St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School

St Wilfrid’s
Catholic Primary School

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Autumn Term 2020

 Our topic last half term was Rivers and Mountains. The children had great fun creating their own river system models and labelling all the different stages of the river. 

The children have really enjoyed reading their class book 'Cosmic'. They have used the book as inspiration for some brilliant writing. They have written newspaper articles about Liam the imposter child teacher and created their own persuasive leaflets, based on the theme park in the book - Infinity Park!

In maths, we have been exploring area and perimeter. The children have investigated both rectangles and rectilinear shapes. Here you can see our very first lesson exploring perimeter. We measured the sides of various shapes and objects around the classroom, then calculated the perimeter. Some children even investigated whether it would be possible to measure perimeter with a piece of string rather than a ruler.

During our science lessons, we have been exploring Earth and the solar system! We have investigated the different planets in our solar system, phases of the moon, day and night, shadows and seasons. The children have created their own solar system model and fact files to go with their planets! We have also created prints of the phases of the moon! The children have also created their own shadow puppet shows using a script which they created based on cosmic and they have role played how the Sun, Moon and Earth orbit and rotate.

Christmas Party 2020!

The children had a great time during our class Christmas party, where we made origami Christmas trees and stars, played party games and even watched a Christmas film - 'The Muppet's Christmas Carol'.

Blackout Poetry

Inspired by 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens, the children have created some festive blackout poetry. They focused on picking out language which told a story within the page and they created images around their poem.

 

Spring Term 2021

During Lockdown the class have worked really hard on their online learning! We have explored a variety of subject areas; such as the Ancient Greeks and Spain!

During our PE lessons we had a go at Flamenco and salsa dancing, which originated in Spain.

During this half term we also focused on fractions in maths. Looking at equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, mixed numbers, multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts.

 

 

Summer Term 2021

 

Summer 1:

During the first half term of the summer we focused on learning about different climates and biomes in our geography topic. Our class book, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, linked closely to this topic. It follows the story of Maia and her journey to the Amazon, where she meets distant relatives and makes new friends among the  locals and native tribes.

We explored different biomes across the globe and discussed their different features and climates. We even created our own expedition from the North Pole to the South Pole, visiting each biome between.

As part of this topic, we had a class debate all about deforestation and whether it should be illegal. The children explored both the environmental and political issues surrounding the question. I was very impressed with how engaged the class were with their debates and written balanced arguments. We also wrote letters and diary entries at the protagonist Maia from our class book. We also wrote a newspaper article on the character of Clovis, whose voice cracks in the middle of an important theatre performance.

During maths we moved on from fractions to focus on decimals and percentages; looking at how each concept is linked together. Here you can see the children ordering and comparing decimals in a decimal spiral both in pairs and then as a whole class. As a challenge they needed to pair up the matching equivalent decimals, percentages and fractions.

In Science we focused on classifying plants and animals - learning all about Carl Linnaeus and his dichotomous key. Here the children are ordering plants into vascular and non-vascular plants, then into their sub-categories: ferns, flowering plants, conifers and mosses.

We've also explored environmental art looking at different artistic techniques in drawing and also using mixed media to create rainforest boxes - inspired by Joseph Cornell and our class book 'Journey to the River Sea'.

 

Summer 2:

This half term we are looking at Aztecs in our topic lessons, looking at their history and geography. So far we have discovered that the Aztecs were based in Mexico, which was previously known as Mesoamerica. We also looked at what point in history the Aztecs were present.

Using the folktale 'The Chocolate Tree' as a hook, the children have been developing their own folktales in class. Initially, we studied 'The Chocolate Tree' and found the features in the text, then we ordered the events by creating freeze frames. They have looked specifically into the motifs of a folktale and tried to apply them to their own stories. I wonder if the children can tell you their stories vocally, just as the original folktales were passed.