Caterpillars

Caterpillar Class – Summer Term 2015-16

 

This ‘term card’ should help you to keep in touch with what is happening in class over the coming months.

 

Our topic

Our topic this term is ‘Finding our way’, focusing on maps and exploring the human and physical geography of the United Kingdom. Your child may have mentioned that they have been assigned traditional UK counties to research at home. They can they create a small display to put up on our working wall of the UK. This could be a model (that could be stuck to a wall) of an interesting site, a piece of text, and / or a picture. Our map work will centre on reading, analysing and creating maps; finding out more about our local area and further afield.

In computing, we will also be programming Beebots, helping them to find their way around maps.

 

English

In English this term Caterpillars will be continuing to improve their abilities in writing a range of text types, gaining a greater understanding of their purpose (and how this informs their style), structure, characteristic use of language. This will include: exploring and writing recounts, plays and dialogues; looking at and performing traditional poetry; and creating persuasive presentations for debates.

Our guided reading sessions and the children’s use of their reading records will continue as before to encourage greater sophistication in comprehension (e.g. including inference and prediction).

This is all part of exposing children to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction text types. The more eclectic their reading, the greater range of influences and experiences they will have to draw on in their own writing.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will continue to work with the four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), deepening our conceptual understanding with physical examples, solving problems and improving the efficiency of our calculation. We will also be working with decimals, fractions, and handling data.

Our mental maths will continue. Number bonds to any number and times / division tables will continue to be keys to efficient calculation.

 

Religious Education

During the first half of term we will be studying different Christian denominations; how and why they differ from one another. In the second half of term we will be exploring Judaism and the importance of being part of God’s family for Jews.

 

Science

This term our science lessons will be centred on chemistry. At this stage, this involves particularly states of matter. We will be looking at how matter changes state, measuring temperature, looking at evaporation and condensation, the water cycle, and the composition of the air we breath.

 

Physical Education

Summer is (almost) here and we will be focussing on cricket in our Friday sessions. We will also be honing our athletics skills in time for Sports Day. On Mondays we will be beginning the term with rounders.

Caterpillar Class – Spring Term 2015-16

 

Happy New Year! As ever, we have a busy term lined up in Caterpillar class. This ‘term card’ should help you to keep in touch with what is happening in class over the coming months.

 

Our topic

Your child may have mentioned to you that our class topic for this term is the Romans. This will be the central period under study in our History lessons, but will also feed into our Geography (human and physical), Design & Technology, English, Art, Mathematics and ICT. We will be studying particularly the rise of Roman civilisation and its character (domestic, military, administrative, artistic etc.); and the creation and expansion of the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.

There was so much wonderful work done at home by the children for last term’s rainforest topic – thank you for all your support. Of course, the invitation is again extended to you to support your child by researching together at home using books and the internet, or simply discussing what they have learnt so far at school.

In due course you will also find out this term’s class outing.

 

English

Our Romans topic will be used as inspiration for our English work as the term progresses. However, we start in this first half by studying and constructing our own science fiction stories.

Our guided reading sessions and the children’s use of their reading records will continue to encourage greater sophistication in comprehension (e.g. including inference and prediction).

This is all part of exposing children to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction text types. The more eclectic their reading, the greater range of influences and experiences they will have to draw on in their own writing.

 

Mathematics

In mathematics we will continue to work with the four functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), deepening our conceptual understanding, solving problems and improving the efficiency of our calculation. We will also be working with decimals, fractions, and handling data.

Our mental maths will continue. Number bonds and times tables will continue to be keys to efficient calculation.

 

Religious Education

During the first half of term we will be studying Islam; its beliefs and practices. In the second half of term we will be examining the Christian celebration of Easter.

 

Science

This term our science lessons will be centred on physics. At this stage, this involves particularly: forces, the Earth and space, light and electricity.

 

Physical Education

Hot on the heels of last term’s successful rugby exploits, this term we will be focussing on hockey in our Friday sessions, thereby continuing to give the children a fuller experience of our great seasonal sports. On Mondays we will be working up our gymnastics routines.

 

 

Summer Term 2015

This term we are learning about India. We are looking forward to investigating the history, geography, food, wildlife, religion and art of this amazing country.

At the moment, election fever is gripping Caterpillar Class, as we have formed our own political parties, based on fairytale characters and are campaigning in readyness for whole school elections on May 7th!

The cricket season is upon us and we are preparing to improve our skills with the help of a coach from the "Chance to Shine" programme.

Our Science work this term will be based around physics. Our topics will include light, sound, forces and magnets and electricity.

 

 

 

Spring Term 2015

This term we are studying Polar Regions. We have started our journey in the icy wilderness of Antarctica. Having paid a visit to the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge, we are learning about brave explorers such as Sir Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton. We are also investigating the complex ecosystem of the region for Science and doing lots of research on penguins! In R.E we are examining the importance of worship to Jewish families by learning about festivals such as Hannukah and Pesach. In P.E we are preparing for the gymnastics competition and the cross country run in March.

After half term, we will be moving on to look at the North Pole. In Science we will shift our focus from animals to plants. Our R.E work will be centered around the run up to the Christian festival of Easter.

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2014

This term we are studying The Vikings and Scandinavia. We have enjoyed a visit from "History off the Page" and are busy learning our poems for Storytelling Assembly. In Science, we have been examining rocks, soil and fossils, which has proved to be fascinating! As Christmas approaches we will be creating our very own "Jesse Tree" to consider the story of Christianity in the Old Testament.

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2014

We have begun our work for the end of year production - A Midsummer Night's Dream. We are all working hard on learning our lines, singing the songs and making the scenery. We look forward to performing it later this term. 

 

Spring Term 2014

 

This term Caterpillar Class are investigating the Mediterranean region and learning about The Romans. This will include a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum and some exciting practical activities!

In P.E we will be working towards several inter-school events, including a gymnastics competition and a cross country running race. Our Science will centre around the natural world, investigating plants, animals, life cycles and adaptation.

Our R.E work will acknowledge the landmarks of the church calendar in the lead up to Easter but will also focus on the three main religions of the Mediterranean; Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Autumn Term 2013

Caterpillars have been enjoying learning about the history and geography of Chocolate. Having investigated Fairtrade, the Rainforest and the European story of chocolate we are currently studying The Aztecs.

We have already been on some exciting trips, to Ely Cathedral and to a production of Michael Morpurgo's "The Buttefly Lion" at Cambridge Arts Theatre. We are currently enjoying weekly visits from a professional story teller who has inspired us to perform our own version of Oscar Wilde's "The Selfish Giant" to the rest of the school!

In Science we have been looking at healthy eating and are now investigating liquids, solids and gases.

Summer Term 2013

We are having a busy and exciting summer term in Caterpillars Class. For our topic on India we have been retelling folk stories, sampling Indian food and doing some amazing artwork.

In Science we have been exploring space and the solar system and making the most of the good weather by looking at light, shadows and the movement of the sun.

On Wednesdays we have been enjoying cricket coaching at Thriplow Cricket Club.