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Term 2

Welcome Back to Term 2!

We can't wait to share all of our learning from this term with you. There is so much planned as we lead up to the end of term and the celebration of Jesus' birth at Christmas. Make sure you check back regularly as we know there will be lots for you to see.

For Children in  we wore our spots to raise lots! Wearing non uniform, we made donations to the charity, joined in with Joe Wicks and his keep fit session, donated coppers to the giant Pudsey Bear and enjoyed eating cakes from the bake sale. Thank you to everyone for the great donations!

Wire Art

Our Art challenge this year is to use wire to create sculptures for our Christmas Hoop. We have bent wire into a series of circles to enable us to create sculpture. We can't wait to share our finished product with you!

Anti-Bullying Week 2022 Reach Out

As part of Anti-Bullying Week 2022 we were able to retrieve previous PSHE learning about positive relationships and the roles we play in them. Exploring the different roles within a bullying situation, we were able to identify the ringleader, assistant, reinforcer, defender, target and bystanders or outsiders. We were given a range of scenarios to discuss and identify the roles. Using our knowledge we could then offer advice of who they should reach out to for help. We thought about what each person needed and how as bystanders we can sometimes be the ones to reach out for help on the behalf of others or offer the help to those that need it.

Pausing to begin to remember the fallen, past, present and future, we followed instructions to create our own 3D paper poppies.

A Poem to Remember

This avid reader had found a poem about Remembrance at home and shared it with the class before we joined Year Six, who led led us in worship. She proudly joined in with it, as it was one that formed part of the Remembrance Service. 


We begin our term exploring the text of Arthur and the Golden Rope, an unlikely hero. So far we have loved story mapping the text and using it as a basis for our own story by suggesting substitutions.


What enabled the Vikings to trade around the world?

This term we begin to explore life in Viking Britain, particularly focusing on the concepts of Belief and Trade. We began our learning by retrieving what we know about Lindisfarne in Anglo- Saxon times and why it was a significant place. Identifying it as a religious place, but one with great wealth, we began to understand why the Vikings raided there. Understanding the religious beliefs of Vikings at this time was vital in knowing why they were happy to raid such an important place.  Applying our knowledge of Anglo Saxon Christian beliefs, we knew why they respected the monastery at Lindisfarne, but in comparison the Vikings didn't.

Understanding Viking Life Through Artefacts

We began the lesson by being given a small piece of an artefact archaeologists may find. Making careful observations, we tried to decide what the whole object might be and drew in the rest of it. Opening the artefact box, we then matched the piece of the image to the actual object.

Exploring the artefacts, we asked and answered questions about what they were, how they could be used and who may have used them. We identified what they were made from and how they may have been used in daily life. We were able to build on our knowledge from the Anglo Saxons and identify some of the materials used for items that tell historians about the Vikings as traders all over the world. 


Hinduism- How does Dharma create a community?


This term, we focus on the concept of Duty in RE as we explore the importance of celebration in the Hindu community. We begin by learning about worship for Hindus in the home and the Mandir, before exploring the celebrations of Diwali, Holi and Raksha Bandhan and their importance for the Hindu community.

In RE we have been building knowledge about Puja in the home and in the Mandir. We know what would be found on the Puja tray and the significance of each item. 

Worship in the Mandir

This week we continued to learn more about worship for Hindus. We were able to find out about worship in the Mandir and how it is similar and different to worship in the home. We wrote the key knowledge as a non chronological report.


How important are vibrations when making sound?

This term we work as Physicists as we explore sound. Identifying how sound is made, we can then apply our knowledge of materials to explain further its production and how it travels so that we can hear.

We know vibrations are needed to make sound.

Our first lesson enabled us to experience the vibrations needed to make sound. We placed rice on a drum and observed it moving as the skin vibrated after being hit. We saw that the harder the hit, the larger the vibrations and the louder the sound.

We then used our rulers to observe and feel the vibrations made when they were tapped as they hung off the end of the table. 

Placing a tuning fork in water after it had been hit against the table, allowed us to see the vibrations it made as the water rippled and sprayed out of the bowl.

Some of us explored the vibrations felt and heard when a coat hanger is hit against the side of the table. String was added to the coat hanger, wound around our index fingers and our fingers then placed in our ears. 

Building knowledge of how sound travels.

Using prior knowledge, we were able to explain how we hear sounds as they travel through the air around us. We went outside and listened to the whistle being blown. The sound produced was louder the closer we were to the whistle, but children the other end of the field could hear it as the sound travels in waves, this wasn't as loud as at the source.


Exploring this further, we created string telephones using cups and string. Identifying how our voice is turned into energy that vibrates along the string and is then heard the other end as it vibrates to produce the sound.

Exploring Pitch

This week we built on our knowledge from Music to identify the different pitch of instruments as high or low. We then created our own instruments using found objects and changed the pitch of the sounds made.


How does CAD support design?


This term we work as designers to investigate packaging and its purpose. Our design task is to design and make packaging for our chocolate truffles that we will sell at the school Christmas Fair. 

To know the purpose of packaging.

Retrieval of the purpose of packaging to protect, contain, present and preserve, supported us as we looked at the ways truffles and chocolates are currently packaged and the purpose of each part. We then flattened packaging to identify the faces, tabs, glued tabs and interlocking tabs used to create the nets.

Packaging Nets

In DT we have identified the 2d shapes needed to create 3d nets for packaging. We created different 3d shapes and evaluated their effectiveness for being suitable to package truffles.


Quelle est la response?

This term we build on our knowledge of numbers in French, asking and answering calculation questions.


Is it okay to not like someone?

This term we continue with our big question as we explore relationships. We begin to focus our attention on peer pressure, how we respond to dares and our similarities and differences. 

Which secrets can be kept?

Defining what a secret is, we were able to talk about the secrets we can keep and those which should be shared. Working in groups we discussed different secrets and sorted them into those which are okay and those which aren't. Retrieval of what to do if we are unhappy about a secret we are asked to keep we were able to list trusted adults we can seek help from and the number for Childline.

We listened to the story, Some Secrets Should Never be Kept and identified what Sir Alfred should do and how his trust in his Mum helped the situation to be sorted.

Celebrating what each of us bring to our class team.

This week we learnt more about sporting teams and the skills and qualities each member brings in order for them to be successful. We then identified our own skills and qualities along with those of our class mates. We each had a piece of paper with our name on which our peers added to. The smiles on our faces told us this was a great success as we each read the qualities and skills others identify in us. We spoke about how we are all unique and different and how being too similar is not always the best team to have. Freddie gave a great example of a football team with just strikers in and how although they were similar, it would not necessarily lead to a good team as some roles were missing.


This term we will focus on our signing skills as we warm up our vocal chords ready for Young Voices in the new year!