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Spring 2023

Week commencing 13th March 2023


This week in maths, the children have been continuing with their learning on measurement. During our Solve it! session they looked at non-standard units of measure such as hands, feet, paperclips and had a go at using these to measure items around the classroom. In English, as part of our learning about figurative language the children were introduced to similes and metaphors.


In Computing this week, the children looked at different plans for animations and critiqued them. They made their own plan and created a setting using a backdrop and cut out figures. They used this to make their own stop frame animation. They had a lot of fun. In PE they have begun tennis and are learning about the different ways to hit the ball.


Homework this week is English, pages 12 and 16 are to be completed and returned to school no later than Wednesday 22nd March.

A snapshot of our week

Week commencing 6th March 2023


This week in maths the children have been learning to measure in metres, centimetres and millimetres as well as convert between different units of measure and solving related problems. In English we have been learning to write noun phrases and expanded noun phrases to include within our writing.

In computing, we have been creating stop frame animation. The children began by using the iMotion app with onion skinning to make a simple stick figure move. They understood that they needed to be careful to keep the same distance with the iPad from their whiteboard to prevent unnecessary movement. They then progressed on to using different items such as the colour monsters in our classroom. The children were very creative.


Homework this week, is maths which is to be returned to school no later than Friday 17th March. Spellings can be found at the top of the page.

A snapshot of our week

Week commencing 27th February 2023


In maths this week, we have been learning to measure in metres,  centimetres and millimetres. We have learned that 1 cm is equivalent to 10 millimetre and have been using our previous knowledge of multiplying and dividing by 10 to convert between the two. On Friday, we had fun measuring everyday items within school using either a trundle wheel, metre stick or ruler.


In English, we used our prediction skills to make a thoughtful guess on what our new book is about.


In art, we are going to be creating an class installation of artificial flowers. Our stimulus was the following poem. We began by observing real flowers and drawing them before dissecting them and labelling the parts.



Home work this week, is English and the weekly spellings for this half term is at the top of the page. Please not that weekly spellings can be practised on Spelling shed each week.

Week commencing 13th February 2023


This week in maths we have been completing our work on multiplication and division by looking at dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number with remainders. We used dividing sticks to support our understanding. We also looked at scaling. 

In English, we finished our letters to the Rainforest Trust UK. We made sure to highlight a specific point and explain its impact. We are looking forward to receiving their response. In Science, we looked at soil permeability by conducting an investigation with 3 different types of soils. We placed the different soils in filter paper and poured the same amount of water through it. We then observed the water filtering through before measuring it to see which soil was the most permeable. From this we understood that clay like soils absorb more water whilst sandier soils allow easier drainage. In art we undertook observational drawing of items in nature such as branches, cones, seeds etc. We then used ink to add colour and detail.

Week commencing 6 February 2023


This week in Maths we have been furthering our knowledge of multiplying 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers by using numbers that require an exchange. In our Solve it! session we investigated what happens when we multiplied an odd number by an even number using arrays and number lines to support our knowledge.


After reading about deforestation, alongside our class book 'The Great Kapok Tree'  we have decided to write a letter to Rainforest Trust UK to express our concerns about the future of the rainforests. We have begun by ensuring we structure our letter correctly and have been formulating a powerful introductory paragraph.


In science, we have been learning about how soil forms. We decided to make a compost bin for the classroom from materials found within the school's vegetable garden.


In PSHE the children have been developing their knowledge about natural resources, how they form and why they form where they are. Many children were surprised to learn of the uneven distribution of natural resources around the world.

Week commencing 30th January 2023


This week in maths we have been multiplying 2 digit numbers by 1 digit using a place value grid to support our understanding. We have found this quite tricky but are persevering.

In English, we have been learning more about deforestation in preparation for writing a letter to the Rainforest Trust UK next week.  We have also been learning about contractions, for example: didn't, wouldn't he'll etc.  Were getting good at spotting them in the different texts that we read.

Week commencing 9th Jan 2023


In maths, we have been working on our 3 and 4 multiplication tables. Our 'Solve it!' session this week was to test our multiplication mettle against each other whilst playing games.  You can support your child with their multiplication and division recall by using Times Table Rock Stars.


In English, we have been reading the Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry. The children are beginning to gain an understanding of the importance of the tree and thoroughly enjoyed our drama session where they played different animals whispering into the loggers ear asking him not to cut down their home.


In our Topic lesson, the children became researchers to find out information about the Viking way of life. They are really enjoying learning about the Vikings and key historical events.  Today during golden time the children re-enacted the Battle of Hasting. Mae was a victorious William and Anya a spectacular Harold. 


Homework this week is English, pages 29 and 32 are to be completed and returned to school no later than Wednesday 18th January.

A Snapshot of our week

Week Commencing 4 January 2023


The children have settled back into school brilliantly this week after a much needed Christmas break.  In maths, this half term we will be looking at the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication and division tables as well as recapping our 5 and 10 multiplication tables. Quick recall of these tables will help support the children with their maths work. The children each have their own login and password for Times Tables Rock Stars where they can practise and secure their knowledge of their multiplication and division tables. Click on the link below to access Times Table Rock Stars.


Times Table Rock Stars


Please note the new spelling list at the top of the page. The children can use their Spelling Shed login details to practise their weekly spellings online, in a fun way. Click on the link below to access Spelling Shed.


Spelling Shed