Blue Spruce

Image of Blue Spruce branches

What if the Romans had never invaded Britain?

In term three and four, Blue Spruce are travelling back in time to experience the Roman Empire. We’ll be exploring how and why the Romans invaded Britain, how the development of ‘Roman roads’ and Hadrian’s Wall supported them to do this.  Using our knowledge from terms one and two to support us, we’ll be finding out about the gods and goddesses from Ancient Rome, I wonder if there are any similiarities between them?  As we delve further into the Roman Empire, we’ll be learning about Queen Boudicca and the tactics the Roman’s used to defend themselves against her and her army.

In term three English we will be escaping Pompeii alongside young Tranio and his friend Livia!  We will be using the telling of this historic event from author Christina Balit to develop our fugurative language and apply this to our story telling.  During term four, we will be changing strategy and will begin delving into non-fiction, writing all about the ‘Gentle Mountain’ itself, Mount Vesuvius. 

In term three science, we will be experimenting with states of matter.

Do not hesitate to get in touch: ddiplock@beckley.e-sussex.sch.uk

Home learning useful links:

www.purplemash.com – children can login and explore resources to support all areas of the curriculum, complete tasks and play games

www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning – use this link to watch videos for your year group.

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 – great for testing your mathematical recall

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/libraries/online/ebooks-audiobooks/ebooks/ – you can download ebooks for free from the library service

www.pobble365.com – a fantastic website that publishes a new image every day as a stimulus for writing, with hints and exercises to get the creative juices flowing

Staff

Class Teacher: Miss Diplock
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Griffiths

Reminders

  • Reading records are to be in school every day. Please ensure your child is reading with an adult at least three times a week. Please ensure adults write a comment into your child’s reading record when you have heard them read.
  • Spelling homework will be given every Monday, following a spelling lesson. The children will have time, every day, to practice their spellings at school but please do read the words through with your children ensuring they understand the meaning and how to use them.
  • Activities to support spelling practice: spelling-selection-activities

Knowledge Organisers

The Blue Spruce Gallery

Blue Spruce had a fantastic time at Smuggler’s Adventure in Hastings. Although it was quite scary to start with, our eyes adjusted to the gloom and we learnt about how smugglers used crafty ways to bring contraband into England. We were even lucky enough to eat our lunch on the beach and have a ride on the West Hill Lifts.

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When learning about the Earth, we used plasticine to mould the different layers from the inner core all the way to the crust.

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Here we are making the decoration for our recycled drums. We used a wax-resistant technique and some action painting to create our finished designs.

Our author visit from Thomas Taylor, who illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and is the author of The Eeerie-on-Sea series.

Little Gate Farm – decorating their Christmas tree with our hand made ornaments.

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