Barum Spring Term 2023


The children loved being authors this week! We changed the story of The Dragon Machine and used the story map to write the new story, using verbs in the past tense and prepositional phrases.

In Maths we are practising counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We have learnt what data is, how to collect it using tally charts and then record our data findings onto a pictogram.

We have started learning about materials in Science. We discussed different types of materials: wood, glass, fabric, metal, paper, cardboard and plastic. We looked at lots of objects and classified them into the correct group. Some objects were made of more than one type of material. E.g. scissors are made of metal and plastic.

In history, we talked about the people and events in History that we have learnt about so far in KS1. We then ordered these key people and events onto a timeline, using our knowledge and observational skills.


We have enjoyed hearing all about what you found out from grandparents and people who were alive in the 60s. We also had a go at classifying different toys and games into 1960s and the present day. We compared the toys and games and discussed some overlap between toys from the 60s to now.

 In English, we started our shared write creating a class story about a girl who builds a mermaid machine, based on our text ‘The Dragon Machine’.

Barum class re-capped what even and odd numbers are and carried out an investigation to identify any patterns when we add, two odd numbers together, two even numbers together and then add an odd and even number together. The children were surprised by the results!


Barum class have enjoyed reading our new text ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward. We have discussed likes, dislikes, puzzles and patterns from the story and have written sentences about what the dragons are doing in the sweet shop, using verbs in the past tense.

We have continued our maths learning about shape. This week we have learnt what symmetry is and have explored different shapes to identify which ones have a vertical line of symmetry. We have also sorted shapes according to their properties using Venn diagrams.

 Our History enquiry question is How do our favourite toys and games compare with those of the 1960s? The children loved learning about toys and games from this era and started to discuss similarities and differences to our favourite toys and games. We learnt a bit about birthdays and music in the 1960s. Tarka class enjoyed listening to Penny Lane by The Beatles and started to learn to sing Yellow Submarine in singing assembly with Mrs Hughes.