Barum Summer Term 2022


In English this week we have planned our own stories about a child that overcomes a fear, we have written a blurb and designed a book cover for our new stories.

In maths, we have been learning about capacity and volume and have enjoyed conducting some investigations by predicting which containers will hold the most liquid and explaining why we think this, then finding out if our predictions have been right.

In Science this week we have been learning about what a habitat is. We have found out facts about different habitats around the world and have had a look around the school grounds to see what microhabitats we have in school. We also carried out an investigation to see which conditions woodlice prefer, we observed them and reported our findings.


In English this week we have started to innovate our story by changing the characters and what their fears are, we have generated new adjectives for our noun phrases and have started to re-write the story together.

In maths, we have continued our unit on measure, practicing subtraction by finding the difference using a number line. Although at first we found this tricky I was so impressed with everyone’s perseverance, they all felt a great sense of achievement when they mastered it.

In Geography we have continued our learning about Brazil and have been making a fact file full of interesting facts we have found out about Brazil.

This week in PE we had a final practise of our carnival dance to a song called ‘Beautiful Creatures’ from the film ‘Rio 2’. The children wore their carnival headdresses and gave an outstanding performance of the dance with Tarka class as our audience.

Thank you for all the effort that went into producing some amazing Rainforests. The children have had the opportunity to show them to their peers and we have learnt some fascinating facts from their research.


In English this week we have explored our text ‘Orion and the Dark’ finding some interesting and unusual vocabulary, we have explored synonyms to use in our own stories and have practiced writing expanded noun phrases.

In maths, we have continued our unit on measure this week we have been learning about mass using the standard measure of grams and kilograms. We have used balance scales to predict and then find out which objects are the heaviest or the lightest, we have also thought about which type of scales are most appropriate for measuring the mass of different objects.

In Geography we have started learning facts about Brazil, looking at their flag and finding Brazil on atlas’ and globes.

This week in Science we started our new unit ‘Animals and their habitats, we have learnt the 7 life processes and classified objects, plants and animals according to whether they are; living, were once alive or have never been alive.


Barum class have had a great start to the second half of term, the children shared all the great things they had done during the half term and wrote fantastic recounts about their holidays.

 We have enjoyed reading and learning the story of Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett. This is our new text for our story writing sequence, we will be learning to write a story in the first person about a child overcoming a fear.

In maths, we have started a new unit on measure, we have learnt about using standard measures, practiced how to use a ruler to measure accurately and how to choose the most appropriate measuring tool for the item we are measuring.

Barum class were very excited to start making their carnival headdresses in DT and they enjoyed making Father’s Day cards, ready to celebrate on Sunday!

Barum class have finished writing up their letters to their Brazilian Pen Pals, they will be posted to Brazil on Friday. We are very excited about receiving the replies.
In DT the children have completed a plan of what they will need to make their carnival headdresses, they have chosen their favourite design thinking about the different colours they will use and how they will attach all the different elements of the headdress.
In maths we have been working on fractions recognising and finding a half, quarter and third of different shapes and amounts.
The children have been really excited this week to see their butterflies finally emerged from their cocoons, today we will release three healthy butterflies.

Barum class have started writing their letters to their pen pals, giving information about themselves and asking questions.

We have started our DT learning with the children. They learnt how to join different materials using split pins, tabs, folds and loops of masking tape and have sketched 4 possible designs to evaluate.

In Dance we have choreographed our individual group dances inspired by rainforest animals and have learnt our group dance sequence using pomp poms.


The children have worked really hard to finish their recounts in English this week. We have started to think about our letter writing to Brazilian pen pals. We thought about the information we would need to tell a pen pal and questions we will ask them.

In maths, we have been working on adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers from 2-digit numbers, using number lines, place value charts and base 10 equipment.

In PE we have started to choreograph a Brazilian carnival dance. The children have choreographed short sequences in small groups and have learnt a short sequence of dance using pom poms and maracas.

In science we have had a closer look at seeds exploring lots of different fruit seeds, we are observing some green bean seeds and have predicted whether the root, stem, flower or leaves will grow first. We have also been learning about what plants needs to grow and be healthy.


This week in English we have created noun phrases for all the things we saw, heard and felt on our Rosemoor trip. We have started to write our recount of the trip using time connectives and noun phrases to add more interest and detail to our writing.

In Maths we have been working on adding and subtracting a two-digit number and a one-digit number using our knowledge of number bonds to ten and representing this on a number line.

In Science we have been learning the functions of the parts of a plant and have explored the different types of plants and sorting them into fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants we don’t eat.


It has been lovely to see the children back after their Easter holiday, we have had such a lovely first week back.

The children really enjoyed the tennis festival at Tarka Tennis, they took part in all the activities with great enthusiasm and energy! We had a fantastic day at Rosemoor RHS Gardens, the children learnt about how seeds germinate, we planted some Nasturtium seeds and had a chance to explore the gardens. We were very proud of how well the children behaved and how kind and respectful they were to the staff, each other, their helpers and the public.

In English we are learning to write a recount and have sequenced the events of our trip and written sentences using time connectives.

In Maths we have been learning to tell the time to the hour, half hour, quarter past and quarter to the hour.


In English this week we have written our own version of a story based on ‘Orion and the Dark’. The children have really impressed me with their imaginative story ideas and how well they have written their stories in the first person and using great adjectives in their noun phrases.

In Science this week we have been learning about what different adaptations animals have in to be best suited to the habitat in which they live. We have also been learning about food chains. We have revisited our learning to identify which animals are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores in order to help us make simple food chains.

In Geography the children have thoroughly enjoyed making paper mache globes. They have been learning to name the 7 continents and identify them on globes and atlas’. We have had great fun learning the continents song.