Coming up in Term 3

Please read the poster below to find out what your child will be learning in Term 3.

Coming up in Term 3

Term 2 Update

How is it Christmas already? What a busy half term Cherry Class has had! From a plane trip to Sicily in our English lessons, a visit to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to singing Christmas songs at St Mary’s Bathwick, it has been non-stop, and we are not even halfway through the school year yet!

In English, we wrote holiday brochures, firstly to Sicily, focusing carefully on the vocabulary to ensure it was persuasive, then applying this to our own holiday brochure, persuading their audience to visit Antarctica. We all produced great brochures which used several persuasive techniques, and everyone applied SPaG techniques well. You might ask, why Antarctica? In Geography, Cherry Class explored the continent Antarctica, looking closely at the physical features, how animals have adapted to survive and the effects of global warming. 

In Maths, we first learnt the most efficient methods in addition and subtraction and applied these to reasoning and problem-solving questions. Following this, we touched upon area, recognising what the term ‘area’ meant and ways to calculate it when given varieties of shapes. 

In Science, our topic was sound; we enjoyed investigating how sound is created and travels. We were able to make predictions using our scientific knowledge as well as summarise our results and conclude our findings. We could also answer questions by working scientifically. In DT we applied our prior scientific learning on electricity to plan and create torches in small groups. The torches were fit for purpose as success criteria were followed carefully. 

In RE, our focus was on Christianity; in particular symbols found within the Christmas Story. We could define what a symbol is and were able to recognise the different important symbols and explain why they were significant. We related this to the symbols we would find at our local church. We looked closely at Christingle and applied our learning to creating our own Christingle that depicted what Christmas means to us, individually. We continuously made links to other religions, focusing on their celebrations and festivals. 

We LOVED our visit to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in November, to conclude our learning of the Ancient Greeks from last half term. It was great to see real life artefacts! Forest has been a particular favourite this half term, especially making Christmas decorations and enjoying hot chocolate to warm us up! Football with Mr. Phillips has been another standout subject this half term; ball control and teamwork have been two areas of focus. 

Next half term, Cherry Class will be swimming every Friday afternoon. The children will need swimming kits (towel, costumes/trunks, googles (if possible). Children should come into school wearing school uniform as normal. Forest will continue to be on Wednesdays. 

It is a high priority that times tables are practised regularly at home and that children are reading at least three times a week and completing one quality entry in their reading journals. Please encourage your child to use the prompts stuck in at the front of their journals to help them with ideas. 

Wishing the children and adults of Cherry Class a very happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in 2023! 

Miss Collins


Term 2 Highlights

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Coming up in Term 2

Term 1 Update

I cannot believe it is already the end of Term 1, it has flown by! The children have had a jam-packed half term and have learnt lots of new things.

In Maths we have focused on place value, being able to recognise the value of digits in a number, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000 and have used number lines to help us estimate.

In English we have worked hard to write narratives based on the short-film, Feast. We especially loved the part when the dog, Winston, got to eat all the junk food! Afterwards, we applied all that we had learnt and created a new character, this time it being a cat, and rewrote the narrative using several different SPAG techniques.

Our Guided Reading sessions have explored the novel, ‘The Land of Roar,’ and we have had opportunities to recall and retrieve information as well as develop our inference skills through recognising feelings and emotions of characters. We also learnt about Nelson Mandela, as part of our learning in Black History Month.

In Science we have learnt all about electricity. It has been fun investigating what a series, complete and incomplete circuits are using the equipment and we can now identify each component and its function. Furthermore, we applied our learning to making switches, which was fun!

Our History lessons have focused on the Ancient Greeks. We have learnt what primary and secondary sources are and have used them to help us with our learning. We have focused on what legacy the Ancient Greeks left behind, as well as participated in a debate, with the focus of Athens V Sparta.

In the forest this half term, we have enjoyed climbing trees, building dens, and cooking again. It is noticeably colder, so adults, please remember to send your children in with warm clothing. In PE lessons we have learnt how to jump, roll, and balance. Next half term, PE will be on a Friday.

I look forward to another busy half term, especially with the run up to Christmas!! Have a relaxing half term break.

Miss Collins

Term 1 Highlights

Welcome to Cherry Class

It has been a busy few weeks settling back into school life, establishing routines, and having fun with our friends again. We have enjoyed learning lots of new things and area always trying our best to achieve wonderful things, across the curriculum. We are especially enjoying Forest School which is on a Wednesday afternoon. It has been great fun, cooking, climbing trees and building dens. PE is on a Thursday afternoon, and so far, we have enjoyed participating in some fitness and gymnastics activities.
Forest school will take place regardless of the weather (unless extreme) so please can you ensure your child is wearing appropriate clothing (long sleeve tops and trousers) as well as bringing their wellies and waterproofs in a separate labelled bag to change in and out of, if necessary.
Please could children come into school wearing the correct PE kit (Longvernal P.E. t-shirt, black shorts or sports trousers and trainers). PE will be outside for the first term, so black Longvernal fleeces or green Longvernal jumpers can also be worn.

We look forward to an exciting year! Keep checking our class page for updates!