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Welcome to Green Class


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.In Science we have started to investigate water through lots of Scientific investigations.

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.

In Art we used natural materials to create our own self portrait. Can you guess who we are?



Summer 2

Our topic for this half term is Food. We will be reading, following and writing instructions to make some tasty recipes. In D&T we will be learning some skills to help us to make these recipes. In Science will be learning about the different food groups, what makes a balanced diet, where food comes from and what we need to do to stay healthy. In Art we will be discovering artists that use food as an inspiration for their work such as Guiseppe Arcimboldo, Carl Warner and Andy Warhol. We will also being using food as a medium in art when we come to make our pasta faces.

Our Guiseppe Arcimboldo pictures using fruit and vegetables. 

We made our own piece of fruit out of clay. 


In English, we will be focusing on instructional writing and writing non-chronological reports all about food! We will begin to write our own reports, remembering to include: heading, sub- headings, an introduction, fact boxes, questions, paragraphing and diagrams. We will then move onto poetry and will be focusing on alliteration.

In Maths we will be recapping some of the learning objectives that we have found tricky this year. With a particular focus on adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers when we need to exchange, recalling multiplication and division facts and word problems that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Here are some events that are happening in school for the children:

11th June – Swimming starts

17th June – Start of Science Week

21st June- Sports Festival at Whitehill

24th June – Street dance workshop in school

1st July – Yoga session

4th July – Year 3 teachers from Whitehill visiting

5th July – Fencing session

8th July – Going to see Y6 Whitehill production

10th July – Open afternoon 2.50-3.30pm

11th July -  Green Class Assembly

11th July – Transition Day to Whitehill

17th July – Sports Day

18th July - Leavers Assembly

19th July – Last day. Come in non- school uniform

We went to Whitehill for a sports festival. 


Summer 1


Our topic this term is called What’s Outside?. We will be exploring the animals and plants that we will find around our school and looking at the different habitats in which they live and grow. We will also be walking down to the woodland area to hunt for mini-beasts and other wildlife! As part of this topic, we will be focusing on how animals are adapted in different ways, what animals need to survive, lifecycles and food chains.


Our mini-beast hunt around the school. We looked in four areas, the playground, the field, the woodland and by the hedges. 



As part of Science we will be growing our own plants to see the effects of sunshine, water and soil on their growth.

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

In English, we will be looking at different types of texts, including poetry, explanations and creation stories. These will be linked closely with our topics.

In Maths, we are 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. 


We looked at the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, she uses bright, bold colours to paints flowers close up. We used her style to create our own, first we sketched the flower then we use oil pastels. 


Spring 2

Our trip to Hitchin Fire station. 

We went on a trip to the fire station, we saw the equipment the firefighters use and they also spoke to use about the Great Fire of London. 


This term our topic is London.  Within our  topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography, Design and Technology and Art. In History we will be learning about the Great Fire of London, why it happened, why Samuel Pepys is famous and what changes came about as a result of the fire.


This half term we will be designing and making houses from London in 1666. In art we will be sketching different buildings in London paying particular attention to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard.


In Geography we will be looking at building in London and other building from different continents. We will be learning the capital cities of the UK and the continents of the world and plotting these on maps.


In English we will be learning about the features of non-fiction books and learning to use glossaries, contents and index pages. We will also be writing our own information books on the Great Fire of London.


Spring 1

Our space day!

We had lots of fun on our Space day, we made Earth cakes and alien slime as well as doing a Space drama workshop and lots of craft. 

We went on a walk to St Mary's church to talk about and look at everything we have learnt. 


Welcome back after the Christmas break. This term’s new topic will be Space. 

We created our own planet and alien. First we had to design them and then we chose either our planet or alien to paint. 


In History we will be learning about the Great Space race and the first moon landing. In Geography we will be learning to plot locations on a map of the USA.

In Science we will be testing vehicles and how they move over different materials to help support our Design and Technology project. We will also be researching the planets of our solar system. In Design and Technology we will be designing and making a vehicle that could be used in space.

In English we will be learning to write a recount of the first moon landing. Using the information we found in computing we will be making an information page for a class book on a planet of our choice. Both of these require the children to understand the difference when writing for fiction and non-fiction. We will focus on tense, adverbs of time to sequence and noun phrases that add detail.

In Computing we will be focusing on researching information using search engines and then making a PowerPoint to present this information to the class. In computing they will be reminded how to use the internet safely and how to add text and pictures to PowerPoint slides and how to animate these.

In Art  we used oil pastels to create the solar system. We had to make sure we drew them in the correct order.


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

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.