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We have been reading Anglo-Saxon Boy by Tony Bradman. This book was chosen to support and engage the children's understanding of the historical period. Tony Bradman met the class through Teams. The children had the opportunity to talk to and ask questions about the book and being an author. 

       

We are scientists ..

The children explored and learnt about the properties of materials.  They investigated the materials and their  properties and planned experiments to test materials eg which material would be best for a coat. 

 Term 2 we explored forces. We learnt how to identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.  We explored force meters and measured force in newtons. We looked for patterns in our experiments.

We are Geographers 

Term 2 focusses on geography and mountains. The text chosen to enhance the learning is King of The Clouds Forests by Michael Morpurgo.   

King of the Cloud Forests is a gripping and heartfelt war story. 

'Escaping from China as the Japanese invade, Ashley and Uncle Sung embark on a perilous journey across the Himalayas. Then Ashley finds himself alone in the hostile mountains, battling for his life. He is just about to give up all hope, when he has a mysterious and terrifying encounter.'  

We are authors. 

The children plan to write non-chronological reports based on mountains, poetry, persuasive argument based on caring for the planet and much more. We have had our writing published in a book. 

We are designers 

We have been learning about structures and bridges. We learnt about arch and beam bridges and how to reinforce a beam to improve its strength. We then explored Truss bridges, building our own and refining the design and evaluating the products. 

Term 3 we are reading Curiosity Mars Rover to enhance our Science learning regarding Space. 

'Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Markus Motum's stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has ever been' 

Curiosity Mars Rover   read along. 

We are mathematicians We have been learning how to find equiavalnet fractions/ add and subtract fractions with different denominators. We also enjoyed fun maths activities on Number Day in February! 

        

We are reading Journey to the River Sea. An Amazon adventure set in the lush nature of Brazil, Journey to the River Sea is filled with mystery and extraordinary characters.

Maia, an orphan, can't wait to reach her distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines a loving family with whom she will share great adventures. Instead she finds two spiteful cousins who see the jungle as the enemy and refuse to go outdoors. But the wonders of the rainforest more than make up for the hideous twins and their parents.

And when Maia meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, she begins a spectacular journey to the heart of an extraordinary and beautiful new world.

Term 5 we are reading The Chocolate Tree, The Chocolate Tree Read aloud

This book is A Mayan Folktale and we will use this to enhance our learning in Geography and write our own folktales. 

 

We are designers.  We created bridges, thinking about structure, joining pieces of material and testing the weight limit.

      

We have also been to Dean Academy to work on design and technology projects.