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Spring Term 2023 (Archive)

Welcome to Kingfishers class page!


Kingfishers have made an excellent start to the new term, both in their attitude to learning and the way they continue to represent the school during swimming, tournaments and to visitors to our school. Well done!


Overview of Term 4



Our topic for this first half term is the Silk Trade. We will be learning all baout trade and how it has shaped the world we live in Today. After this we will explore the Silk trade itself. We will discover how it started, the ideas it brought and the items that were traded. As part of these lessons we will learn all about Silk itself. 


The second half term we will be looking at Slave trade. Continuing from our previous understanding of trade we will look at how the triangular trade was developed. We will look at the causes and how people were used as slaves. We will have a class discussion to look at if slave is a good idea or not. 

Our writing this term begins with an exciting wishing tale. We will be looking at how we can make wishes but sometimes they can have different outcomes. We will be looking at a story called One Chance. After this we will be looking at wonderful poems. Looking at similies and metaphors and even trying to include these in our poem. 


When we come back from half term we will be linking our writing with our topic. We will be looking at Slave trade and diary writing. We will be reading a diary entry of a slave. We are focusing on identifying the features of a diary entry and then having a go at writing our own. Next will be persuasive writing. We will be trying to persuade you to come and visit our own magical island of dreams! 

Whole Class Reading

In reading, we have begun our book for this term: Clockwork by Philip Pullman. This is a gothic tale, set ‘in the old days’ in a town in Germany. It brings together many strands of a story, including the disturbing and mysterious Dr Kalmenius, Fritz the storyteller, a clockwork prince and a dangerous clockwork knight! As it progresses, the events in the story begin to come true…

The class will continue to develop their skills in answering ‘VIPERS’ comprehension questions.



In maths, we are continuing to work on Multiplication and Division (Spring block) where the class are developing their skills multiplying up to 4 digits by 2 digits and dividing 4 digits by 1 digit. Once we have completed this, we will move onto the subject of Fractions. In addition to this, we practice arithmetic skills each day (mental maths), along with continually revisiting previous learning. Kingfishers are also encouraged to continue with the very popular Timestable Rockstars at home. Please contact the office if login details are required.

Rio is our class mascot, and has a certain role to play in class each day.

Rio will sit on the desk of a pupil who has passed their secret mission the day before…..

What is this secret mission? Each day, we secretly choose, at random, a child to demonstrate the focus of the day (e.g. participating, working hard, listening well etc). The class will be unaware of who has been chosen and so will all focus on achieving this target. If they pass their mission, the mystery student will be revealed! However, if they do not pass, their identity will remain anonymous, and as a class we will reflect on improvements we can make for the next day.


Kingfishers have been busy  learning all about freedom quilts. We have even had a go at making our own. We had fun learning about why they were made and the symbolism behind them. Exploring and trying different media was great fun!  

Here are our topics for other areas of the curriculum:

Science – Properties and Changes of Materials---- Forces

Computing - Mars Rover---- Stop start animation

RE -Relationships 

PSHE – Healthy Me

PE – Dance ( Tuesday)---- Circuit ( Thursday)

Music – Drawing music



Kingfishers continue to work hard at their learning. We are very proud of their efforts and look forward to this continuing as the term progresses.

Ms Starodubtseva, Ms Monnery and Ms Strong

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