Half Term Information Spring 1 2023

This half term, aligned with our main topic ‘crime and punishment’, we stepped into the world of Robin Hood, learning about some of the adventures of the legendary character. We began by evaluating whether Robin was a hero or villain, finding evidence from the text to back up our opinions. After this, we spent time exploring several tales and created our own comic strip versions of one. The adventures of Robin and his ‘Merry Men’, led us to write our own tales based in the heart of Sherwood Forest. Other written pieces for the topic included the creation of an information board all about Sherwood Forest and Haiku poems.

The children have had an electrifying time in science this half term and enjoyed some real ‘lightbulb’ moments learning all about electricity. Investigations began by establishing the essential components of a circuit and then exploring the use of different electrical components. A particularly memorable investigation involved including pencil lines within a circuit and varying their thickness and length to see the effect it had on the output.

In maths, the unit on ratio gave us the opportunity to explore the wonders of Pi, which linked nicely to other areas of the maths curriculum, namely area and perimeter. During our algebra unit we explored how to make algebraic expressions and how to solve algebraic equations.

In the final week of the half term the children worked really hard completing a round of past SATs papers. We are really pleased with how much progress is being made. All of their hard work is definitely paying off!

Quotes from children:


Eva: “I really enjoyed science this half term especially drawing circuits and then making them and making traffic lights using LEDs.”


Smayan: “ I have really enjoyed our topic work based on Robin Hood and particularly loved producing written pieces including the information board on Sherwood Forest and the Haiku poem.”


Maxim: This half term I enjoyed DT in which we made a shelter using a hot glue gun and wood.”


Mostafa: “I liked learning about crime and punishment from different historical eras.”

Useful website links to continue learning at home:


SPAG definitions: https://www.satscompanion.com/spag-ks2-sats/

BBC SPAG: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p


SATs information websites:

Help for parents: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/534658/Information_for_parents_-_2016_NCT_results_at_the_end_of_key_stage_2.pdf

Spelling rules: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

Grammar appendix: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335190/English_Appendix_2_-_Vocabulary_grammar_and_punctuation.pdf