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Welcome to Green Class


Autumn 2 

This term we are going to be focusing on an exciting new topic on Castles. Within our castle topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography, Design and Technology and Art.

In Art we designed our own castles using a white pencil first after we went over it in chalk and finally we used paint to create the stone work. 


In History we will be learning who built the first castles in the UK and why, who lived in medieval castles and how the use of castles has changed over time.


Every Monday Mr Sharp will be teaching us how to design and make mechanisms for our castles as part of our Design and Technology curriculum.


In Geography we will be finding out why castles were built on hills, which land features make castles easier to defend, naming and locating the capital cities of the UK and their castles and designing and using simple maps and keys.


In Art we will be using lines to create pictures in the style of the Bayeux tapestry and to create a picture in the style of the Buck Brothers engravings.


On a Wednesday Mr Westmore will be teaching us Computing we are going to be games testers. We will be testing simple games and changing the algorithms to make the games easier and more difficult to play.


In English we’ll be reading alternative versions of the traditional tale Rapunzel and writing our own versions of this. The children are being encouraged to select interesting adjectives to describe characters and settings and sequence their writing using adverbs of time.

We had a museum  workshop. We learnt lots about castles such as what it was like to live in a castle. 


Welcome back after summer!

Autumn 1

Our topic for this half term is Water. In History we will be learning about Christopher Colombus and in Geography we will be looking at and creating our own maps. As part of Art we will be creating different seascapes using acrylic, water colour and ink.

We created resistant rain paintings using wax and ink. 

Here we used acrylic paint to create seascapes. 

Here we used watercolours to create seascapes in the style of Turner. 

In Science we have started to investigate water   through lots of Scientific investigations. Here we are testing what objects sink and float. 

As part of our poetry work we will be designing our own calligrams. This is where the writing is made to look like the word. The children will be drawing these and using different programs on the computer to create them. For non-Fiction, we will be writing explanation texts of a basic water cycle which will be supported by our trip to Affinity Water. For fiction writing we will be describing under water mythical creatures, inventing our own creatures and writing stories about them.

In Maths we will be learning to count forwards and backwards in steps of 2, 5 and 10, recall one more and one less and 10 more and 10 less than a given number and know odd and even numbers. We will learn to partition (split) numbers in different ways to support with addition and subtraction. We will recall multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and practise making coin values. We will also be doing lots of practical Maths to support our topic such as capacity and data handling.

Here we are partitioning a two different number into tens and ones.


Summer 2

Our last topic of the year is Materials. We will be looking at different materials and objects that are made of these materials. We will be considering why the objects have been made of these materials thinking about the properties the materials have.

In English, we have been looking at different poem as well as reciting them. We have used the poems we have learnt to write our own poems and we will be writing our own funny poems. 

In Art we will be looking at artwork by Andy Goldsworthy who uses natural materials to make sculptures. We are then going to create our own sculptures and collages using natural materials we have collected.

In Design and Technology we are going to learn to join fabric together using different stitching techniques.


We have been on our school trip to Affinity Water Educational Centre. We loved pond dipping and learning about the water cycle. We had to work scientifically to find out how water is cleaned and make it safe to drink we also had to work out which items cause blockages in drains.



Our school trip to Affinity Trip. 

We did pond dipping we caught lots of pond-life. 

We learnt about the water cycle and then we acted it out. 

Summer 1

Science Week, we did lots of fun activities. 

We celebrated the Royal Wedding by watching Morris dancing and we had a picnic outside. 


This term our topic is plants and animals. We will be finding out about animals and plants in their habitats, this includes our local area and around the world. We will be exploring how each animal is suited to their habitat. Within this topic we will be exploring life cycles and thinking about what animals and plants need to do to stay alive and to be healthy.  We will also learn about food chains.  We will also be walking down to the woodland area to hunt for mini-beasts and other wildlife!

Our mini-beast hunt around school. 

In Art we will be really looking at these animals and their habitats making observational drawings, thinking about lines, shading and colour.

As part of Science we will be growing our own plants to see the effects of sunshine, water and soil on their growth. This links to our English where we will be writing an explanation text of how a plant grows as well as writing a non-chronological report.

In Computing we will be learning to edit and enhance photographs on Google Picasa, use 2Simple to make graphs and tables and use Google Earth to locate different habitats.

In Maths we will be learning to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past and to the hour and drawing the hands on a clock face to show these times. To help your child understand the concept of time when at home encourage them to tell the time to o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past.  

We will also be learning to multiply and divide and solve problems using these operations. We will also learn how to find a missing number in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication number sentences. 



Spring 2

World Book week!

We had lots of fun listening to stories and dressing up.

Our topic this term is vehicles.  We will be looking at how transport has changed and discussing what transport we use nowadays to get around and the different vehicles. We will be focusing on trains and will be learning about the history of trains and learning about George Stephenson and his role in developing trains. We will be looking at timelines of the history of trains and ordering them with the important dates.

In DT we will be making our own vehicles using our exciting DT skills and also learning how to attach an axle and wheels to a chassis.

These photos are of our D/T work.We have been planning to make a vehicle.  We learnt how to attach an axle and wheels to a chassis and then created our own. 

We also carried out a science experiment to see which car travelled the furthest.


In computing, we will be learning to use cameras to take photos and will practise our editing skills of the photos on a computer.

In computing, we will be learning to use cameras to take photos and will practise our editing skills of the photos on a computer.

In English we will be looking at poems. We have started to look at Calligrams and how the writing is arranged in a way that creates a visual image. We have created our own in our books and on the computer. We will be looking at rhyming and different types of poems which will help us create our own poems.

In Maths, we have been interpreting and constructing pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables. We have been sorting. We have been asking and answering questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity. We will be moving onto applying our knowledge of mental and written methods of addition and subtraction.

Spring 1

We had World Day with Yellow class, we did lots of activities linked to Brazil and Scotland. 


This half term we will be learning about places around the world. We will focus mainly on a small Scottish Island called Coll and then move on to learn about Brazil. Within this topic, we will be looking at world maps and identifying the continents and oceans. We will be recapping on the countries and the surrounding seas in the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We have been looking at aerial photographs and plan perspectives of the Isle of Coll to recognise landmarks as well as basic human and physical features. We will also be looking at the similarities and differences between Brazil and the Isle of Coll.

We will be carrying out our own research in our Computing lessons to find out more about Brazil and Coll using the internet. We will be using this opportunity to further discuss safety when using the internet. Once we have carried out our research, we will be presenting what we have found out using 2simple software and powerpoint.

In English we will be looking at Traditional Tales from other countries and creation stories. In the stories we will be identifying adjectives, verbs, adverbs and noun phrases. We will also be carrying on learning when to use commas, exclamation marks, question marks and apostrophes. To help with this at home when reading, see if your child can find any of these in their books.

In Maths, we will be finding different combinations of coins that equal the same amount of money and finding the correct change. Comparing values in the context of measuring heights, lengths and widths and using comparative language. To help your child understand the concept of money when out see if they are able to choose the correct coins to make the amount.

We made collages of animals from the Amazon Rainforest.