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Term 2

Curriculum overview for Term 2

Remote Learning Maths

The children have been working hard on their addition and subtraction methods to secure their understanding. Via Teams, Mrs Morris challenged them with a variety of fluency style questions, true and false questions and some interesting problems.


Fabulous Reading

Mrs Morris has enjoyed listening to readers even over the computer! It was great to hear the fluency and expression being developed as well as being able to quiz the children about unfamiliar words.


Who is Jackson Pollock?

After a 'Who Am I?' retrieval activity about artists from their learning in Year 2, 3 and 4, the children were introduced to the artist Jackson Pollock. They listened to a short video about him, watched him action and then completed some research for themselves. The children were quick to pick up some vocabulary - technique, canvas, abstract. I wonder where their artistic vocabulary journey will take them?



Vocabulary in War of the Worlds

The children have begun to read War of the Worlds in English. They have looked at words and explored the meanings, whilst finding alternative synonyms. Using dictionaries and thesauruses, the children worked well together to explain the meanings.


Up levelling vocabulary

To improve the children's vocabulary and suggestions, the children were able to work with a partner and with a thesaurus. They selected improved choices for individual words and short phrases. These are going to look fantastic in their writing over the next few weeks.


Problem Solving

To embed the children's understanding of adding and subtracting, the children had to read and solve many problems, including some multi-step problems. It was wonderful to see the children underling key information and talking confidently through their process.


Art through IT

The children were excited to use a website to trial Jackson's methods. They quickly discovered that the longer they held onto the cursor, the thicker the lines or if they clicked once, then the colour would change. Some interesting masterpieces were generated.




Exploration of Jackson's techniques

To begin to understand Jackson Pollock's techniques of splatter, pour, drip and flick, the children selected colours linked to tolerance and remembrance to demonstrate an understanding of emotion and mood. The effects were fantastic and the children took great pride in how they were trying to be the artist himself.





Sponsored Mile for Children in Need

To raise money for Children in Need, the children completed a mile with a smile! They pushed themselves to complete the challenge. Even though it was tough at parts, they understood how much the money was needed for others. Mrs Morris was very proud of their achievement.




Music - learning about crochets and quavers

Before the children could learn to play the note B on the recorder, they completed a retrieval activity, recalling information about composers from last term. It was excellent to hear their explanations too. We then progressed onto thinking about a crochet, quaver and a pair of quavers. After understanding their value and timing, the children began chanting and then clapping the rhythm. 







Recorders - Learning to play the note B

After learning how the recorder was built of three pieces, the children were able to look at the note B. They explored and embedded the finger positions and then progressed on to playing the note before looking at a simple tune. This required them to remember the work on crochets and quavers.






Scientific Experiments

The children were challenged to investigate the effects of air resistance. After learning about Gallieio's theory of gravity and the meaning of the word 'air resistance', the children were provided with some equipment to design and make parachutes that tested the affects of air resistance. The children communicated well with their partners, whilst discussing the width of their paper/material for the parachute. Once they were complete, they were all dropped from the same height to test the speed they fell at. They all spotted that the larger the parachute, the slower the parachute fell, apart from one that was swept up in a gust of wind into a tree!








Detectives at work

To begin our work about relative pronouns in English, the children had to hunt them out of sentences around the room. Once they had compiled a list, the children then worked with a partner to see if they could use one in a sentence. A great start made to their learning.






Character Descriptions at work

Over the week, the children have worked hard to create their character description alongside some art work to portray their own perculiar creature. They incorporated the vocabulary from earlier in the week as well as trying to improve their sentence openers.






Applying understanding of addition and subtraction through statistics 

After a discussion about the vocabulary and scales used in the various graphs and pictograms, the children were able to respond to the questions. They soon realised that they would need to use their methods for adding and subtraction when calculating. Some excellent work seen.




As part of their PE this term, the children are exploring and seeing if they can hold and move in and out their poses to develop the flow of Yoga. The children were very enthusiastic about their poses and even began to balance using their core strength. The progress throughout the term is going to be wonderful to see.



RE - Learning how Muslims can live a harmonious life

After the children had recapped the five pillars of faith, the children then read some information that explained how important people, animals and the planet was to them. It showed how the religion of Islam likes peace and freedom. The children then wrote their own recipe to help a Muslim live a harmonious life. We were very impressed!



Question Time

In Geography, the children looked and studied some photographs taken around our local area and then wrote down some questions that we will be able to find out the answers to over the next few weeks. They tried to include some technical vocabulary.


Acts of Kindness

In Collective Worship, the children thought about kindness and how they can support others in and around the school community. They generated some beautiful ideas and collated them into an Acts of Kindness chart. We can't wait to get them started in Advent.


From the note B to A

Wow the improvement from the first lesson to the second, was fantastic to see. The children articulated confidently how to hold and play the notes, whilst being able to read and follow the notes on the stave. They have remembered the rhymes and words the notes spell out when on the stave. An impressive start to recorder playing.



The River Process

The children have been researching how the the river is formed and the process that it uses. They have learnt that there are three stages - the Upper Course, the Middle course and the Lower Course. They explored how it travelled at different speeds and when it would erode the banks too.



The children had been learning about the various stages of the river earlier in the week and then as retrieval activity, using the photos and information, they had to rearrange themselves to show the processes. A lot of rich vocabulary was heard and shared with one another.

Flood risk

The children were very fortunate to have a TEAMs interview with Boston Environmental Agency, who taught them about the flood risks around Boston, and learnt about the how the waterways run around our area. It was very informative and assisted the children's understanding a great deal.






Openings in stories

To discover the different styles of openings, the children were able to pick out key features when reading War of the Worlds and in our well known stories. They had great fun identifying the dialogue, action, character and setting. Now they are keen to develop their own examples.



Orienteering in Geography

To rehearse and apply their understanding of new technical vocabulary, the children used orienteering as tool. They used the maps to find the letters and then arrange the letters to make a word. We look forward to doing more of this.



Understanding the causes of flooding

After watching a video and the TEAMs with the  Environmental Agency, the children completed a diagram before writing an explanation of the causes. They are certainly enthusiastic about this topic.



Christmas Cards

The children used their skills of drawing to create the biblical town of Bethlehem. They then developed their technique of using water colours before using them on their drawings. The effects were wonderful and the children were very complimentary of one another.






Division through apparatus

To support the children with learning division, the children explored using numicon and counters, They were quick to pick up the method and understanding when to carry the group of ten over or exchange for groups of ten. We were very impressed how they moved onto the written method of the bus stop as a result of securing their understanding.








Yoga Teaching

The children gained such a lot from their Yoga sessions this term and understood how beneficial it was to their own well being, To end the term, the children designed their own poses linked to the story of Christmas. The improvement in balance and focus was clear for all to see.  



RE - Islam and charity

After exploring the word 'charity', the children explored how Muslims view charity and understood how they donated to charities. The children had to answer lots of questions using their own thoughts and reflections before presenting to the class.

Pollock style calendars

Using Jackson Pollock's ideas and techniques, the children trialled creating various backgrounds, including mixing paint with flour and glue. They had to use various tools so not to use a paint brush. The effects were varied and the children realised they had created texture on the page, representing the different seasons. To conclude the image they flicked and scattered the black paint to symbolise the tree. A super job!








Christingles and Charity work

The children took great pleasure in making the Christingles again this year and could recall many of the key features and their symbolism. The children were moved to think that they could support others by collecting coins. It didn't take long before the children started returning their collection boxes.




Large scale Art

To ensure the children understood how Pollock worked, they were given the opportunity to create a piece on a larger scale, just like the artist himself. The children were thrilled to be pouring and squeezing paint. Their theme was Christmas. What do you think?





Published Stories completed

To conclude our work on our stories based around War of the Worlds, the children were given the opportunity to publish their work. The children always enjoy doing this and they looked fantastic! We can't wait to sit down and read them all.