Homework: TTRockstars – 10 minutes daily / Reading – 10 minutes daily / Spelling Shed – 10 minutes daily / Learn Knowledge Organisers. It is important that the homework tasks are completed as they will ensure your child is ready for the next stage in their learning. Maths games and links to play at home can be found on our maths curriculum page here.
Our main topics for this term will be Geography and Science. In science will be learning all about how plants grow, what they need to help them grow and how they reproduce though seed dispersal. In Geography we will be learning all about the different parts of the UK and learning all about the counties. We will study land use and how it has changed over time. We learnt in Term 1 and 2 about how farming was the most important legacy of the Neolithic Age and will continue the study of how it has changed our global, national and local environments. We will learn to distinguish between natural and human features and discuss the impact of changes.
In Term 4, we learned about what happened when the Romans left Britain to defend Italy and Rome. We considered the question – What now? – as the Ancient Britains were faced with fighting the Picts on their own. The children discovered that it was actually the British King Vortigern who invited over the first Anglo-Saxons led by Hengist and Horsa to help him fight the Picts. However, they liked Britain so much they decided to stay and so began the Anglo-Saxon period of history in Britain.
In English, we studied the Viking tale of Iduna and the Golden Apples and using a Talk4Writing approach the children learnt the story and then innovated it by creating their own characters and transformations. We then planned and wrote our own versions using adjectives, similes, fronted adverbials, adverbs and speech to add in extra detail and description to bring the Overcoming the Monster stories to life! There are some fantastic online resources to look at as well such as the BBC School radio Vikings website with lots of Viking sagas and songs to learn and the BBC School Radio Anglo-Saxon website with more Anglo-Saxon stories.
In math, the children have begun to learn about fractions and how many parts make a whole. For example: if Britain is the whole then ______ is a part. Can you think of any more examples like this? We have also learnt how to recognize a half, a third, a quarter, a fifth, a sixth and a tenth. We know it is super important for the parts to be equal in size although they do not always look the same shape. Please see the Maths Knowledge Organisers for more information.
In Science we will be learning about light and dark including shadows. There are lots of fascinating clips on the BBC Bitesize website to help and you can download the Light and Dark Knowledge Organiser here.
Term 3 was the end of the Iron age and the beginning of the Roman period of history in Britain. The children enjoyed learning about Boudica and her incredible battle with the Romans. We reinacted the battle using speech sentences we had written in English and then returned to write amazing descriptions of the battle for our newspaper reports. We discussed how it felt to be on the losing or winning side and reporters took quotes directly from the battle field!
We learnt about how life in Britain was transformed from Celtic settlements of hill forts with round houses to large
impressive cities with large buildings built from stone and concrete, huge temples to the Roman gods with high columns to support them and markets, Roman baths, government and soldiers. We handled Roman artifacts including coins, strigils, wax tablets and armor. We drew these items and discussed, as archeologists, what they could tell us about Roman life.
Our class book was The Diary of Illiona.
Term 2 has been another exciting term with Class 3 venturing into the Bronze and Iron Age. We learned how the discovery of metal, smelting and forging had a profound change on tool making as the stone tools were superseded by metal ones which were stronger. We learned that with weapons came the need for defense and during our exciting visit to Bristol Museum studied the changes in Celtic settlement design over the period -from marshland settlements to hill forts with walls and strong defense. We learned that children would of worked in the mines to get copper and tin and that children were still working in mines till the Victorian times.
In Term 1, we learnt all about Harvest Festival celebrations and visited St Mary’s Church in Hutton to see the Harvest displays. We also visited the Knitted Bible exhibition of 35 carefully knitted Bible scenes. We performed our Harvest assembly and were thankful for the generous Harvest donations for Somewhere to Go.
In History we will be learnt all about the Stone Age and the three historical periods (Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic). We found out that most of our human ancestors would of lived in the Paleolithic times; living nomadically, staying in caves and hunting and gathering for food. In the Mesolithic, they began to make tents from animal skins and were still nomadic but tools were becoming more complex and trade was beginning. Finally, in Neolithic times, the most important legacy of the Stone Age, farming, began and people were weaving cloth, making jewelry, pots and weapons. Animals were domesticated and land cleared to plant and harvest crops. Stone megaliths like Stonehenge were built perhaps to act as a religious site or as a calendar.
In Science we learnt about the different types of rocks and how they were formed. We found out how Mary Anning had discovered many fossils and the ways in which fossils are formed.
n English, we planned, drafted and wrote our own voyage and return story based on the Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. and read a selection of books based on the Stone Age. Our Class books are The Iron Man and Stig of the Dump.