During the Autumn term, we have based our writing in around two key texts: My Friend Walter by Michael Morpurgo and The Thief, the Fool and the Big Fat King by Terry Deary, which also links with our Creative Curriculum topic (The Terrible Tudors). We have regularly been practising spelling, punctuation and grammar to ensure our work is written to the best of our ability. This term we have been looking at different ways commas are used; how to write compound and complex sentences; adding relative clauses to sentences, in order to be more descriptive; understanding the importance of adverbials to improve the fluency of our writing and how brackets, dashes and commas can be used to form parenthesis.
In Maths this term, we have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We have grasped using various mental strategies for all four operations (subtraction, addition, division and multiplication) and we have also done a lot of work around angles: working with protractors to accurately draw and measure angles as well as find missing angles based on known facts.
In Creative Curriculum, we have interpreted various historical sources of evidence and can now explain why there are sometimes different versions of a historical event. We have looked at the reliability of sources when comparing images of Henry VIII to a written account by one of his close friends - the two were very different! We’ve compared Tudor life to life as we now know it. Furthermore, we have closely examined inventories left from deceased Tudors. From this, we were able to identify the difference between wealthy and poor Tudors by the type of possessions left behind to their families.
In Science, we have looked at animals, including humans and properties of materials. We have sought after patterns, analysing the relationship between the gestation period of animals compared with their mass. We also had great fun measuring the heights of children in different year groups to gather our own data. We have enjoyed many practical investigations throughout the term, including observing the time taken for different types of sugar to dissolve in hot water as well as how different cups affect the time taken for a hot drink to cool down, using observational skills to read thermometers at consistent time intervals.