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St Thomas' CE Primary Academy

Term 5

Welcome Back!

A big welcome back to Summer Term where we can't wait to get started with our learning! 


This term our overarching question is, 'Can reflection alter a decision?'



In week one, have a think about what the vocabulary in that question means.  We have a Reflective Garden in school, but what does reflection mean? If we alter something what do we do? What is a decision?


This term we will be learning about Egypt, what life is like now and what it was like in Ancient Egypt too. Exploring maps we will retrieve our learning about The Nile and think about its importance for life today and in the past.


What do you already know about Egypt?

What would you like to know?


Science allows us to build on prior knowledge of living things and their habitats. We will be identifying different living things, classifying them and looking at how the environment impacts what lives there.


What is a pilgrimage?

In RE this term we will be exploring the importance and significance of Pilgrimages and how different religions have their own special journeys they make.


Ready to get active?

In PE this term we are going Swimming every Wednesday and every Friday we will be doing Athletics! We can't wait to start training our future Olympians!


Keep checking back here to see how we are getting on!





Taking time out from our learning, we enjoyed the warm weather and spending time on our reflective garden. Concentrating on our breathing, we cleared our minds and spent some time just being still.



We were lucky enough to have Reverend Jane in to school to share her experience of Pilgrimage with us. After discussing the history of pilgrimages. she told us about her own silent pilgrimage to Lindisfarne one Easter. Reflecting on pilgrimages, we discovered that it is not always the destination that is important, but the journey you have and it what it teaches you about yourself and your relationship with God. 

What were the religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians?

Retrieving our knowledge about religious beliefs of people in the past, we began to explore those of the Ancient Egyptians. Learning that there were almost 2000 gods over the time of the Ancient Egyptians we began to learn more about their beliefs and ways they would worship their gods and goddesses. We began by going on a treasure trail around the classroom to rea some of the key facts.

Applying our skills of slicing, spreading and grating, we designed and then made our own healthy sandwiches. We made them for ourselves, trying to incorporate foods from different groups of the eat well plate. We evaluated our sandwiches, thinking about their taste, appearance and how successful they were as a healthy snack.

Cricket Development

What a sporty, active week we have had! Cricket was the sport of the day today. Learning how to bowl overarm and aim for the stumps with accuracy to earn points in teams, as well as how to be backstop. 



A great time was had learning the inclusive sport of Boccia. Working with the Boston School Sport Partnership, we were lucky enough to have a sports teacher come to us to teach us the rules. A silent, problem solving, strategic game played in teams, we loved learning all about it and how it is played at the Paralympics. The silence was amazing, we'll definitely be trying it again!

Classification Keys

This week we have been identifying characteristics of living things so that we can classify them. Formulating questions carefully, that had yes or no answers, allowed us to apply our knowledge of living things to ensure we sorted each one correctly.

What is the importance of friendship?

A great reflection in Courage Class this week about friendship and its importance.

'To encourage each other to care, To be the one to help you. To risk it all for you.' Lecia


'The importance of friendship is never being lonely and having someone beside you.' 


'The importance of friendship is knowing someone cares for you and you care for them.' Amelia V


'The importance of friendship is having someone there to help you through life, they help you when you are lonely and give you hope. When you feel sad, friends are there to excite and encourage you.' Sonny


'The importance of friendship is love so your friends love you and you love them.' Borys


'The importance of friendship is knowing someone is there for you no matter what to hep you when you feel down and be with you through life.' Scott


'Friendship helps you to sustain calm if you're angry. If you are sad they cheer you up.' Matthew

Best Foot Forward For Christian Aid Week

Supporting St Thomas' Church we all went outside to walk laps of the field to complete a number of steps to support Christian Aid Week. A big thank you for all of the donations of money for this very worthy charity.

Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week we went outside to be inspired by nature. We worked in pairs to identify a tree using our sense of touch. One of us wore a blindfold and was led to feel a tree with care, they then returned to the starting point before removing the blindfold. We then went to try and find the tree we had been led to. A great way to connect with nature, calm ourselves down and focus on our sense of touch.

Living Things in Their Habitats

After identifying invertebrates and vertebrates, we went on a hunt around the school environment to find microhabitats. We found lots of insects and using an identification key, we were able to identify them correctly and begin to use the correct names for their key characteristics.

We recorded our observations through drawings and descriptions. Here we also have an amazing Kenning - retrieval of prior poetry learning in English.

Why was the Nile so important to the Ancient Egyptians?

Sun Safety Day- How can we keep safe in the sun? Read our adverts to find out more!

DT- This week we worked on our spreading and slicing skills.

'Encouraging each other, overflowing with hope'

This week our Collective Worship has been about encouraging one another. We began the week with Miss Sharples encouraging us all to run on the spot as fast as we could for thirty seconds.

We then explored the ways we build each other up by offering encouragement to one another when we are finding things tricky or difficult to complete. We wrote down things we need encouragement with on bricks and built our own wall to symbolise how working together we can be strong and support one another.

Comparing Decimal Numbers

This week we continue to understand the value of each digit in a number, including decimal numbers. Using the greater than, less than and equal to signs we compared decimal numbers, discussing in pairs the different ways they can be compared.


In Guided Reading this week, we have started to explore the book Tutankhamun. Reading about the work of Howard Carter, the role of Lord Carnarvon and the reasons why Tutankhamun was so named, we have loved learning new facts and asking lots of further questions.

Evaluating Products

In our food learning, we have looked at healthy eating, revisiting prior learning in PSHE and Science lessons. After identifying sandwiches as composite dishes, we evaluated some current products, looking at the ingredients they contain and the food groups they come from.  We then began to suggest extra ingredients that would make the sandwich healthier.


After identifying the key features of playscripts, we created toolkits for them, so that we could write our own. Using our key text of Spider McDrew, we began to re-write it as a playscript. Discussing the text, we had lots of idea for alternative adventures Spider might go on whilst visiting the museum, so we created our own. Using text mapping to get out ideas down we chatted through our ideas with one another, ready to write them as playscripts to perform with our friends.

Hopes and Dreams

Reflecting on the theme of 'hope' this week, we discussed what our aspirations and hopes were for the future. We began by discussing our hopes for two weeks time, the end of Year Four and then looked further into the future at what our hopes are for adulthood.

Sharing some of our personal hopes, we began to think about our hopes for our community and the world around us. Thinking of animals, the environment and those less fortunate than ourselves, we created spirals of hope to display in our classroom.


Belonging and Community

After looking at the theme of belonging in PSHE last week, we moved on this week to look at 'community'. After defining the word, we were challenged to work in groups and create a community by drawing it. We chose to create birds eye view plans of a community, adding into it everything we though was needed. After noting our initial ideas, we chatted again about who would live there and what their needs might be, this led to us adding more facilities for different purposes. We then had a discussion about volunteers and how their work builds a community. Many of us go to Brownies, Beavers and Cubs so we know some of the valuable work done by volunteers first hand. 

Grouping Animals

Last week we began to sort animals by their features, based on prior knowledge. To recap on this learning, we sorted animals into groups before discussing vertebrates and invertebrates.


This week we explored the way we can play different chords. We recalled C chord form last week and then added F and G7 to our repertoire!



In our first Athletics lesson, we were developing an understanding of pace and speed in relation to the distance that needed to be covered. We worked hard to run at a pace we could maintain, running with fluency and co ordination, alternating our arms and legs to help us.




Working in pairs, we read through Spider McDrew and the Egyptians, role playing and visualising what would be happening on the stage if it was a play being performed. After discussing our ideas, we annotated some of the text to identify the parts that would be spoken and who by, along with the text that would be written as stage instructions.

Living Things and Their Habitats

After being introduced to the acronym MRS GREN and how we can identify living things, we explored different ways living organisms could be grouped.


Special Places

As we begin to explore Pilgrimages in RE, we reflected on places that are special to us and why they are so significant.


Today we recalled what we knew about playing the ukulele from Year 3. We recalled strumming and plucking the strings to play simple songs and the chord C.

If I say Egypt, what do you think of?


Today we began our work on Egypt by writing down everything we think of when we hear the word Egypt. We then looked at some images and began exploring vocabulary associated with Ancient Egypt, we already know so much! We wrote down some questions we wanted to explore further. Making careful observations, we studied an image which included a few things that shouldn't have been there! Crossing out the things that shouldn't be there, we then identified objects in the picture that helped us to learn a little more about life in Ancient Egypt. Instead of a tractor ploughing the fields, we would have most likely seen a plough being pulled by some oxen. Similarly, instead of fish being caught be a rod, Ancient Egyptians would have used nets.


In English we are writing to entertain. We began by reading some play scripts in groups and identifying some of the features of this genre.