What we are learning!
Week commencing 2nd September:
This week we will be spending the first day getting to know one another and setting rules/boundaries for the year ahead. We will be looking at the first value of the year, which is democracy, and how we use democracy in schools/life.
Math - We will be looking at data, different ways to collect data and interpreting this in different ways.
English - We will be working with the author, Gareth Baker, and using the ideas he generates to write our own narrative.
Topic - We will be introducing the Anglo-Saxons and putting the correct dates into chronological order. We will also be looking at Saxon life and the different aspects of their lives.
Reading - we will be looking at a setting description and considering why the author chose to include the features they did.
Week commencing 9th September:
Math - We are introducing place value and will be looking at how each column represents a different type of number.
English - We will focus on character descriptions, looking at the features which make a description better.
Topic - We will move onto comparing Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, particularly the difference between their lifestyles
Reading - We will be looking at comprehension and trying to understand what we have read.
Week commencing the 16th September:
Maths - We will be looking at the different ways someone can represent a number and the different forms they can be written in.
English - In English we will be looking at the features of a recount and using time adverbials, ready for our trip to the Jorvik Centre.
Topic - We will be designing and creating our own Viking houses as well as looking at Viking weapons.
Reading - We will be looking at a fact file style piece of writing and unpicked the features used.
Week commencing 23rd September:
Maths - We are looking at powers of 10 in maths this week. We are going to be thinking about patterns and numbers being made bigger through a power of 10.
English - We are going to be looking at fact files, and using our knowledge of fact files to create our own type of fact file. We will do this by understanding a dragon's habitat, appearance and skills.
Topic - In topic this week, we will be thinking about Norse Gods and learning about their mythology. We will then take this one step further and create top trump cards based on our God's abilities.
Reading - We are continuing with our class book 'How to train your dragon' and looking into some of the techniques and phrases the author has chosen and why.
Week commencing 30th September:
Maths - We will be looking at ordering numbers and estimating numbers on a number line. This will progress into comparing numbers.
English - In English, we will be using our class book, How to train your dragon, as a stimulus for a story we will be creating. The children will aim to include speech in their work as this is our grammar focus.
Topic - We will be looking into myths and legends, with a focus on the story of King Arthur of Camelot. We will also be creating our own viking style runes using clay.
Reading - This week in reading we are looking at a new story, which is all about Beowolf and Grendel. We are going to be thinking more deeply about the characters and their personalities.
Week commencing 7th October:
Maths - In maths, we will be looking at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 as we continue in our place value learning. This will include rounding numbers based on real life scenarios.
English - We will be looking at the features which make up a story. We will practise using adverbs to describe how an action happens. We will also look at texts which don't make sense, so the children can figure out the problem and carry this over into their work.
Topic - We will be preparing for our class assembly by creating our own shields ad painting them. We will also watch horrible history videos to develop our understanding of the viking times.
Reading - We will continue to look at the Grendel & Beowolf text, using our comprehension and inference skills to develop understanding.
Week commencing 14th October:
Maths - We are going to be continuing with our rounding so that all of the children are confident with the method to work out rounding questions. We will also be completing a maths and times tables test.
English - We will be finishing off our KWL and writing speeches for our class event! We will also be writing up our Polished Piece of writing.
Topic - We will be preparing for our class event throughout the week in our topic, making sure everything is ready. This will include baking some traditional viking dishes.
Reading - We are watching the film based on our class book - How to train your dragon.
Week commencing 4th November:
In maths, we are going to be focusing on Roman numerals. The children will be able to recognise the value of the different Roman numerals, and use that knowledge to add and subtract Roman numerals.
In writing, we will be trying to write our own soliloquies. We will be discussing the features which are needed and try and incorporate them into our writing.
In topic, we will be looking at putting the Roman era into a timeline and preparing to design our very own Roman coins using clay.
Week commencing 11th November:
Maths - We will be looking at negative numbers. During this time, we will be focusing on counting backwards through 0 to include negative numbers.
English - We will be looking at fronted adverbials and describing the character 'Boudicca'.
Reading - We will be continuing our class book 'The Roman Quest' and trying to understand the text better.
Topic - We will be researching the famous Celt queen 'Boudicca' and finding out information about her life and tribe. We will also be designing our own Roman-styled coins.
Week commencing 18th November:
Maths - This week in maths we are learning column addition. We will be focusing on using column addition to add two 4 digit numbers together. Throughout the week, we will be moving onto two 4 digit numbers which includes an exchange.
English - We are going to be writing a diary entry from the perspective of a gladiator. We will be including 'time' adverbials to tell the reader 'when' the difference events in their life happens.
Reading - We will be continuing with our class book 'The Roman Quest' and considering how a review helps us understand more about the book, and what a review is. We will then try and replicate a shortened version of a review in our own opinions.
Topic - We will be exploring more about gladiators and the life they live. We will be finding information which can be used in the big write, and then identifying famous landmarks on a map of Rome.
Week commencing 25th November
Maths - This week in maths we will be consolidating our understanding of column addition. There will be more of a focus on exchanging and exchanging more than 1 column.
English - We are going to be writing a biography about the life of the famous Roman emperor, Julius Caesar. We will be looking at the style of writing a biography is and practise by writing our own autobiographies.
Reading - This week we will be exploring a biography all about the life of Julius Caesar and using the text to answer comprehension questions.
Topic - This week in topic we will be designing out very own mosaic and hopefully creating them. We will learning about the life of Julius Caesar and the impact he had on Rome. We will also be comparing England to Rome in terms of climate, landscape, local businesses etc.
Week commencing 2nd December:
Maths - We will be introducing subtraction to the children. We will use the column method to develop our understanding of subtraction and improve our subtraction skills.
English - We are going to be looking at using the present tense and present tense verbs. This will then help the children when we look at imperative verbs in preparation for our big write, which is making a a set of instructions.
Topic - We are going to be looking at some of the modern day appliances which we use today, but were made by Romans! We will also have a go at cooking some Roman style bread. We will end the week with a science experiment about Roman poo.
Reading - We will start looking at a diary entry made by a gladiator. We will try to unpick the features used and consider the information the author chose to include in this.
Week commencing 9th December:
Maths - We will be looking at subtraction word problems and consolidating our understanding of subtraction. Word problems will allow the children to figure out the relevant information and use this to create a number sentence.
English - We are going to be creating our very own Christmas adverts! We will be watching videos of past Christmas adverts and unpicking the features which have been used, as well as the message which is being portrayed.
Topic - We are going to be recapping our understanding of all we have learned so far through a Roman quiz. We will also be practising our awesome Christmas play.
Reading - We will be finished off the diary entry text and answering comprehension questions based on the thoughts and actions of the characters.
Week commencing 16th December:
We will be doing lots of Christmas activities to get in the mood, ready for Christmas. We will be completing a Christmas activity pack, watching a festive film and then preparing for out Christmas play. We will then finish filming our Christmas adverts and save them to showcase them to the rest of the key stage. We will be making Christmas cards and calendars to take home. Finally we will enjoy a well earned party day on the last day of term.
Week commencing 6th January
Maths - This week we will be looking at multiplying numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We will be using the place value grid to help us work out the correct answer.
English - We will be looking at producing an information leaflet all about the digestive system. Our learning focus will be using subheadings and paragraphs, which the children will be practising throughout the week.
Topic - In topic we will be introducing the topic, which is all about the digestive system. We are going to be creating an information table about the different organs in the body and then making our own template of the digestive system using different materials. To kick start our sciencey topic, we will be doing an experiment where we will be recreating the digestive system's process using everyday objects.
Reading - In reading, we are going to be looking at an example of a fact file which is all about the digestive system. We are going to be trying to understand the text, and considering why the author chose certain words/phrases.
Week commencing 13th January:
Maths - In maths this week, we will be moving on from multiplication, and learning all about division. This will include dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We are going to use the place value grid again to help us with our working out and understanding.
English - We are going to be writing a story about the journey through the digestive system. The children will be learning how to use non-finite clauses in their writing and will be describing their thoughts, feelings and using their senses throughout their story.
Topic - In topic this week, the children will be looking at what makes up a healthy lunch box. They are going to be considering the different amounts of sugar in their food, and investigating which foods have the most sugar in them. They will also look at teeth for the first time!
Reading - The children are going to be reading a poem about the digestive system this week. They will think about the features used in the poem and compare this to the leaflet, which they looked at last week.
Week commencing 20th January
Maths - This week in maths, we will be looking at what happens when we divide by 1 and 0. We will be using objects to physically see what happens when we put 7 counters into 7 groups.
English - This week, we will be thinking about what a diary entry looks like. We will be asking Alfie (from the Demon Dentist) questions and then hot seating him to get our answers. We are going to focus on varying sentence openers and considering the inside thoughts, as a result of the outside actions.
Topic - In topic this week, we will be continuing with our research into the teeth. We will be thinking about what happens when we put different types of substances on them, without brushing them. We will also be comparing our teeth to other sets of teeth, thinking about whats similar and whats different.
Reading - We will be looking at an extract from the Demon Dentist book and understanding characters better through descriptions. This will include drawing a character based on their description.
Week commencing 27th January:
Maths - In maths this week, we will be moving on with our multiplication, and beginning to multiply larger numbers. We will start with 2 digit number x 1 digit number and then progress up to 3 digit x 1 digit. We will also be exploring the different methods of working out a multiplication problem.
English - We are going to be writing our own poems all about teeth. We are going to be looking at some of the features of a poem, practising using these features, and then planning what our poem will look like.
Topic - We are continuing with our theme of teeth and moving onto testing which teeth are best at doing what jobs. The children will be testing different foods to see which teeth are mainly used for what types of foods. We will also be baking some healthy flapjacks to understand what foods are important, and how we can cut out the not-so-healthy ingredients.
Reading - We are going to be focusing on comprehension this week and trying to find in the text where it says the answer. We will be thinking about how to find the answer and what information is important. We are then going to practise justifying our answers.