In English, we have been studying the dark, mysterious work of Neil Gaiman in the form of his novel, ‘The Graveyard book’. To develop out initial understanding of the book, we learnt to analyse the text by retrieving and recording simple facts, answering questions using supporting evidence and summarise key events in full sentences. To improve our descriptive writing, we studied a range of settings from within the text, describing them using the five senses and a range of techniques such as expanded noun phrases figurative language, such as similes, metaphors and hyperbole.

In Maths, we have continued to explore Fractions in greater depth. Using the knowledge acquired in the first Autumn term, we learn how to add and subtract fractions with different denominations and mixed numbers, using the concept of equivalent fractions. To build on our learning around the four main operations, we learnt to multiply and divide simple pairs of proper fractions, before writing the product in its simplest form. We have now begun to associate a fraction with division and calculate a decimal/fraction equivalent. This will enable us to identify relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages with more confidence in upcoming units of work

In Science, we have built on the knowledge taught in Year 4 to increase our understanding of electricity. To check for understanding, we recalled circuit symbols for a cell, battery, switch, motor and buzzer before constructing simple circuits. This early work enabled us to recognise and explain what was needed for a circuit to work correctly. We explored how to draw simple series circuits before fault-finding errors in circuit drawings. This allowed us to manage variables within a circuit and change components and explain the patterns of change produced.

In Geography, we focused on a range of key skills to improve our confidence to ‘work geographically’. Using a range of media types such as atlases, globes and maps, we were able to confidently identify and name deserts and desert regions across the world. Furthermore, we used maps and atlases to describe the features in more detail and exploring why settlements had been established in specific regions. We explored the use of Ordnance Survey maps and played a range of games to better understand the range of symbols which are used. In addition, we studied the four cardinal points of a compass and the 8 main points to complete a range of activities relating to position and direction.