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Paxcroft Primary School

Term 4

Term 4

This term -

In English we are looking at the books:

  • Jack and the Beanstalk 
  • Jasper's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
  • Oliver's Vegetables by
  • Oliver's Fruit Salad by Vivian French


In Mathematics:

Year 1's are learning to count in 2's and 5's. They will also learn about length, height, weight and volume. 

Year 2's are learning properties of shapes and fractions. 


Foundation Subjects

This term we are covering the subjects, DT, Science and RE.

In DT we will be learning about healthy dishes and where food comes from to answer the question What makes a meal healthy?

In Science, we will be learning about everyday materials and answering the question what materials are everyday objects made from?

In RE, we will be answering the question - Is is true that Jesus came back to life again? We will also consolidate our knowledge of this by visiting a local church. 

Curriculum Letter -

This week, we have had lots of fun exploring healthy food and putting into practise the skills that we need to make a healthy dish. We have been peeling, cutting and grating, fruits and vegetables to make a delicious fruit salad and a yummy wrap. 


Stem week was an amazing week for us all. We had so much fun problem-solving, working as a team, designing, creating, evaluating as well as smashing stereotypes! We started the week with understanding what a Scientist is and learning all about different STEM careers. Following this, we took part in a few engineering tasks. First, we had to build the tallest tower using just paper. Next, we had to design and make a castle for Teddy who wanted to play hide and seek from their friends. We learned all about how to make attachments correctly and what makes a design sturdy. However, it needed to have a tower taller than 1m and be able to sit Teddy on. It was a good job the we were up for that challenge! Just as we though we had finished, Teddy had another problem - they dropped their key! We had to create something to get the key off the ground using dowel, string and paper. During this task, we learned all about pulley mechanisms. I think you will agree the we did a fantastic job (see pictures below). We concluded this challenge with a video presentation using the ipads about our designs and watched them as a class. We gave each other constructive feedback and we cannot wait to do this again!


We didn't stop there though! We took part in an investigation to discover if hands grow as we get older but we concluded that our height could be a main factor contributing to our hand size. We also did some bubble paining and grew a rainbow in class before finishing the week with an Inter house competition 'Faster Pasta'. We did say we have been busy!


This week, we had wonderful the opportunity of visiting St Thomas' Church in Trowbridge. Vicar Alan let us explore the church and ask questions. The children had some wonderfully, thoughtful questions. Following this, he taught the children all about the Easter Story and discussed key Christian symbols and what they represent at Easter. I wonder if the children can remember what an Easter Egg represents and share this with you? Finally, each child received a palm cross when leaving from Vicar Alan. 

Our visit to St Thomas' church

RE - looking at the symbols that represent Easter and retelling the Easter Story