplying.
In English we have been reading the text Stig of the Dump and the children have really enjoyed the links this book has made into our Creative Curriculum work which is all about the Stone Age. Using our knowledge of the main characters we were able to write detailed character descriptions through using precise adjectives and adverbs. The children were brilliant in using expanded noun phrases to describe a character or scene so we looked deeper into descriptive language and used similes to help describe a character and scene. We explored dialogue through drama and we wrote letters to establish a viewpoint and make predictions. The children particularly enjoyed writing from the perspective of the fly on Stig's cave roof. Our work has provided us with opportunities to write in first person, use a range of conjunctions and prepositions and begin to use a comma to mark a clause. The children have been analysing different text types and we studied Non Chronological reports. As a result of this we can draft material, such as instructions, using headings and sub-headings to organise work. We can then use detail (In the form of descriptive language) to clarify information and we have also been learning to spell words with contracted forms correctly.
We have enjoyed looking at the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. We did this through various Geography, History, Art and DT lessons including creating time lines of this period, comparing what life was like between then and now and creating our very own Stone Age paintings. We have honed skills including map work, chronological understanding, asking questions, creating our very own stencils and working on tone and shading. We were able to develop a deeper knowledge of these time periods through our cross curricular work too.
This term our two science topics have been rocks and soils and forces. Throughout both of the topics there has been an underpinning of teaching children what a fair test is and the variables which contribute towards a fair test. As a result of this the children are confident in setting up practical investigations and can confidently record their findings in different ways and draw simple conclusions from them. We further developed our understanding of scientific vocabulary, learned how soil was made, discussed the different types of rock and we discussed why different types of rocks are used for different jobs based on their properties. The children were fascinated by rocks and soils and it got to the point where my desk was full of rocks! It is this curiosity and enthusiasm which breeds discussion though, so despite the mess, I was very happy with the learning achieved from this topic. Towards the end of this term, we carried out practical activities to observe how objects behave on different surfaces and we explored magnets and magnetic materials. The children were really excited to learn about magnets and we carried out a practical experiment to see which materials in the classroom were magnetic or not. We also carried out an experiment to test the strength of a magnet using iron filings.