This term in English, we have been reading the text “Beowulf and Grendel’ Using expanded noun phrases, we have written some effective character descriptions. We have used the text to identify the thoughts and feelings of a character and applied this when writing letters using emotive language. During the second half of the Autumn term, we read ‘The Littlest Viking’. Based on this text we wrote some really persuasive arguments, including rhetorical devices. We also used this text as a stimulus for our story writing.
In Maths, we started the year with a focus on place value in number. This included rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 and developing our understanding of negative numbers. We have been learning a variety of methods to add and subtract effectively, including partitioning, the column method and using a number line. We have been finding out how to use the inverse to check our answers. In the second half of the term, we have been practising our times table skills and applying these when using partitioning and the grid method to multiply larger numbers. Throughout the term we have been talking and reasoning about our work and explaining how we found our answers.
How is sound made? This is what we have been investigating this term in science. We have used practical investigations to find out how sound is made and how we can change the pitch and volume of a sound. Following this, we studied animals and their habitats. We found out about the classification of animals and went on a minibeast hunt around the school. We used our discoveries to create classification keys.
This term we have been learning about the Anglo-saxons and the Vikings. We have found out about when they lived and where they came from. We researched the clothes they wore, what everyday life was like and the jobs they did. We have studied Anglo-Saxon and Viking gods and designed and created our own Viking Longships.
What is it? That is the question Rowling class were asking at the start of the Spring Term when we wrote some puzzling riddles using descriptive techniques, including expanded noun phrases and similes. We then looked at non-fiction texts, researching and writing our own information texts linked to our work on the Tudors. Continuing our focus on The Tudors, we read a book called ‘My Friend Walter’, about a girl who met the ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh. From this we wrote our own historical stories about the ghost of Henry VIII who our character meets at Hever Castle and they get into all sorts of mischief! This term we have been focusing on using co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions and fronted adverbials to improve our sentences. Following our fantastic trip to Hever Castle, we wrote recounts describing our day using time adverbials and paragraphs. The final week of the Spring term was Book Week. This included a fun week of activities based on the Roald Dahl book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.
During the Spring term, we have been developing our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in order to deepen and challenge our maths learning. We have looked at using different methods to multiply and divide larger numbers and decided on which was the most efficient method. We have studied the topic of fractions, learning about equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator and from one whole. We have also learnt to find the area of shapes by counting squares or using multiplication. Our times table knowledge is improving but lots of practise is always needed!
For the first half of the term, we studied the three states of matter – solid, liquid and gas. We learnt about how particles behave differently in each and how they change when we increase or decrease the temperature. During Science Week, we enjoyed exploring and discovering the effect of yeast by trying to blow up balloons. We used lots of science investigative skills, planning, carrying out, recording and forming conclusions about our science investigations and impressed people with our accurate scientific vocabulary. During the second half of the term, we found out about and created electrical circuits. We investigated insulators and conductors and decided which material would make the best switch.
Terrible Tudors, was our topic for the Spring term. We started by looking at the start of the Tudor reign and ordering events on a timeline. After, we found out what life would be like in Tudor times and the different social classes. Divorced, beheaded, survived… Henry VIII was a fascinating person to learn about and we even had a visit from the man himself during our class assembly! We finished off the term with an informative and fun day at Hever Castle where we toured the castle and experienced games that the Tudors would play.