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2020/21

Term 5

This term, Canadian Bears started looking at our topic ‘Gods & Mortals’. With a specific look at Ancient Greece, the children looked at how Greece, and its philosophers, have shaped the world we live in today. Starting from around 700 BC, the children are studying the chronological period from the start of Ancient Greece to its demise at around 100 BC when it was taken over by the Roman Empire.

 

English

In English, we have been studying Greek myths as well as reading our class book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We started by looking at comic strips and how these are used to help tell stories differently. They used this method to re-tell the story of Icarus and Daedalus. The children loved writing about this and looked at the meaning behind this story. The children then looked at Pandora’s Box, and they wrote predictions around what they thought was inside. The children have been left in suspense as we return to this story on one of our topic days. After this, the children looked at writing reviews. We had been studying heading and sub-headings in our grammar lessons, along with paragraphs, so the children were eager to use these skills within their work.

 

Maths

In Maths, the children have moved onto money, statistics, length, and perimeter. In money, the children learnt how to find equal amounts of money as well as adding and subtracting different amounts. The children also looked at different examples and real-life experiences where they would need to work out difficult money problems.  The children then looked at statistics, which we’d also been covering in our science. The children used pictograms, bar charts and scattergrams to display different types of data. The children also practised the skill of interpreting data, ensuring they gathered the information from the key. Finally, the children looked at length in term 5. We were unable to look at this in detail last year due to lockdown, but they now have a solid understanding of how to convert measurements from metres into centimetres and also into millimetres. The children hadn’t previously covered perimeter, but they honed the skill by remembering the steps to success so they could work out the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes.

 

Science

In science this term, Canadian Bears have been looking at our bodies and what it means to live a healthy lifestyle. This has also included lifecycles and completing simple experiments around whether or not some of us are stronger because we complete more physical activity each week? The children have learnt about different bones and muscles within the human body and the importance that skeletons play in helping us move and protects our vital organs. The children then looked at animals that don’t have skeletons and sorted them into those with vertebrates (with a spine cord) to those that are invertebrates (without a spine cord). We also looked at creatures that have exoskeletons and those that have a suit of armour, type, outer body. The children have been fascinated about what they have learnt about themselves and attempting to give themselves a healthier lifestyle.

 

Topic

In topic, Canadian bears studied Ancient Greece from its inception at around 776 BC to when it came to a swift end in 148 BC. We have learnt about how Ancient Greece has helped shape, especially the western world in its culture, in the arts, in democracy, in deeper thinking, in libraries, in education, in architecture, and so much more. We have enjoyed looking at how this has changed over the years and whether or not certain aspects of Greek philosophy was a good idea or not. In our design technology and art, the children designed a Greek jug that would tell a story with the design that was to be drawn on the side. Once they had designed this, the children had the opportunity to first make the jug out of clay, and then paint their designs onto it. Once this was completed, the children reviewed their jugs, suggesting ways it could have been improved and whether or not the design turned out the way they wanted it to or not.

Term 4

This term, Canadian Bears have continued with their fantastic topic ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. The children have thoroughly enjoyed being back at school and have made fantastic use of being back all together.

 

English

In English, we have been focusing on our retrieval and inference skills, in Guided Reading. In Grammar, we have been focusing on tenses, paragraphs, inverted commas, headings and subheadings and apostrophes. In spelling, the children have focused on prefixes and suffixes to change root words. We have now finished the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the children completed some brilliant pieces of writing on how they would feel if they were in Charlie’s shoes. We moved on to the book ‘The Day No One Was Angry’. This slotted nicely into our PSHCEE lessons where we were talking about how we feel. This book highlights situations where we could get angry, anxious, annoyed etc. but gives alternative scenarios. We have drawn on our own experiences within our writing and talked about what we could do to stop ourselves from getting angry. The children produced some excellent posters to help with this.

 

Maths

In Maths, the children have continued to develop their knowledge and skill in multiplication and division. The children have looked at the expanded formal method for both multiplication and division. After using this method, the children stretched themselves to solve word-based problems to ascertain which method they should use to solve simple to complex problems. It has been fascinating to watch the children thrive in their mathematics and apply their knowledge to each given situation.

 

Science

In Science this term, we finished off our topic on Magnificent Metals and moved on to our next topic on ‘Holistic Health’. The children moved to become personal trainers as they were given potential clients to help train and improve their overall health. We covered aspects of health from what we eat and drink to how much exercise we complete. We also looked at how much rest we get and how we look after ourselves, with examples of hygiene and oral health. The children have asked lots of fascinating questions, which we will endeavour to answer by the end of this scientific topic.

 

Topic

In topic, the children enjoyed a brilliant day filled with aspects of our scrumdiddlyumptious theme. This involved children selecting different items and turning them into healthy options. We looked at healthy flapjacks and veggie muffins. The children were split into small groups and given the list of ingredients, and instructions, on how to make their delicious treats. Each group came to the front of the class, once they needed their next item, and were assisted in measuring, cutting or picking up the next ingredient that they needed. It was very impressive watching all of the children working together and sensibly dividing the jobs between them, with no fuss. The children produced some fantastic treats that they all enjoyed, whilst watching the original ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ because we had finished reading the book. We have learnt so much from this topic that will help them achieve a healthy lifestyle throughout their lives.

Term 3

This term, Canadian Bears have started our Scrumdiddlyumptious topic. In this topic, children have learnt about some very scrumptious foods that have tantalised our taste buds. We have delved back to the Mayan civilization to find out why, back then, chocolate was more valuable than gold! Because of this, we have started looking at how food affects our bodies as well as what living a healthy lifestyle looks like.

 

English

In English, we have been focusing on our skills in guided reading, grammar and spelling. The children have been working very hard on these and ensuring they use these skills in their reading and their writing. With our topic in mind, we have started reading ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. So far the children have been entranced with the world of Willy Wonka and his marvellous factory. In relation to this, the children have designed and advertised their own tasty snack, thought about their own chocolate factory and described why it is so amazing and they have put themselves in Charlie Buckets shoes and wrote about how they would have felt finding that last golden ticket!

 

Maths

In Maths, the children have consolidated their learning in addition and subtraction, moving on to using the formal written method. The children have become confident in using column addition and subtraction but have also been using other methods to work out mathematical calculations. After this, we started looking at multiplication and division. The children started with their threes and moved onto their fours and eight times tables. We have really enjoyed putting to use their much practised times tables using Times Tables Rockstars.

 

Science

In science this term, we have moved on to our magnificent magnets topic. The children have started to learn about magnetic north and south, and that our planet is a giant magnet itself. As well as this, children have been finding out how magnets are so useful to us. This led to children designing games that involve magnets, which the children will make once we are back at school.

 

Topic

Our topic is Scrumdiddlyumptious and we are all crazy about our food! But as well as this we all want to live a healthy and positive lifestyle. We have started to think about what we can do to make us feel good and how a balanced diet aids in that. The children have completed a variety of fitness tests and recorded their heart rate. The children then thought about how changing their diet and increasing physical activity can help in staying fit and strong. Throughout one week of our topic, the children kept a food diary to track what they ate and drunk. Relating to this, they also came up with balanced meals they married up to the NHS eat well plate. Children had to include portion sizes in relation to what was shown to us on their examples. One-third fruit and veg, another third carbohydrate and the last third is made up of proteins, fats and dairy. We learnt that crisps, sweets, chocolate isn’t a part of the eat well plate but these are seen as treats and that we should have these occasionally as a treat. Hydration is a key part of this too seeing as our body is made up of two-thirds water. The children were trying to make sure they drank between four to six glasses of water per day.

Term 2

This term, Canadian Bears have continued learning about our topic Tribal Tales. We carried on looking at the Stone Age time period in the UK, but we also moved on to looking at the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. The children loved seeing the differences in the time periods and how the people in Britain changed and adapted throughout.

 

English:

In English, we looked at insult poetry. In the period that we have been looking at in our topic, leaders and kings used to write insult poems to taunt their rivals. Therefore, we came up with a fictional leader (Neo) and wrote insults about him. The children loved creating these poems and we used it as part of our English Big Write and our class poetry assembly. During this term, we have also looked at letter writing and we are currently writing about personal experiences, linked to our PSHCEE around how to stay calm.

 

Maths:

In Maths, we have moved onto place value and addition and subtraction. The children have been formally introduced to 3-digit numbers and how to recognise which numbers are greatest and which has the least value. We have also ordered numbers and found where these numbers sit on a number line. After this, we moved onto addition and subtraction, which we are still learning about. The children have done a great job in remembering all the methods and skills in previous units and transferring this to now use with their 3-digit numbers.

 

Science:

In Science this term, we have continued learning about rocks and fossils. We finished this topic off by completing an end of topic assessment, which the children did really well at. After this, we moved on to our magnificent magnets topic. Linked to our Bronze and Iron Age, the children will be looking at which metals are magnetic, what causes friction, pushing and pulling forces and how all this fits together.

 

Topic

Our topic is Tribal Tales, and we have now moved onto the Bronze Age and Iron Age. The children started the term being immersed in a topic afternoon where they were whizzed back thousands of years to the Stone Age period. Children were introduced to now>press>play to experience what it would be like to live in that time period and how people used to survive. We also looked at the tools they had to catch food or items they used to eat and drink with. The children used clay to make pots and beakers similar to those that people in the Stone Age would have used. Throughout the weeks, we continued through the time line right up to the Iron Age. We studied how people used to live and the settlements they created and sustained. The children in Canadian Bears have thoroughly enjoyed our topic, but they are looking forward to the next.

 

Term 1

 

This term Canadian Bears topic has been ‘Tribal Tales’. We have delved into the Stone Age times and studied how people in those times lived and how they managed to survive. We had lots of fun creating our own Stonehenge to gain an idea of why it was built and the effort that went into getting the stones there and into position.

 

English:

In English, we have been studying ‘Stig of the Dump’. This has given us lots of opportunities to write about Barney and Stig and the lives that they lived. Within this we re-wrote the middle part of the story and created our own dilemmas that both Barney and Stig could overcome to become the best of friends. The children did really well in coming up with ideas about what they could have gone through together. Within our topic work, we studied Stonehenge and why it is so important. We then produced information texts, that the children then wrote up in their big write books. The children wrote some fantastic fact sheets that are jam-packed full of information on the Neolithic monument.

 

Maths:

In Maths, the children consolidated the mathematical concepts that we covered over lock down and ensured they had all the knowledge and skill needed to move on. We are still in the process of going over the mathematical understanding, but the children have done really well at picking up where we left off. We still need to concentrate on multiplication and division, but we are confident that they will pick up the skills needed to progress onto the next part of our Power maths journey.

 

Science

In Science this term, we have studied rocks and fossils. The children have loved looking into this, and we were inundated with children wanting to show off the rocks that they had brought in from home. We studied whether a rock was an igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary, and we completed some class experiments to find this out. The children also made their own fossils out of plasticine and plaster. It was lots of fun and the children were excited to link what we had been learning in our topic with our science work.

 

Topic

Our topic is ‘Tribal Tales’, which runs over two terms, this has meant we get to go into depth on the Stone Age and Iron Age. The children have loved learning about the Stone Age and how people would have lived all that time ago. We have discovered the 5 time periods between the Stone Age and the Iron age and how things have changed between the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and the Neolithic times. We looked at the tools they would have used, some of the artwork produced and how people survived and started to cultivate the land. During our topic day, we looked further at Stonehenge and the momentous effort it took to build all those years ago without any modern day machinery. We have had so much fun completing this topic, Canadian Bears are excited to study it further in term 2.

2019/20

Term 5 and Term 6

 

This term Italian Ibex have focused their learning around the theme ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’. Specifically looking at castles and the people and items that are associated with these. Although children have been at home, there have been many excellent pieces of work that have been both creative and innovative.

 

English

This term we have completed many pieces of work to help children to develop their spelling, grammar, reading and creative writing skills. Their daily lessons have helped develop their skills and ensure that they are continually using these whilst not in school. The children have also been working hard on writing stories that have incorporated our theme. As well as this, the children have also written some creative pieces in conjunction with art week and have read and written some excellent pieces of poetry. Well done, Italian Ibex class.

 

Maths

In maths this term, the children consolidated mathematical concepts that were covered whilst in school. When we introduced Google Classroom, we completed live lessons focusing on concepts that we had not yet covered. Therefore, we were able to look at fractions during this time. The children were amazing at logging on and learning the new mathematical skills to enable them to start to master ‘fractions’. At the end of the term, we completed a fractions assessment and children achieved great results, well done!

 

Science

In science this term, we have looked at both our bodies and how to keep ourselves healthy. We also looked at plants and what they need to grow, survive and multiply. Even with the children being at home, some were still able to experiment with different plants at home. We had a variety of plants to look at with children growing broad beans, sunflowers, tomatoes as well as herbs. I was very impressed with all of the children’s efforts. Although we will need to finish these topics off in the new school year, I am confident that our class has gone above and beyond in keep our scientific curiosity alive!

Topic

Our main focus this term has been around castles and the people that live in them. The children have been studying a variety of castles from various parts of England and looked at other castles within Europe and how they compare. With this, the children researched the features of castles and their defences that helped stop attacks on the castle and its surrounding villages. We then looked at the knights that protected these fortresses and the coat of arms that they wore on their armour and shields. We had lots of fun designing our own and choosing different elements that represented our own family values and personalities.

Term 4

 

This term Italian Ibex continued their learning about pirates during our swashbuckling adventures in ‘Land Ahoy’! The children are continuing to learn about what a life of a pirate is like and what it’s like to become one.

 

English

This term we have continued to read various texts linked to our topic. The children have loved learning about Sinbad the sailor (Fiction) and then we read about Captain James Cook (non-fiction). After we read these books, we discussed what was similar and what was different about them. The children enjoyed coming up with their ideas as to why the books were similar in many ways. In our writing, we looked at fantasy stories. The children studied a variety of different short stories about dragons. This led us to coming up with ideas about what we would write for our own fantasy stories and how this could link to our topic.

 

Maths

In maths, the children have worked hard to get through a lot of topics this term. We started the term off by carrying on with our statistics topic. The children had lots of fun looking at different ways that they can record data to suit the audience. After this, the children started to look at measurement: length. Having some ideas around centimetres and metres, the children used their reasoning skills to tell me why they would measure something in centimetres as opposed to metres. We finished off the rest of the term looking at 2D and 3D shapes, which the children loved and already knew many facts about.

 

Science

In science this term, we continued our topic around animals and their habitats. The focus was on the types of plants that grew in different habitats as well as the food chains that enabled animals to survive. We looked at lots of different examples throughout and the children came up with some interesting ideas. Our World Book Day book was ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ by Dianne Hofmeyr, so we took the opportunity to look at the habitat of a giraffe. The children then decided the giraffe in the story would prefer to live in its native African habitat as opposed to Paris, in France.

 

In our habitat work, we also gave the children macro lenses for the learnpads. This enabled the children to take close up shots of habitats in and around the school, which was lots of fun for them to do in their groups.

Topic

The children have certainly enjoyed carrying on with their topic ‘Land ahoy!’ We started the term off by combining our geography, maths and history together to look at treasure maps. The children started to look at early aerial maps and photography and how these differ from the ones we see today. They then had lots of fun looking at how Google Earth works and how we can use the information within this to help us with our task. Each child was then able to draw aerial maps of the school so that they could plot where they wanted to hide their treasure. After this, they could then use the language prescribed to explain where they had hidden their treasure. The children spent some time looking at other children’s treasure maps and trying to work out, with the use of the instructions, where their treasure might be buried.

Term 3

 

This term Italian Ibex have been learning about pirates during our swashbuckling adventures in ‘Land Ahoy’! The children learnt about what the life of a pirate is like and how to become one.

 

English

This term we have been reading various texts linked to our topic. The children have enjoyed listening to different adventures that a variety of pirates have been on. We had an incident where the infamous Captain Jolly Roger, was caught on CCTV stealing our treasure chest. He has demanded that the children become pirates to earn the right to own their treasure. This enraged the children to which some have written some very persuasive letters telling the captain their demands! We will await his response, hopefully in due course.

 

Maths

In maths, the children have moved on to multiplication and division. Because of their continued work in number, place value and their times tables, it has enabled them to understand the concepts that they have been taught to work out multiplication and division sentences. This has grown their confidence in the area and most are able to work these out using different manipulatives and knowing all the number facts for a given calculation.

 

Science

In science this term, we have started to look at animals and their habitats. The children have been exploring where different animals and insects live. We have studied these and noticed what changes have taken place at various intervals. We have also purchased some micro clips, for the learnpads, which have allowed the children to take some close up pictures of the habitats that we find around our school. This has been very interesting and has helped the children to design habitats from various parts of the world.

Topic

In our topic, we have been studying the United Kingdom and some famous people from the past. We have looked at the four countries of the UK and their capital cities as well as some information about Maidstone. The children have also looked at some of the characteristics of these countries and identified what makes them different, even though two of the three other countries border ours.

 

As well as this, we studied Grace Darling and how her efforts brought about the RNLI and put this little daughter of a lighthouse keeper in the history books. Even though this happened over 100 years ago, it is still relevant today and the story fascinated the children.

Term 2

 

This term Italian Ibex have continued the topic Muck, Mess and Mixture. We have been busy investigating different materials, reading and writing about ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ and creating our own set of instructions. It has been great to see all the children getting fully involved in our learning and deepening their understanding.

 

English:

This term we have been reading a version of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. The children have really enjoyed looking at this book and comparing the town of Hamelin to the society we live in today. In English we have been looking at information texts then writing about unusual pets. The children have really enjoyed looking at what they could do to their homes so that they can have animals like giraffes, rhinos, wolves and a variety of other weird and wonderful creatures. As well as this, the children have been practising writing sets of instructions, studying commas for a list and the learning the four sentence types in our grammar lessons.

 

Maths:

In maths, we have now moved on to solving two step problems involving money using addition and subtraction. I have been really impressed at how quickly the children noticed the relationships between the manipulatives we have been using and the values of the different coins and notes. Please continue to support your children when taking them to the shops, explaining the different amounts being charged and helping them to calculate how much change they will get when they take their items to the till.

 

Science:

In science this term we have continued to investigate materials and how different materials react under different forces and pressure. One experiment we completed asked the question, ‘Do bigger balls bounce higher than smaller ones?’ The children certainly had lots of fun finding this out and testing the different materials.

Topic

In our topic we have focused on different artists, studying John Constable and landscape drawings. The children have been working on their artistic creations from rough sketching to colouring their designs. We also had lots of fun creating pen portraits of the artist so that we can understand a bit more about him and where he came from. This gave us an insight to the kinds of places he experienced.

Term 1

 

This term Italian Ibex have been looking at  ‘Muck, Mess and Mixture’. We have been busy investigating different materials, writing about George’s Marvellous Medicine and creating our own concoctions. It has been great to see all the children getting fully involved in our learning, which has meant they’ve learnt so much!

 

English:

This term we have been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine in our guided reading. There have been some tricky words that the children have had to learn but we’ve been coming up with some fun ways to remember what these mean. In their writing, the children have been learning about letter writing. Within this we have covered a few different texts about children writing to their teachers. They have discussed what they would like to say to their teacher and how to write it as a letter. They have had some fantastic ideas of what they would like to say and have used all four different sentence types to convey their points of argument, which were very convincing. I’m expecting some well written Christmas letters this year!

 

Maths:

In maths, we have now switched over to the maths mastery teaching approach, building upon pupils’ prior learning to support each new maths topic, and deepening their understanding so that they are more fluent with different calculation types, and can reason confidently.  We have spent a lot of time investigating place value, building a solid understanding of how to order numbers, using greater, smaller and equal numbers and all the language that underpins this. Children have thoroughly enjoyed the new approach and all of the visual methods that they have experienced within it.

Science

Year 2s topic is Muck, Mess and Mixture, so therefore have been looking at materials in science. We have had some great fun looking at what materials we could use to build our new school with. We also have been looking at whether we can turn solid particles in to a liquid and the back again, investigating how the particles change when melting chocolate. Pictured above is our use of materials to make a kite. The children picked certain materials that are conducive to flying, and described why that material was best for its purpose. As you can see, they had lots of fun testing these out.

Topic

In our topic, we have been looking at art and design, history and design technology. The children had many challenges mixing different marbling inks together and then transferring them onto their pieces of paper. We have also been studying the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and landscape artist John Constable.

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