What we are doing
This term our topic in geography and history is Volcano! We will be learning about Pompeii and the Romans in history and about volcanos in geography - how they were formed and where they are - improving our locational knowledge by identifying the locations of volcanos on a map. We will study how the Romans lived and what happened when Mt. Vesuvius exploded in 79AD.
Our writing will be linked to our history learning as we are learning how to write a historical narrative, based on the book Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit. We will learn about the features of a historical narrative and about the writing techniques used in one during our Writer's Toolkit lessons before we write our own historical narrative to join our ever growing Sycamore Class writing folder which the children enjoy reading during reading for pleasure time.
I maths, we are beginning the term learning about area of shapes. We will then move onto multiplication and division, focussing on both mental and formal written methods. After that, the children will begin their learning about fractions.
In science we are learning about life cycles of plants and animals. We will be growing our own plants from seeds and cuttings and visiting a local farm to find out more about life cycles of the plants and animals there. The children will be using different types of scientific enquiry to investigate life cycles and compare them. We will also be learning about forces and what affects them. We will be carrying out lots of investigations into different types of forces to help us understand them.