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Term 2

Curriculum overview for Term 2

Thursday 3rd  December - exploring water resistance

Before we began the practical investigation testing water resistance, we discussed how it feels to walk through water and consider how our position in water causes us to sink or float. If your body is upright, you will sink whereas if you spread out like a starfish on your back you can float. We linked this to our previous learning about parachutes and air resistance—the greater the surface area of the canopy ,the more air resistance and the slower it fell.  We realised that if you spread your weight out, you increase your surface area so more of you experiences water resistance

Another key term we learned was streamlined—this affects how quickly or slowly objects move through water.


Monday 7th December


We understand division much more clearly now as we used numicon to demonstrate the bus stop method. This made place value columns and the movement of remainders much more obvious.

Wednesday 2nd December

In English we have been identifying ways in which authors create tension.

Studying the War of the Worlds enabled us to identify these. A terrifying account of the main character hiding from a spine-chilling alien demonstrated the power of vocabulary choice. We focused on verbs, adverbs and adjectives as well as figurative language such as metaphors. We felt the difference between a basic word choice and a specific verb by acting out the tension filled passage. The difference between ‘sat’ and ‘crouched’, and ’looked’ and ’peered’ became obvious. 


Tuesday 1st December - Music

In Music we are learning to play the notes B, A, G on the recorder. We recapped our learning from last lesson, in which we clapped out a rhythm before playing the note B on the recorders. Then we progressed to playing A and G. We were then able to play the notes in different rhythms. We enjoyed playing ‘Play it back’ too!


Tuesday 1st December - learning skills for basketball


We love playing sports and are able to make links with previous skills learned in other games, so we know these are transferable and will support us in basketball.


Monday 30th November - long multiplication


We learned that there is a quicker, more efficient method for long multiplication than grid method, as worked in our pairs to understand this method today. We were helped by a turtle! Turtle multiplication helps us to remember the order for the process and makes sure we don’t leave anything out. Laying the turtle egg has become a code for us, we know it means putting zero as a placeholder in the ones column when we move on to multiplying the tens.



Friday 27th November

What an exciting way to finish this incredibly busy week!

We were introduced to orienteering, first studying the map of the school which indicates the locations of marker all around the school grounds. Then in pairs we set off to find the letters of specific markers - everyone was out of breath after running back and forth. Several children realised they could plan their route to minimise running across the entire school field repeatedly, some did not!

Lots of fun was had by all, the excitement of success when finding the markers was exhilarating!

Thursday 26th November


We were privileged to have a representative of the Environment Agency join us on Teams this afternoon, the talk was so informative! She talked about the role of the EA generally, then specifically in our local area.

Some of the fascinating information that we learned:

Boston is the outlet for all the water in the South Forty Foot catchment area, which stretches all the way to Sleaford and Bourne!

The South Forty Foot Drain was dug BY HAND four hundred years ago

The Witham empties into the Haven, which is a tidal river - this is one factor influencing the high risk of flooding.

Flooding is a significant risk in our locality, so we learned about how this risk is managed using the Black Sluice Lock. Helped by a demonstration with bottles of water we could see why the Pumping Station was not effective which led to its closure a couple of years ago.

Thank you so much to the wonderful Abigail from the EA, we all appreciate the time and effort you put into this talk for us!  

Thursday 26th November

In English we are exploring different ways of opening narratives. The War of the Worlds illustrates myriad ways to begin a story - in just the first two pages we found three out of the four most commonly used type of opening!

By comparing a poor example with a good example, we were able to identify the features which help create an effective opening.


Wednesday 25th November


In PE, we are being active as we practise the skills we need to play basketball. 

Monday 23rd November


Today we began our Geography learning, which is all about rivers, both their physical and human features. Following discussions about where along the course of a river various features would be found, we were able to position ourselves in order and correctly label the features. There is a lot of technical vocabulary to learn in Geography! Fortunately we are up to the challenge!

Friday 20th November


This was a very busy afternoon, here we are using our understanding of painting in the style of Jackson Pollock to present the seasons. We experimented with texture, adding flour and glue to see the changes it effected. We altered the tones and shades by adding white to the winter blue, and were very pleased with the results.

Friday 20th November

Friday 20th November


In English, we published our character descriptions of the aliens which will star in our forthcoming narratives!.

Thursday 19th November 


In English we learned about relative pronouns and clauses. We did several practical activities to develop our understanding of these, then wrote some of our own sentences using our new knowledge.

Thursday 19th November 


In RE we are learning about the importance of family in Muslim families. To demonstrate our understanding of this, and practice oracy, we filmed ourselves reporting it.

Thursday 19th November 


This was a fine motor skill challenge! We had to twist paper and position it to create the effect of veins running through our leaf templates. There were some great examples of team work as we worked together manipulating and positioning the paper pieces.

Wednesday 18th November 


For some children, this was their first experience of paper mache so it was an exciting afternoon. We paper mached leaf templates, layering pieces of newspaper to create a 3D leaf, working carefully to maintain the shape of the template. This is the first stage of our palm leaf art for this term.

Wednesday 18th November 


In French we are learning to tell the time, today we worked in pairs with clocks to practise saying 'o'clock' and half past the hour times. We now know to add 'heure' after the number for an o'clock time and 'et demi' after that for half past.

Monday 16th November

Jackson Pollock

We have learned so much in a double Art session today! 

Jackson Pollock was a famous American abstract artist who painted by flinging, dripping, trailing and splitting paint. So we emulated his work this afternoon... we had tremendous fun expressing emotions through active painting.

Wednesday 11th November

Computer programming

Today we started extending our programming skills using Scratch on the laptops. We were all able to create a backdrop and one or more characters by the end of the lesson, and have recorded our ideas for an interactive game ready for next week.

Wednesday 11th November

Interpreting vocabulary-English

We listened to the opening chapter of the exciting story War of the Worlds, then focused on the descriptive parts of the text. As a result, we were able to visualise the Martian and painted our interpretation of the character description. Following this we gathered high level vocabulary and organised them into sentences.

Monday 9th November

Science - Forces

Our introduction to forces was exciting as we watched a meteorite land! We thought about how forces are invisible but their effects can be seen in every day life. Examples we thought of were brakes on bikes (friction), gravity (throwing balls, people jumping) and air resistance (running holding coat out to the sides). We went on to focus on air resistance, and investigated the effects in a practical way by making parachutes. After a recap of variables and planning investigations, we set about making 2 parachutes per group to compare the effects of the size of the canopy, the weight of the figure attached or the shape of the canopy. We discovered that the greater the size of the canopy, the greater the air resistance so the slower the parachute fell.