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Puffins class

Miss Diffey, Mrs Lane and Mrs Burns

Happy New Year! We hope you have had a relaxing Christmas break and we are very excited to welcome you back to school. 

Although it’s a new year, we still have the same high expectations of ourselves and each other. We will continue to be the best we can be and be proud of our achievements. 

Puffins will be flying into the spring term with our enquiry question of, ‘How did the Romans change Britain?’ This is a history focussed topic where we will study Britain’s settlement by the Anglo-Saxons and Scots before focussing on the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain. At the end of the term, we will be visiting the Somerset Museum in Taunton to learn more about life during the Roman times as well as to work with Roman artefacts. 

Our Design Technology (DT) will link to this enquiry and we will be making Roman bread and designing and making catapults! We will be getting creative in our art lessons as we look at Roman mosaics and create our own versions. 

In English, we’ll begin by reading That Pesky Rat – a humorous narrative to get us hooked back into writing. After that, we will explore a range of non-fiction texts about the Romans and then we will look at the graphic novel, A Roman Rescue by K.A. Gerrard. We’ll use this to incorporate drama strategies too. 

We will be starting our fractions and decimals unit in maths; we will learn how to add and subtract fractions, recognise common equivalent fractions as well as, recognise fraction and decimal equivalents. 

In science, we will be learning about animals including humans. We will find out how animals and humans digest food – where there will be plenty of disgusting experiments! Also, we will explore the different types of teeth in animals and humans as well as look at how food chains can be used to identify producers, predators and prey. 

In our Religious Education (RE) lessons, our focus is on Christianity (salvation), so we will be examining the life lessons of Jesus. 

Mrs Gomes will continue to teach us Portuguese as our foreign language, and we are delighted to welcome Mrs Morton into Puffins class who will use her artistic talents to deliver our art lessons. 

In computing lessons, we will continue to use technology safely by recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and ways of reporting concerns. We will be using PowerPoint to create our own comic books which will be based upon the novel A Roman Rescue. In addition, we will use the iPads and laptops for weekly Times Table Rock Stars practise as well as for research. 

We can’t wait to get stuck into the term ahead!