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Autumn 2

It has been a week of Design and Technology in Swallowtails', the children have completed their protypes of a catapult. They have been tested for distance, how far a projectile could go, and are in the process of testing for accuracy. The children learnt new skills of sawing and joining, along with how to make a structure stronger. They have also self and peer evaluated their designs. Attract and repel have been the scientific words used in Science as we are looking at magnets. The children have tried to find materials that are magnetic and workout the reasons why. In maths we have continued learning our times tables but have also started looking at angles, lines, 2D and 3D shapes. The kindness Elf has made a return visit to Swallowtails and the children are keen to complete the challengers set.
 
 

Science - magnets, how they work, poles that attract and repel.

In Science, we are looking at how magnets work.

The Crocodile by Roald Dahl

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The Crocodile by Roald Dahl

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The Crocodile by Roald Dahl

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Swallowtails are in the full wing of their learning about the Vikings, we have created living graphs (very tricky) and started to explore King Alfred the Great. Our week in maths has seen us looking at fractions, unit fractions and equivalent fractions, we will continue with this for the term. In English, we have shared our own group performances of Roald Dahls the Crocodile. We also read The Pig by Roald Dahl to get ideas for rhyming couplets. The children are in the process of writing poetry about either a bear or a hedgehog using rhyming couplets. During PE the children decided how yoga made them feel, calm or energised? They then went on to develop their own yoga routines.
 
Swallowtails have been wearing their designer hats this week during DT. The children were tasked with designing a Viking Longship to safely carry Vikings across the water. The children researched longships and then looked at the materials they could use, followed by drawing their own template. Construction followed, which proved challenging for most of the children but they all persevered. The final test was to see how the longships coped with being on the waves. This was great fun and the real test was to see who carried the most Vikings, 22 was the winning number. In maths we have started to look at division and using the written method, the children have worked really well through the processes. Our newspaper reports have been completed and made for interesting reading about the Viking invasion. Friction is our subject in science with experiments involving, beads, sandpaper and tarmac. Please be prepared for those Christmas songs being sung and hummed as we prepare for Christmas celebrations.

Swallowtails have been busy this week. In maths we have been using written method for multiplication, as well as learning our x4, x8 times tables. In English we have started to explore our newspaper article about the Vikings arrival, based on the book 'The Last Viking'. In DT our focus has been longships, materials used in the making of a boat and what are the important design features. We tested different materials in a fish tank, using model Vikings and manmade waves. We are now starting to design our own longship. Our R.E. for this half term is Angels, we explored what it means to show the best representation of yourself to others. As a Key Stage (and bubble) we visited the War Memorial plaque at Memorial hall to observe Armistice Day, all the children were so respectful and were a real credit to the school. .

Swallowtails Remember - poppy display

French lessons - singing Frere Jaques

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We managed to spy on Sven and his boat making skills during 'reconstruction relay'.

We had a surprise visit from Sven the Viking in Swallowtails.

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