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Term 2

Every November, we look forward to our annual visit from Pudsey. This year was no disappointment as he visited our classroom to thank us for the money we raise to support others in the community locally and nationally. Well done!


This term we continue with exploring life through the ages from Stone Age to Iron Age.


How did life develop over the Ages?

How were jobs developed?

Looking at an artists impression of an early home, children identified objects in the image. This allowed lots of discussion about who made the items and how they were made. Using our knowledge from the last lesson, we knew they had begun to trade because of the beakers found in the early graves. We began to identify some of the early jobs people did and how this contributed to society and early trade.


Forces and Magnets

Are all metals attracted to magnets?

This term we work as Physicists for the first time as we investigate the forces around us, including that of magnets.

How do magnets work?

To begin, we explored what magnets do and how they work. This built on early exploration of magnets in EYFS. We were able to identify the forces of attract and repel and make observations about how they interacted with each other.


Some of us observed how they would still attract through things like paper. This led to us wondering how this worked.

How strong are magnets?

Using our knowledge of magnets, we were able to begin to explore how strong they were. This allowed us to identify the field of magnetism around a magnet and how the force will work from a distance.

Magnetic or non-magnetic?

Our early observations showed us that some objects were magnetic and others weren't.  We noticed that all of these objects were made from metal or had metal parts.

RE- Islam

What does tawid mean to Muslims?

This term we build on our learning from Year 2 when we answered the key question, How do Muslims follow the straight path? 

Music- Performance

How can a performance make a difference to the audience?

This term we look forward to perfecting our performance skills as we present the Christmas Carol service to you.


Singing to Perform

Singing to Perform for the Carol Service is the aim for this term. We can't wait to learn the songs to perform for an audience.

Watching Madagascar Live, we were able to see how others deliver a performance to their audience. What a great time we all had!



Why is functionality important when making a product?

This term we explore books with moving pictures and look at how the  mechanisms were made. 


What made a successful settlement?

As we work as Geographers, we will identify different types of settlement and what is needed to make a successful settlement.

Points of the Compass

Retrieval of the four points of the compass was then built up on by learning the points in between. We now know the eight points of the compass. Outside, we were able to use the compass on the playground to consolidate the knowledge and use real compass to see if we could move in different directions.


How does your body feel when you control your breathing?

This term we focus on our bodies and the control we have over them as we really reflect and think about our breathing.

Our First Flow

To begin our yoga unit, we focused on our breathing and how to create a flow of the first poses. 


Will your performance improve with a positive attitude?

Professional Visitor

A visit from a local professional basketball player, Chris Tawiah, we learnt more about his career and how important it is to show resilience. He then put us through our paces in a fitness challenge! 



Puis-je me présenter?

 This term we learn how to introduce ourselves in French and talk about how we are feeling.

Happy Families

In French, we began by learning how to introduce ourselves when asked. We then played a game of happy families, introducing ourselves to each other to try and find our other family members.


Does respect always look the same?

This term we explore what respect means and how it might look in different situations. We also spend time exploring respect through our safety weeks. Anti-bullying and Road Safety Weeks are an important part of this term.

Anti Bullying Week

Starting the week by wearing odd socks, we explored what made us unique and how we should treat one another in a kind and respectful manner. We discussed what we should do if we are being bullied or if we witness others being bullied. Using our knowledge of Haiku poetry from last term, we wrote our own poems to share some of the important messages.

How to stay safe near lorries.

A visit from a lorry and its driver started our road safety week off well! Learning about the view he has from high up in his lorry and how we need to keep ourselves safe when close to them, along with how long it takes for a lorry to stop in different weathers has given us lots of vital information.

This week we were able to retrieve our knowledge of crossing the road from year 1 and 2. We had all remembered where to stand to cross safely if there is no zebra or pelican crossing. Walking straight across the road, we looked left and right while we were doing so in order to keep ourselves safe.

Reading the statements, we discussed them and decided if they were true or false.

Protected Characteristics

Picture News led us in a great webinar about Protected Characteristics and how important it is for everyone to be able to live their life without fear of being judged for who they are.


Writing to Entertain

Writing short stories, we will explore different ways we can use vocabulary to entertain our readers.

The Croods Breakfast

The Croods breakfast is our focus for English this term. Using the breakfast scene, we were able to identify the key events and sequence them.

Word Target

Exploring vocabulary, we were able to identify key words that would have an impact on the reader of our short stories. Those with greater impact we added to the centre of our targets.

Reading adverbs we discussed which would be suitable to use in a safe situation and which when we were in danger.

Learning how to use a dictionary, we were able to identify correct spelling of words and their definitions.


Addition and Subtraction

Understanding the key skills of addition and subtraction, we consolidate the column method and the exchanges needed. Using manipulatives we have rehearsed making the exchanges of ten ones for a ten or ten tens for a hundred.


Using dienes and counters, we were able to make 3 digit numbers and find the total of two of them. Knowing we must start with the ones each time, then the tens and hundreds, we asked ourselves the question, 'Do we need to make an exchange?' each time.