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Autumn 2 - Movers and Shakers

In the Movers and Shakers project, your child will learn five statements from Dawson's model that will help them identify people who are historically significant and use the words year, decade and century to describe dates and times. They will study the life and impact of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, someone who is particularly significant to Didcot and other significant individuals from around the world. They will complete in-depth studies of significant explorers Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong, and significant activists Emmeline Pankhurst and Rosa Parks and think carefully about the impact of their actions. The children will also carry out an independent study of a significant person from the past and learn about people who are significant today. 


Our PE days will continue to be Wednesdays and Fridays, these sessions will be outside so please ensure that your child is dressed for colder conditions.


At the back of your child's reading journal there are all the logins that you require to access Google Classroom, Times Table Rock Stars, Spelling Shed and Doodle Maths.  Please do make a note of these (taking a photo on your phone is a good idea) to ensure that you always have access to the sites, even when reading journals are in quarantine.  We can see clear patterns between engagement with our online platforms and attainment in the classroom, so regular practise is very important.

Week 3- 16th- 20th November



We started our week by securing our knowledge on number bonds and thought carefully about how we can work systematically to find all of them efficiently. We then moved on to finding and making number bonds to 100 and paid close attention to looking at the tens and ones which was shown on a hundred squares to support our understanding. We started to explore different strategies we could use to add three 1-digit numbers e.g. finding 10 or finding doubles. To end our unit of work on addition and subtraction, we completed a short assessment. Towards the end of the week we started our new topic which is money. We looked at coins and notes and the value each one held. 

Next week  we will continue our unit of work on money.  Please allow your children to explore money within your household, giving them the opportunity to sort, feel and describe it would be really beneficial for their learning. 


This week has been poetry slam week! Each house group (from both classes)  has learnt and performed poems, off by heart, all about space by different authors. We discussed and thought carefully about our pace, volume, posture and actions whilst rehearsing and performing. We also looked carefully at the judging criteria: the voice, understanding, presentation and accuracy. Ask your child to perform their poem at home!


This week the focus has been on activists. We have briefly touched on who William Wilberforce, Emmeline Pankhurst, Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi and Malala Yousafzai were. We looked at Rosa Parks in more depth and found out who she was, what she did and why she was significant. 

Next week we will be finding out more about Emmeline Pankhurst. 


In art this week we did a colour study, looking closely at different paintings and considered the following questions: What colours has the artist used? Is the use of the colour realistic? How has the artist applied the paint? How do you think the artist has made this dark shade of red?

Before investigating what blues, reds, yellows, greens, organges, purples and browns we could make, we thought carefully about the primary and secondary colours and the impact this would have when mixing our paint powders to create a colour. To conduct our colour study, we used small brushes, powder paints and pallets for mixing work.

Week 2 - 9th-13th November



We started the week by consolidating understanding of using column addition.  We then moved on to subtracting two 2 digit numbers, using maths equipment to regroup, this time the children were exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones to complete their calculations.  During the week the children have learnt to manipulate the equipment to answer questions and write column addition answers with regrouping.

Next week we will complete this unit of work and move on to money.



This week we have continued to use 'Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram to look in more depth at story sequencing.  We have looked at time conjunctions that can be used.  The children have written their own sequel to the book using an alternative main character, having looked carefully at the alien that features in the illustrations.


During whole class guided reading sessions the focus has been on 'Bob's Best Ever Friend', a follow on book to 'Man on the Moon'.  The children have been using the text to answer comprehension style questions.



This week the focus has been on explorers.  The children have looked in more depth at Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.  The children have considered where they explored, when they lived and how they contributed to international achievements.  After looking at these significant explorers they also found out about other explorers, they were very surprised to find out that Vasco's De Gama's trade route to India is still used today, over five hundred years later.


Next week our focus will turn to significant activists.  We will be looking in more depth at Rosa Parks, building on the knowledge acquired during a whole school assembly last term.



There are significant festivals at this time of year for a number of faiths.  Over the past two weeks the children have been looking at the Hindu festival of Diwali and the significance of light.  Over the next two weeks the focus will be on the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah.



Week 1- 02.11.20



We have started looking at our new book this week, Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram. On Monday, we looked at a picture to search for clues to find out some more information about the character. We found out that he was an astronaut and on the moon so we had lots of questions to ask him. We wrote down some questions and as a class wrote him a letter. On Tuesday morning,  Mrs Fuller delivered a letter and a mysterious parcel to us. We opened it and found a letter from Bob (the astronaut) alongside a book to answer all of our questions. On Thursday, we experienced what it would be like to travel into space and arrive at the International Space Station. We discussed what it would be like in space. To end our week, we each wrote our own postcards to the children in Reception to tell them what we had experienced on Thursday. Next week, we will continue to explore this book in more detail. 



In maths, we have been continuing to think about addition and subtraction. We have also been introduced to exchanging. We now know that when we have 10 ones, we need to exchange this for 1 ten. We will be coming to the end of our unit of addition and subtraction next week.



Our topic this term is Movers and Shakers, and we have really enjoyed finding out about lots of significant people. We have learnt to use Dawson’s model to decide whether someone is significant or not and that significant people can be sorted into groups by what they did; scientist, explorer, activist, artist and monarch. So far we have explored Emmeline Pankhurst, Joseph Lister, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Vincent Van Gogh, Henry VIII and Rosa Parks. We found out that Isambard Kingdom Brunel built The Great Western Railway so that people could travel from London to Bristol faster.

Next week, we will be learning about Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus.