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Welcome to Green Class


Spring 2

This half term, we’re looking forward to an exciting new topic on London. Within our London topic, we will be covering a great deal of skills in English, History, Geography 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.


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 different landmarks in London and comparing these to other landmarks in different continents. We will be learning the capital cities of the UK and the continents of the world and plotting these on maps. In Computing, I will be using the Purple Mash program to teach the children how to make pictograms, search databases to answer simple questions and construct a binary tree. We will also be making music digitally. 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.

We designed and made our own houses from 1666 to recreate the Great Fire of London. 


Spring 1

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



Space day

We had lots of fun in space day, we had  space station drama workshop, made slime, make planet cookies and lots of other space crafts!


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

In History we will be learning about the Great Space Race and the first moon landing. As part of working scientifically, 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. Computing this half term will focus on online safety and effective searching.


We have started to make out space vehicles. Here we are making our chassis by measuring and sawing the wood to stick together.


In English we will be learning to write a recount of the first moon landing using the information, we have gathered using books, iPads and other secondary sources. 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 Maths we will be covering a range of topics including fractions, money and time. We will be continuing to practise, to add, subtract and multiply and count forwards and backwards in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s starting from different numbers.

We created our own planets using mod-roc. First we designed our planet then put mod-roc on a balloon, then we used tissue paper to decorate them and finally we choose a spaceship, ring, flag or astronaut to stick on our planet. 

We went to St Mary's Church. 

We created fact files about our favourite planets in the solar system. 


Autumn 2 

In Green class this half term we’re looking forward to 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 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.


We choose someone who used to live in medieval castles and created a bust of them out of clay.


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.


This term we have Mr Westmore every Wednesday morning for 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 D.T we will be making our own castle, we will design and make mechanisms for our castles

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. You can support your child at home by looking for this language when reading with your child.

In Maths we will be learning to add and subtract numbers within 100 using a variety of strategies including number lines, number squares, equipment and drawing pictures to represent the problem. Following that we will be learning the different coin values, how to represent money using the pound and pence symbols, finding different ways to make the same coin value and solving problems relating to money.

We went to Hitchin museum, we took part  in a castles workshop and learnt about how castles were built and we looked at artefacts from that time. 


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. For fiction writing we will be describing under water mythical creatures, inventing our own creatures and writing stories about them.

We designed our own calligrams, we used words that link to water. 

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.