Lower Key Stage 2 Learning Gallery
Spring One - Maths
In our maths lessons in Spring 1, we looked at measurement, including mass and length. We learnt how to convert from grams to kilograms and how to read scales using grams and kilograms. We also looked at measuring length and how to measure in cm and metres and how to convert from centimetres to metres. We had a fantastic time guessing and comparing the weights of different objects and then weighing them.
Spring One - English
As we studied Ancient Greece in our Creative Curriculum topic, we decided to learn all about King Midas and, in our English lessons, we wrote a persuasive letter to King Midas trying to persuade him to give up his special power of turning everything into gold. We were so proud of our letters, we even put them on display in the corridor. After that, we decided to write a diary entry for ‘Tim, The Skittles Man’, because he also had The Midas Touch and everything he touched turned to Skittles. At first, we thought this would be a brilliant power to have, but then we decided we weren’t so sure after he couldn’t cuddle his baby!
Spring One - Creative Curriculum
In our Creative Curriculum we have learnt all about Ancient Greece. We started off by finding out where Greece is now and showed this on a map. We then moved on to learning about Greek Gods, who we researched and then decided and explained who our favourite Greek Gods were. These pictures show shows our learning journey so far and just two of our letters to King Midas! We can’t wait to carry on learning more about Ancient Greece.
Spring One - Science
In science, we have been learning all about light and dark. We investigated which surfaces reflect light and which materials block light and designed some fantastic book bags with reflective materials on them. After that, we looked at the dangers of UV light and, as part of our experiment we put some black card onto sugar paper and left these in the sunlight. We were absolutely shocked at the damage the sunlight did to the sugar paper, even in the winter!
We also had a look at the affects that light has on reflections. We found out that the light reflected by a mirror preserves most of the characteristics of the original light, so it creates a clear image. We also discovered that you can use mirrors to write secret messages because an image in a mirror appears to be reversed.
To finish off we investigated how different shadows can be created and had a fantastic afternoon creating Greek God Shadow Puppets and putting on a show in classrooms.
Autumn Two - Maths
In our maths lessons in Autumn 2, we again used our place value and number facts, but moved our learning on to undertake much harder multiplication and division. We really enjoyed multiplication, and using inverses to help us with our division facts. We check our learning was secure by doing lots of “Prove it activities”. Our arithmetic skills are excellent and we continue to practice these on a regular basis by completing our Skills Checks.
Autumn Two - English
We have focus on lots of different areas of grammar this half term and have been especially focused on using fronted adverbials in our writing and we have even played games to help us understand how to use them correctly. This half term saw our whole school focus on the same stimulus for our piece of writing. This was a clip from the polar express. We loved watching the clip and for our end piece of writing we wrote what we thought would happen next. We acted out the scene in groups which helped us choose exciting speech verbs in our writing.
Autumn Two - Creative Curriculum
In creative curriculum we started the half term off by learning about volcanos. We learnt the different parts of the earth from the crust to the mantle and then learnt how a volcano erupts. We then got to make our own volcanos! This was really messy but so much fun!
Once we had finished our volcanos work we learnt about the stone age. We went on a trip to Nell Bank where we learnt loads. We had a go at building shelters as if we were in the stone age, weaving baskets, grinding grain. We even go to have a go using flints to light our own fire, it was really hard but we got the hang of it in the end!
Autumn Two - Science
In science we were learning about forces. We received a letter from a company who design toys and they asked us to find out which surface their toy car move along the best. We conducted our own experiment to find out the answer. We test the car on a number of different surfaces including sand paper, bubble wrap, fabric and a towel. We found out that the car travelled along the card the best.
Autumn One - Maths
We started off our year revising our number facts and place value. Following on from this, the children learnt different methods for addition and subtraction and choose their favourite ones. Because the children had learnt the methods so well, we decided to have some “Prove it” questions to make sure the childrens’ learning was embedded. Here are some photographs of our addition and subtraction learning and some examples of “Prove it”.
Autumn One - English
Our English lessons have all been based around a stimulus, either a video clip, picture or a short story. After evaluating the stimuli, we have written a selection of text types including character descriptions, setting descriptions, story openers and we even wrote ‘The Mexico Daily News’. The writing was excellent and the skills the children used ranged from different types of conjunctions, to speech marks and adverbial phrases. Here are some examples of the work the children produced.
Autumn One - Creative Curriculum
We started off our year by placing key events in the Victorian times in chronological order on a timeline. Our topic for the term was “Time Travellers”, beginning with The Victorians and moving on to learning about volcanoes. We looked at artefacts from Victorian times and compared rich and poor Victorian children. We had a fantastic day out on the steam train, dressed as Victorian children and back in class wrote some amazing diary entries.
Autumn One - Science
Alongside our Creative Curriculum, we also learnt about plants. We labelled the main parts of a plant, undertook an investigation about what plants need to grow and the life cycle of a plant. We learnt that plants need nutrients from the soil, water, sunlight, warmth and air to survive.