watermark trust st-thomas

St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Google Services


Get in Touch

St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 4


As part of our work on the poem Jabberwocky, we are creating a non-chronological report about how to slay one. The children have used the teaching sequence that has included speaking and listening activities to prepare for this and drafting their first version.






This term, we have been retrieving our knowledge from last term relating to fractions, decimals and percentages. We have learnt how to think about converting to 100 to ensure could compare all three. 



Geography: Natural Disasters

How do disasters change our world?

Our learning this term focuses on the potential destruction that nature can cause. After retrieving our knowledge from Year 4, where we learnt about Mt Etna in Italy, and retrieving our knowledge from Term One’s Geography learning about Mountains – here we are, furthering our knowledge. By understanding the structure of the Earth and how the movement of tectonic plates causes earthquakes and tsunamis. We will also be looking at hurricanes and tornadoes since we live in Britain’s tornado alley!


PSHE: Making healthy choices

If something is unplanned, can it be managed?

Building upon our knowledge of how we can manage our mental health, we are now considering our physical health. Exercise, sleep and diet are key to being physically healthy; we know this already. We will now be advancing our understanding of physical health as we discuss how drugs can be helpful and harmful. We have already (in week 1) been visited and had a substance abuse workshop to understand drugs and risks that we may potentially face as we grow up.


RE: Understanding Christianity – Digging Deeper

Are science and religion conflicting or complementary?

Continuing on from last term, we are digging deeper into the question: ‘Science and religion – conflicting or complementary?’ Many Scientists have become Christians following their study. The discoveries of Science make Christians wonder even more about the power and majesty of the creator. 

Design Technology – Mechanisms

How does CAD aid the development of a prototype?

Following our DT project of making an electrical system (a car alarm) in Term 2, we thought that we should really make our own car with a moving mechanism. During this term, we will have to use CAD to design and create our product! We explored the using the gears and cogs to explore how they work practically before we move to the computer.



Physical Education


Can we apply features of teamwork to orienteering?

In Year 5, we thoroughly enjoyed our orienteering learning and this year we are taking it even further. We are aiming to have a firm understanding of the map symbols and we are developing our team-work and communication so that we can be efficient and effective teams…


What aspirations can you have when performing a routine?

Our gymnastics opportunities will be wide-ranging and be focussing particularly on paired and group balances this term.

World Book Day

The children thoroughly enjoyed their time in the library choosing a book to read for pleasure. Great discussion was had about their selections whilst enjoying being dressed up for the day!


Guided Reading

Wow what a fantastic book this! Chapter one and two read and the class are hooked! We cannot wait to see what Bilbo gets up to and where he ends up.



The children have been building upon previous orienteering learning in Year 4 and have understood how to use maps to locate numbers. These numbers then correspond to a letter. Then in small groups the children worked together to solve the word. It was great to see the core values in action.


Science - Effects of Alcohol and Smoking





After learning about the effects of smoking and drinking alcohol, the children created their own non- chronological report about it. They have discussed the symptoms and effects that humans may end up with. The children were very clear about this.

RE - Digging deeper

Year 6 have been thinking and reflecting extremely hard about the creation story and other explanations and theories. The children have drawn on previous learning and made connections with other religions too. 


DT - Trialling pulley systems

As part of DT, the children have used the equipment to create their own systems after researching products that use them.


English - Published Work


Computing - Coding

The children have completed their Computing unit of coding and are now able to ensure the character moves including jumps, changes outfit and varies the speed. The children worked hard to embed their knowledge before ensuring it all worked with their algorithms they created. Great team work shown too. One pupil completed extra work at home and became a lead learner after his character performed many other tricks.