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In English this half term we are looking at a range of persuasive writing, identifying the structural and language features of persuasive writing before writing our own persuasive brochure. This writing will be linked to our study of the Vikings in history and will be to encourage Vikings to come and settle in England.


Following that we will be writing an emotive narrative connected to climate change and sustainability inspired by an animation.


We will then look at the themes within the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar and write a non-chronological report and a letter.


To end the term we will be linking our work in English to our theme week - Christmas



In maths this half term we are

  • revisiting all Key Stage 2 fractions objectives plus: comparing fractions; placing fractions on a number line; representing fractions in their simplest form; finding equivalent fractions, using the lowest common multiple; adding fractions where the denominators are the same; subtracting fractions where the denominators are the same; adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators; adding and subtracting mixed numbers
  • working with all four number operations (+ - x ÷) including problem solving and reasoning. Using BIDMAS acronym to determine the order of operations
  • learning the formal long division method
  • Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places

  • Multiply multi-digit numbers by a two-digit number using the formal method of long multiplication.

  • Recognise that shapes with the same areas can have different perimeters and vice versa. Recognise when it is possible to use formulae for area and volume of shapes.

  • Calculate the area of parallelograms and triangles.

  • Describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants). Draw and translate simple shapes on the coordinate plane, and reflect them in the axes.

  • Calculate, estimate and compare volume of cubes and cuboids using standard units, including cubic centimetres (cm3) and cubic metres (m3) and extending to other units (for example mm3 and km3)



Our work this half term is focused on history and geography.

In the continuation of our history block from Autumn 1, (the Anglo Saxon and Viking struggle for power in England to the time of Edward the Confessor.)

We will answer the following questions:

  • What was England like after the Romans left?
  • Who were the Anglo Saxons and how did they get here?
  • What was life like for the Anglo Saxons?
  • How was England separated into regions during this time?
  • When did the Vikings invade Britain and why?
  • Where did the Vikings settle?
  • Who was King Alfred?
  • What happened in 1066?


This is followed by a theme week exploring climate change, and sustainability. We will build on the ideas of the children to create a list of pledges for Fairway.


This is followed by a geography block in which we will be learning about volcanoes where we will learn to:

  • Locate some of the world’s countries,concentrating on volcanic regions, key physical and human characteristics and major cities.
  • Describe and understand key aspects of:

- physical geography, including volcanoes.
- human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity.

  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
  • Use the eight points of a compass and six figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.