Welcome to Poplar Class!
Mr Watson is the class teacher and is supported by Ms Hanley and Ms Beaney.
We have PE every Monday and Friday, so please remember to bring your kit in on these days.
This term we will be swimming every Friday. If you have been notified that you will be swimming, please make sure that you have your kit with them on this day.
Our library time is on Wednesday, so please bring your book back to school if you would like to change it. Make sure that you always have your Accelerated Reader book at school every day, so that we can read in school daily and then take a quiz when ready.
Spelling Homework is sent out on Monday so that spellings can be practised at home in readiness for our weekly spelling test on Friday. Maths homework will be set on Friday.
Autumn Term 1
As part of our 'Stargazers' topic, we found out about our solar system and the planets that are part of it, including Earth. We also learnt about the rotation of the earth and how this causes night and day, as well as why we have different phases of the moon. We also researched the history of space exploration and found out about the effects of gravity by carrying out scientific investigations. We then designed and made our own space craft in Design & Technology lessons.
Autumn Term 2
During the second half of the Autumn Term we learnt about Mexico as part of our 'Hola Mexico' Topic. We started with Geography and found out about where Mexico is in the world and learnt about the landscape and varying climate that Mexico has. We also looked at its historical significance with a study of the ancient Mayan civilisation that was once part of Mexico and other neighbouring Central American countries. We then found out about the 'Day of the Dead' festival that is celebrated annually in Mexico. During Art & Design lessons we then designed and made our own 'Day of the Dead' masks using modroc and then painted them.
Spring Term 1
During the first half of the Spring Term we learnt about the Middle Ages with our topic 'Peasants, Princes and Pestilence'. We found out about the devastating effect of the Black Death in Britain and how it spread across Europe, after originating in Asia. This formed the inspiration for our writing as we looked at diary entries written in Britain around 1350, when the Black Death was rife in Britain. After learning about the role of the Plague Doctors, we then wrote a diary entry in role, as a Plague Doctor of the time. For the last part of this term we completed another topic called 'Off with Her Head!' This involved learning all about the Tudor period in England from 1485 - 1603, with a particular focus on Henry VIII and his six wives. As part of finding out about the important historical figures of this period, we also looked at the significance of artwork and in particular, the work of Hans Holbein. We then sketched and painted a 'Tudor' style portrait of ourselves.
Spring Term 2
Our topic this term was 'Traders and Raiders'. In this topic we learnt all about Britain from AD 400 until 1066. During this period Britain saw the arrival of both the Saxons and the Vikings. We looked at some of the significant events that happened during this period and how both the Saxons and Vikings helped to shape the Britain we live in today. We also found out about Viking beliefs, including gods and the afterlife.
Summer Term 1
As part our ‘Beast Creator’ topic we looked at many different invertebrates, including, insects, molluscs, crustaceans and arachnids. We also focused on different habitats and how different minibeasts have adapted to their particular environment. Whilst on our residential trip to Holt Hall we looked at woodland, lake and beach habitats and studied the creatures found in these varying habitats.
Summer Term 2
During the first half of this term we learnt about ‘Alchemy Island’. This has been mainly a science-based topic and we have been looking at the properties of different materials, how these can change and if that change is reversible or irreversible. We have also been learning how to work more scientifically.
Our final topic is ‘Scream Machine’. We will be investigating forces on rides that swing, spin, roll and loop. This will include looking at the science behind roller coasters and what forces they subject our bodies to. We will carry out some investigations into Cam mechanisms, pendulums and pulleys and look at prototypes. Finally, we will learn about the effect of air resistance, water resistance and friction.