We were delighted by the announcement of school reopening to everyone and therefore decided to postpone our spring term 2 topic of Vicious Vikings until we were all back in school. The topic began with the children becoming archaeologists and examining artefacts from the Viking period to find out more about how they lived and the types of things they used and created. This led into our literacy work where we completed a diary of an archaeologist including a description about the Viking artefacts discovered.
Our literacy continued with the children becoming Viking estate agents and they wrote a persuasive advert to encourage the Vikings to move to a longhouse. We then used our map skills to identify where the Vikings came from and where they settled in England and other countries around the world. This was complemented by writing a newspaper report detailing the Lindisfarne raid.
In art, the children have been learning how to use pencil to create tone and texture. They then used these newly acquired skills to create wonderful drawings of Viking helmets. After learning about Viking longboats the children used their design skills to create a detailed drawing ensuring they included all of the features of the prow, stern and sails.
Our maths focus this half term has been fractions. The children have worked really hard focusing on many aspects of the topic. They have been learning how to find equivalent fractions using fraction walls and their multiplication and division skills. The focus then moved on to adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators and those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number. There has also been a focus on identifying improper fractions and mixed numbers and working on converting one to the other. Furthermore, they have focused on ordering and comparing fractions that have the same denominator and those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number. The children have also been multiplying fractions by whole numbers using diagrams and also their multiplication and division knowledge.
Our Science this half term has been focused around materials and their properties. We have looked at grouping and classifying materials according to their characteristics such as hardness, solubility and transparency. We have investigated how materials change state and how this can be reversed, looking at evaporating, condensing, melting, boiling and freezing. The children have tested materials to see which dissolve to form solutions. They have also used their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to describe how mixtures can be separated using techniques such as filtering, sieving and evaporating. The most memorable lesson was investigating how some changes result in new materials being formed. This was in our Volcano experiment where we added acid to bicarbonate soda, the videos were put on Twitter for you to see the explosive reaction.
Although a short half term we all enjoyed our postponed World Book Day celebrations and the Masked Reader activity was great fun and enjoyed by all. Even the staff struggled to identify some of the masked readers. The response on Twitter was brilliant and it was great to see so many of you at home getting involved. Thanks to the IT support from Mrs Briggs this was a huge success.
In music, we have been really engaged with our ukulele lessons with Mrs Daws. We have learnt all of the parts of the ukulele, how to hold it properly and the name of all of the strings.
Our final celebration was Rainbow Day in memory of Julie Mott, our much loved governor. The children looked amazing in their bright rainbow coloured tops and outfits. As always our children did us proud and made an extra special effort to come dressed for the occasion. As part of the day all children were encouraged to take time to reflect and think carefully about what they were grateful for, what they loved and what they hope to achieve in the future. All responses were put together to form the beautiful giant rainbow which now stands proudly outside school.
We have been pleased with how well everyone has settled back into the routine of the school day and we are looking forward to continuing with our Vikings topic after Easter.
It was great to see everyone together for the one day before lockdown restrictions changed everything. As everyone was so looking forward to our Harry Potter topic, we decided to go ahead and teach it remotely and to the children in school.
The children have produced some great work both in school and at home. We have been blown away by the enthusiasm shown from the remote learners. Many dedicated children have accessed their remote learning for every live lesson and have quickly and confidently adapted to using Teams. We would also like to thank families for being committed to supporting the children and uploading their learning after each lesson.
Our literacy learning this half term has been inspired by the Harry Potter novel and has enabled the children to write lots of wonderful pieces. This began with some diary entries as characters from the book. They were able to immerse themselves into the characters and produce some fantastic pieces of writing. In addition, the children have also been spending time working on their descriptive writing and honing their skill at using precise detail in order to create a picture in the readers mind. This descriptive writing led to some wonderful writing about a wander down Diagon Alley and a story about travelling through a portal to Hogwarts Castle.
In maths, we have looked at prime, square and cube numbers and moved onto looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shape including finding the perimeter and area of compound shapes.
We have loved seeing what everyone has been doing and have a few pictures to share from school and home learning. Well done to all the children who have worked super hard this term. You have been amazing and we are very proud of your resilience! We can’t wait until we are all back in school together and fingers crossed that will be during Spring 2.