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Puffins Class

Miss Diffey and Mrs Pachecho

Welcome back to Puffins Class! We hope you had a lovely Easter break. Miss Diffey and Mrs Pacheco are very happy to be back in the classroom with you all.

We have discussed our expectations for the term and will continue to be proud of what we achieve and consistently try our best.

Our enquiry question this term is:

‘Why were the Vikings so ambitious?’

This is a history focus where we will study who the Vikings were, where they came from and why they invaded and raided Britain.

Our Design Technology (DT) will link to this enquiry and we will be making Viking longships from wood. We will be developing our drawing skills in our Art lessons as we look at drawing Viking faces and dragon heads. We will also be producing work for a virtual art display.

Our focus in maths will be perimeter and area, followed by fractions and decimals, and finally, data handling.

In English, we’ll begin by reading The 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 Vikings and then we will look at the book, ‘How to train your dragon’. Some pupils may have seen the film version already.

In science, we will look at states of matter – solids, liquids, and gases. We will be carrying out more exciting investigations including looking at whether the bubbles of gas in fizzy drinks make the drinks heavier, and the most efficient speed to melt chocolate.

In Religious Education (RE) this term, our focus religion is Christianity. We will look closely at the concept of ‘agape’ and discuss how Christians use this philosophy in everyday life.

In computing lessons, we will continue to use technology safely by recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and ways of reporting concerns. We will use the iPads and laptops for research, for Times Table Rock Stars practise, for programming (Scratch) and for data tasks.

Mrs Gomes will continue to teach us Portuguese as our foreign language, and Mrs Morton will use her creative talents to deliver Art and Drama.