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Learning in Autumn Term 2

In the second half of the Autumn Term we have been learning all sorts of wonderful different subjects! Our topic for the half term was Florence Nightingale, who has inspired a lot of our activities.


Read more to find out what the children have been doing this half term...


In Literacy, the children saw a video of Florence Nightingale who had a big problem! Watch the video below to learn about how Florence Nightingale lost a page of her diary!



The children worked very hard to write replacement pages of Florence's diary.

Later in the term, the children wrote excellent Christmas poems using a variety of adjectives (describing words) and verbs (doing words). Look out for these excellent poems when the Christmas Calandars are come home with your children next week.



In maths lessons we have been learning a lot about multiplying and repeated addition. Amongst many other methods, the children used numicon tiles to find out how many ways they could add to 20 by repeating the same number (for example, 5 + 5 + 5 + 5).



In science we have been learning about what animals need to live, and why animals move. The children discovered that slow animals survive because their food cannot move, so they do not need ot rush - but fast animals survive by running towards their prey, or running away from their predators! We did an investigation to find out if a snail would move towards lettuce because it has super smell, or whether it would be confused by other green objects... ask your child what their findings were.




In RE we have been thinking about light and what it means to us, what it means to Hindus and what it means to Christians at this time of year. We learnt about Diwali and Diva Lamps, and even made our own out of playdough. We also learnt about Advent candles and the story of Jesus' birth. What do candles remind you of?



We learnt about Florence Nightingale and how she influenced nursing. The children thought about how she went to Scutari Hospital during the Crimean war and helped the soldiers. Florence's teachings have impacted nursing for generations. Have a look at our Florence Nightingale Wow Day blog to see some images!



This half term we have looked at existing maze games and designed our own. The children had to design the walls and spaces for their character to move through, then alter the villains and heroes to be appropriate to a 'Scutari Hospital' setting. They also thought of rules for their game and wrote instructions on how to play. If you would like to see your child's computer game, please ask their teacher who would be happy to log you on!


Music and PSHE

The children wrote songs about Good to Be Me. Our Music and PSHE subjects were closely matched thie rhalf term, as in PSHE the children thought about their own feelings and how to deal with emotiomns such as anger.