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Term 3

Monday 6th February- Friday 10th February

  • Yesterday in Jigsaw we were learning about what makes a good friend.
  • In literacy this week we have writing our own stories based on Jemmy Button.
  • In D+T we have been designing and making Brazilian carnival masks. On Wednesday afternoon lots of parents came into the class for curriculum afternoon. 
  • In maths we have been multiplying by 10 and multiples of 10. 
  • Today we went up to Year 5 to test their 'shaky hand testers.'
  • In hockey this week we learnt how to stop a push pass.
  • In RE we learnt about the Puja tray for Hindus and how they pray. 

Monday 30th January-Friday 3rd February 


  • This week in maths we have done some investigations in maths. We were measuring to find out if our forearm was the same length as our foot.
  • Today we have been learning to x10 and finding quick ways to do this.
  • In literacy we have finished the story of Jemmy Button. We have begun planning our own stories based on the same story pattern. 
  • In PE we have been doing hockey, we practised more dribbling and passing on the move. 
  • In science we have been learning about magnets, we investigated and sorted materials in our classroom. 
  • In RE we have been learning about Hindu Gods, we made our own Guess Who cards for different Hindu Gods. 
  • On Wednesday we went on a trip to Bristol Zoo, we had an amazing workshop where we learnt about the rainforest and got to hold real animals. In the afternoon we explored the zoo.

Monday 16th January-Friday 20th January

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Monday 16th January-Friday 20th January

  • In maths we have been learning to round and estimate using our rounding. 
  • We did our times table assessment to see which times table we need to go and practise.
  • In Jigsaw we were talking about our dreams and goals.
  • In PE we were learning how to dribble in hockey and how to do push pass.
  • In art we were making large snake mosaics to go up in the classroom. 
  • In Geography we were learning about Brazil. We learnt about landmarks and made and wrote our own postcards to send to a friend. 
  • In literacy we have read more of our story Jemmy Button. We have written 2 poems this week, 1 about our name and another about leaving things behind. Jemmy was getting taken off the island so we wrote speech bubbles about his thoughts and feelings and did some acting. 

Monday 9th January-Friday 13th January 

  • We have been practising column addition and subtraction in maths this week. We have been solving word problems and finding missing numbers. 
  • In literacy we have been looking at the next few pages in Jemmy Button. We have used drama to help explore Jemmy's experiences . We had a class debate to decide whether Jemmy should leave or stay on the island. Yesterday we wrote letters to Jemmy to give him our advise. 
  • On Thursday we had a rainforest workshop, the man brought in lots of animals from the rainforest that we got to touch or look at. Have a look at our photos. We made information posters about we had learnt in the afternoon. 
  • In PE we have started to learn how to play hockey. 
  • In RE we learnt about El Salvador crosses and we designed our own about our own lives. 
  • In science we are learning about forces, we talked about pushes and pulls and identified different activities that use push and pull forces. 

Wednesday 4th January-Friday 6th January

  • We have been learning roman numerals up to 12 and telling the time using these.
  • In literacy we have been looking at new book called Jemmy Button. We have been predicting and thinking about the character. Today we wrote as though we were Jemmy.
  • In Geography we have been learning about the countries in South America.
  • In art we made new name labels for our folders and we played a dice game where we created a landscape. 
  • In swimming we had a fun session as our session before Christmas was cancelled.
  • In maths we have also learnt how many days are in each month using a poem to help us. 

Learning at home:

Reading Children should bring a book bag to school, so that they can take home letters and reading books. Please ensure that your child is reading for 20 minutes every day. Remember to ask them questions about the text e.g.

  • What words were chosen to show that the characters are happy/ sad?

  • What description has been included that shows the time and place that the story has been set?

  • Would this story work in another period of time?

  • Can you compare the story to another you have read or seen on television?



  • Times tables (x3, x4, x8) - how many tables can you do in given time? Make your own timetable game.
  • Time- children to practise telling the time to nearest 5mins in 24clock. Give them practical problems (E.g. swimming starts in 55 minutes, what time will it start?)
  • Adding, subtracting- practise the formal written methods (column addition and subtraction) and mental method ( break up into hundreds, tens, ones and add parts, use doubling/halving facts, if I know 4+5=9 I know 40+50=90)


  • Learn spellings sent home at parents evening
  • Homophones – how many can you think of, can you apply correctly to a sentence.

Encourage children to write for pleasure (story, diary, letter, an information report on something that interests them.) Get them to check they have used the correct punctuation (full stops, capital letters, inverted commas, commas for a list, paragraphs)


Dear Parents and Carers,


Welcome back, we hope you had a fantastic Christmas and are gearing up for a great 2017.


We are incredibly excited to announce our topic this term is Let’s go on an Adventure! This is a history and geography based topic exploring South America. For our trip this term we will be visiting Bristol Zoo for a rainforest workshop and chance to explore the zoo. This trip will be on Wednesday 1st February, details will follow early in the term.


Our indoor PE slot this term will be Tuesday or Thursday (alternating each week). We will also continue our weekly swimming slot. The first slot will be on Friday 6th January 2016.


On Tuesday afternoons we will be out of class to do planning and assessment. During this time both classes will be taken by Mrs Miller and Mrs H.


Thank you for all your support,


Meg Dudding and Tom Germain


Our learning this term:

Literacy: Our fictional focus for this term will be based on a book called Jemmy Button. We will be exploring the book through the use of drama and illustration. We will use this text to develop our own poetry.


This term we will be learning about: Roman Numerals, continuing to learn formal methods for addition and subtraction and measurement of length and capacity. We will also begin to learn about statistics- interpreting and presenting data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.


We will be learning about forces and magnets. The children will investigate how things move on different surfaces and compare materials that are attracted to magnets.


In art we will be creating our own art work based on Jemmy Button. In DT we will be designing and making our own carnival masks.


In History we will be looking at the timeline of Brazil, from its indigenous people to the introduction of Western civilisation and comparing their culture to that of British culture.


We will be describe and understand key aspects of physical geography in south America and comparing physical and human geography of UK to South America.


Children will be introduced to programming using a variety of different software, detect and solve bugs and create a program to meet a design brief.


In RE we will be asking how people express their beliefs/identity/experience through Hinduism.


Children will be learning how to stay safe, swim and improve their stoke development and confidence in and around the water.


Children will create their own rhythms using traditional samba rhythm.


Children will continue to learn how to greet people and count in Spanish.


Our topic this term is Dreams and Goals. Children will be learning different strategies for improving their own learning and performance.

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