Autumn Term Information 2020

This term we have been learning about children in Victorian times, including the awful jobs they had to endure and the games they used to play. Our core text, ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty, fitted the topic perfectly and enabled the children to get fully immersed in their learning by considering what life was really like for Jim Jarvis – a real Victorian street child. The topic produced some fantastic writing, including a letter the children wrote in character as Jim, to his friend back at the work house. We celebrated the topic with an action packed WOW day, when the children came dressed in period outfits and undertook Victorian themed activities all day, including baking Victoria sponge cakes.

We have fully embraced the wonderful teaching resource Power Maths for our maths learning this half-term. The children have really enjoyed covering aspects of multiplication including multiplying by multiples of 10, 100 & 1,000, as well as area and perimeter. Where possible have taken our learning into the outside environments, for examples measuring areas of rectangles on the playground. In Science we have been studying properties and changes of materials, including dissolving, separating materials and irreversible changes. This included testing how different coverings effected the speed ice melted in containers.

PE has been fun and varied this term with the children producing paired compositions in gymnastics, yoga, and hockey, all of which they seemed to really enjoy.

Children’s comments about their learning

Zachy: “I liked PE this half term because we got to do yoga and gymnastics. I also enjoyed sketching and drawing in art.”

Yahya: “Now, what I’ve enjoyed most is reading Street Child because of all of the amazing vocabulary. I also liked maths because we have started to look at formulas.”

Zoe: “I have enjoyed learning all about Victorian children, especially the toys they played with. I also really enjoyed gymnastics this half term.”

Useful website links to continue learning at home

Our topic for the coming term is A Chinese Odyssey, for which these websites may provide some support:

Others to be used for starting conversations about learning include: