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Term 1

Term 1


This term we will be starting the year with some fantastic topics and engaging books. In History, we will be learning about World War 2 and what life was like for children during the war. During this topic, we will be visiting the STEAM museum to embed this learning further through real life experiences.Later in the term we will be learning about Forces in Science. We will be conducting experiments based on different mechanisms that make something move or alter its path. Our class text for this term is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It is a fantastic book with themes based around friendship and being unique. We look forward to using this text to guide our learning in writing and reading. 




Week 4 learning 

WB 3.10.22

The highlight of the week was our trip to the Steam Museum in Swindon, where we took part in a 'We'll Meet Again Day'. The day was action packed with hands-on activities which the children thoroughly enjoyed.  The museum staff were impressed by the children's knowledge and prior learning.  

Year 5 had their first swimming session this week at Bradford-on- Avon pool. The swimming teachers have now carried out a thorough assessment of the children  and they are now placed into appropriate groups.  


Week 3 Learning 

This has been a very significant week in our country’s history and we have spent time reflecting on the contribution the late Queen has made to the Country through her long reign. We have also been reflecting on how much our country has changed in so many ways through her lifetime. The children have impressed us with their reflection and general knowledge. In our topic lessons this week we have been learning about the Blitz and what life on the Home Front looked like. We have been examining original sources, including contemporary recordings by British and then, neutral reporters about the Blitz and watched a short film about how ‘London could take it’. We have been investigating rationing, using the Internet to research wartime recipes and subsequently planned meals for a family. We also have looked at how civilians took on extra roles during this difficult time and how the roles of women changed. In Guided Reading, we have been reading a biography of Nelson Mandela, to vary our reading diet. In English, we have been analysing the structural and linguistic features of discussion texts. In Maths we are extending our knowledge of numbers and the number system to 10 000 000 (y6), partitioning numbers and stating the values of each digit.

Week 2 Learning

Osprey, Falcon & Kestrel This has been a busy week in 5/6 with lots of important elections happening. The children will be voting for their House Captains on Friday 16th September and for the Year 5 Youth Parliamentarian. It is great that we have had so many children stepping up, wanting to hold important roles in the school and wider community. In our topic lessons this week we have been learning about propaganda and the important role played by the Ministry of Information, which headed many campaigns to boost morale and to make people behave in certain ways during WW2. We have examined a range of posters and created our own war propaganda. In English, we have been debating whether children should have a greater say in what they learn and do in school before writing a cold task, examining the issues. In Guided Reading, we are reading Wonder and beginning to make inferences about the characters that Auggie meets when he first goes to school. This week we have held our first RE day. We considered the following key questions: how do we create a just and fair world? What do religions say about justice? We reflected on what we mean by fair and unfair and how we can make a difference. In Maths, we have now started our Maths groups and we are all working on place value and extending our knowledge of numbers and the number system. Again, we have been impressed by the children’s enthusiasm and engagement

Week 1- Learning

Osprey, Falcon & Kestrel The children have made an excellent start to the year and have come back full of enthusiasm for learning, which is great. It has been lovely to see the children’s happy faces, keen to get stuck into a new year of learning. For our first topic, our enquiry question is - what was life like for children during World War II? We have been impressed by the questions that the children have come up with. So far, we have looked at what led up to the outbreak of war. We have also started to look at evacuation and what it would be like to be sent far away from home. We are reading Wonder by R J Palacio, which tells the emotive story of Auggie, who wants to be treated like an ordinary boy, despite his appearance and disabilities. In English and Guided Reading we have been doing response writing, imagining what it would be like to be in Auggie’s shoes. A very well done to everyone on an extremely positive start to the year