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Vale View Primary School

Vale ViewPrimary School

Term 2

Our Topic this term is entitled 'Explorers'

'How has exploring impacted the world we live in today?’  People have been exploring for thousands of years and have discovered lots about the world and beyond. The earliest explorers discovered different lands. On his quest to find India, Christopher Columbus stumbled across the Bahamas and discovered quite how big the world is! As the first man ever to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong was launched into History. He paved the way for many other great astronauts and space expeditions. It was ‘one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind’! Since then many intrepid explorers from the Cholita climbers to Felicity Aston have embarked upon their own adventures… What does it take to become an explorer? Who will be the next big adventurer? As spectacular Scientists we investigate, identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for different uses. As hard-working historians we will study the lives and contributions of Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus as world famous explorers building on our learning from term 1 and the concept of ‘legacy’. As ambitious Artists we will take inspiration from Turner and the ‘Thanet skies’ to create our own landscape art.


This term the children have been learning how to add and take multiples of 10 from any given number. They have learnt how to use a hundred square to help them; they move up the grid when they are taking away and move down when adding. Here are some pictures of children rehearsing this skill. 

multiples of 10 multiples of 10

multiples of 10

In our topic maths lessons we have been revisiting 2D shapes. The children have been trying to make their own shapes accurately using rulers to measure the straws before cutting them to shape.  

 2D shapes  2D shapes

 2D shapes


In our topic maths lessons this term we have focussed on the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We have then attempted to make our own 3D shapes using straws and blu-tac, using nets to stick together, then using our knowledge of the shape of the faces needed with sugar paper. Have a look at some of our models made. The children were all collaborative cats and worked really hard together.

cube cube

cube cube

cube cube

In number maths we have learnt about the commutative law. All the children were able to generate their own number sentences and swap the numbers around correctly to show different ways of adding.

 maths  maths


As part of our Science this term we have been looking at the properties of different materials. We have named a variety of objects and then been able to discuss which material they are made out of. We then asked the key question “What material is right for the job?”. Focussing on the properties of the materials we decided which material was best to use for different objects. Here are some examples of the work we have done.

 Science  Science

 Science  Science


To get us in the festive mood in the last week of term, we have been using our adventurous vocabulary to create our own calligrams in our English lessons. The children all used lots of lovely adjectives to describe all aspects of winter and Christmas. Here are some examples of their work.

festive mood festive mood

festive mood festive mood