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2021/22

Term 4

Australian Kangaroos have continued to work exceptionally hard this term in preparation for their SATs. They have been enjoying the range of subjects and our additional celebrations such as Children in Need, World Book Day and the Easter service.

 

Guided Reading

Within English we are continuing to explore a range of poetry, non-fiction and fiction texts. We are focusing on our extended responses, ensuring we are including a range of points and evidence from the text to justify our answers.

 

English

Within English, we have continued to strengthen our personal writing styles. We have written a diary entry from the perspective of the work-dogs on Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ ship. The alternative writing perspective challenged our writing techniques, broadening our skills. In addition to this, we have written a balanced argument in the style of a formal letter and a non-fiction piece outlining a day in the life of an Inuit (as part of our topic).

 

Maths

All of the children have worked extremely hard within their Maths groups. We have been revising a range of topics and deepening our fluency through a variety of reasoning questions.

 

Science

We have continued our exploration into Evolution and Inheritance. We produced a double-spread page fact file of our topic, depicting all of our learning throughout the term. In addition to this we have researched and written a biography about the life and work of Charles Darwin.

Topic

We have continued our work on ‘The Frozen Kingdom’. We conducted detailed research into the life of an Inuit, exploring how the way of life in the Arctic differs to our lives in the UK. We investigated the climate, natural resources and terrain differences between the Arctic and Antarctica. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and produced a fantastic piece of non-fiction writing outlining a day in the life of an Inuit. We are looking forward to beginning a new topic next term!

 

World Book Day

World book day was a particular highlight this term. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring our school book, ‘The Secret of the Black Rock’. We all dressed-up as a character and took part in a range of activities throughout the day, enabling us to develop a deepened understanding of the story. During the afternoon we created excellent watercolour paintings depicting the Black Rock. We are very proud of our creations.

Towards the end of the term we turned our attention to Easter celebrations. Key Stage 2 held a wonderful service at a local church. We thoroughly enjoyed getting back to live events and retelling the Easter story. We also took part in the Easter bonnet parade. Here are our creations!

Term 3

We are extremely proud of Australian Kangaroos this term. The class have worked exceptionally hard and are continuing to make great strides in their learning.

 

Guided Reading:

This term we explored a range of texts across an array of genres. Each week we focused on a specific comprehension skill for instance, fact retrieval and inference. The children have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the new texts, unpicking the message and purpose, as well as identifying the overall theme. Alongside side this, the children have been working in smaller focus groups studying the text ‘Brightstorm’ by Vashti Hardy, this has enabled them to analyse and discuss extracts in greater depth.

 

English:

Within English, we have continued to strengthen our personal writing styles. In keeping with our topic, we have been studying the book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill. We wrote a letter of application to Mr Shackleton, applying for a role within his crew. This writing style enabled us to focus on the formality of our language, a transferable skill we can utilise across our learning.

 

Maths:

This term we have focused on fractions, decimals and percentages. We have learnt how to convert and find equivalent amounts. The children have developed confidence within their number work, enabling them to apply their knowledge to a range of reasoning questions. The morning arithmetic is continuing to support the children’s learning through the reinforcement of mental calculations. 

 

Science:

This term we have been studying Evolution and Inheritance. We explored personal traits, discussing the origin of the trait, for instance whether it is inherited by a parent or acquired within your environment. We explored the work of a range of evolution theorists including Mary Anning and Charles Darwin. We even conducted an investigation into the adaption of a bird’s beak size and shape in relation to its environment.  

Topic:

This term we have begun exploring our topic, ‘The Frozen Kingdom’. We have been studying the Arctic and Antarctic regions, with a focus on the seven divisions of our planet. The children have learnt how to read coordinates on a world map using the lines of longitude and latitude. We are looking forward to our upcoming topic day where we will be making our own icebergs!

 

PE:

Within PE this term we focused on ball games, in particular football and handball. The children developed their coordination and game-play skills, which were later utilised in our end of term inter-year hockey tournament. The children thoroughly enjoyed the tournament, winning the vast majority of their games. The class united during the tournament, encouraging one another and exuding a great deal of pride to be part of the Australian Kangaroo team. The fantastic sportsmanship demonstrated throughout was recognised by the coach who presented two members of our class the overall sportsmanship award of tournament.

Term 2

Australian Kangaroos have had a great term! The children have worked hard in all areas of their learning and have produced some fantastic work!

 

Guided Reading:

This term we have continued to focus on inference. We have explored a range of non-fiction, fiction and poetic texts. We have also studied a range of pictures from the book ‘Rose Blanche’, in keeping with our topic. The children have made significant strides within guided reading and are effectively preparing for their upcoming SATS. The varied genres have broadened the children’s vocabulary and supported the fluency of their writing.

 

English:

English lessons have continued to support our topic. We have written a balanced argument based on the question ‘Should children have been evacuated during WW2?’. The children reviewed points for and against evacuation while the conclusion provided an opportunity for the children to voice their own opinions. We also wrote a setting description based on a photograph depicting the hardships faced by Jewish people during WW2. The focus of our writing this term was cohesion, ensuring fluency is maintained throughout our writing. The children have developed their personal writing styles

 

Maths:

This term we have been focusing on our fraction work. We have learnt how to order, compare, and simplify fractions, applying this understanding to a range of test style questions. We have also worked on the four operations of fractions, including mixed and improper fractions. The children have continued to engage in daily arithmetic solidifying their learning.

 

Science:

Electricity was our focus this term. Through a range of fun practical investigations, we designed circuits, exploring how the number of cells in a circuit determines the brightness of a bulb or the loudness of a buzzer. We used symbols to represent our circuits pictorially and wrote evaluations of our findings.

PE:

This term we have focused on attacking and defending skills. The children have engaged in a wide range of games, utilising and enhancing their skills. Rugby and handball were particular favourites of the class! The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in inter-year group tournaments, working extremely well as a team, and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.  

Topic:

This term we deepened our understanding of World War 2. We learnt about the effect rationing had on the country and compared the different shelters used to protect people during the Blitz. We also explored the Kindertransport system, learning about the safe refuge it provided for millions of children. Finally, we created mind-maps illustrating the knowledge we had gained throughout the term.

 

To end of topic we had a World War 2 immersive day! The children thoroughly enjoyed the day, designing bunting and medals to commemorate VE day, making 3-D model spitfire planes and taking part in a Morse code cracking scavenger hunt! To end the day, we watched ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’, the screen adaption of our class book. We had a wonderful day and the children created lots of fabulous memories with their peers!

Term 1

Australian Kangaroos have had a fantastic start to the academic year. The children have adapted well to their new position at the top of the school, leading by example as role models to pupils across the school.

 

Guided Reading:

This term we have focused on inference. We have covered a range of non-fiction, fiction and poetic texts throughout our lessons; enhancing the pupil’s inference techniques and effectively preparing them for SAT’s style questioning.  The exploration of a vast array of texts has enabled the children to further develop their vocabulary and as a result support and improve their flair in writing.

 

English:

English lessons this term have been based on our topic, WWII. We have adopted a range of writing perspectives through our exploration and construction of an evacuee diary entry, a setting description and a personal recount. Each of the BIG writes enabled the pupils to develop their writing and language techniques. The children reviewed writing exemplars in order to draw comparisons and self-assess their writing.

 

Maths:

This term we have revisited and further developed our understanding of place value, multiplication and division. A range of resources, most notably the Power Maths books, are utilised to support the pupils learning journey. In addition to this, the children engage in daily arithmetic in order to consolidate their learning and familiarise them with test style questions ahead of the SAT’s exams.

 

Science:

In keeping with our topic, this term we have focused on ‘Light’. Through a range of practical investigations, we have explored; the workings of the human eye, light sources and light refraction. Through explorative discussion, we have hypothesised and evaluated each focus area, developing our scientific enquiry skills.

 

PE:

This term we have focused on Dance. The children have thoroughly enjoyed choreographing and performing their ‘tutting’ dances, while developing their rhythm and timing. In addition to this, the children have engaged in a range of team building activities to develop vital life skills such as cooperation.

 

Topic:

Our topic this term was WWII. We have unveiled various aspects of life during the war, exploring the outbreak, the geographical impact of the war, the blitz and rationing. Cross-curricular links have been made throughout the term, deepening the pupils understanding of the topic. The children produced stunning artwork illustrating the London skyline during the Blitz and propaganda posters. Our trip to the museum of Kent Life was a highlight of the term. The Children dressed up as evacuees and engaged in a range of immersive workshops.

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