Barum Summer Term 2023


Barum class have worked hard being fabulous authors this week. They have created their own information page about a sea creature of their choice and have learnt some really interesting facts J

In maths we have worked on addition and subtraction using base 10 and number lines to solves two-step problems to help the three Billy Goats Gruff cross the bridge safely and worked out how much further they needed to swim to cross the river

In Geography, we worked really hard to finish our seven continents booklets adding famous landmarks and animals that live on each continent.

In science we started a new topic ‘Living things and their habitats’. We classified objects and animals according whether they are ‘living’ or ‘never alive’. We have learnt what a habitat is and went on the search around school to find microhabitats.


We have started to write our fact pages in English on our chosen sea creatures, using present tense verbs and subordination.

In maths we have been working on addition and subtraction using a number line. We have been solving problems to help the three Billy Goats Gruff, involving adding and subtracting two 2-digit numbers.

In Geography, we recapped the names and facts about the five oceans and learnt about the seven continents. We have started to make continent books with facts about each continent and drawings of some of the animals we would find in each continent. We used these songs to support our learning – oceans song, continents song - have a look at home!


Barum class wrote some lovely thank you cards to the volunteers at the RNLI, the Aquarium and the fish and chip shop who all took care of us in Ilfracombe last week!

In English, we have researched facts on sea turtles and have completed our shared write together using present tense verbs and subordinating conjunctions ‘when’, ‘if’ and ‘while’.

In Geography, we started to learn the names of the five oceans of the world and some facts about each one!


We started our week with a wonderful trip out to Ilfracombe! The children were and excited to explore the lifeboats at the RNLI station and the local sea life creatures at the aquarium. They had time for a play on the beach and enjoyed fish and chips for lunch! Well done Barum and Tarka class for your excellent behaviour all day.

Back at school, we wrote a recount of our trip, using all of the features we have learnt about recount writing.

In maths, we have finished our learning about time. This week we have solved some problems using what we know about minutes in a hour and hours in a day.

Barum class have enjoyed some fun Coronation activities; making a collaged Union Jack flag, learning about what the Coronation means, finding out some facts about King Charles and drawing a portrait of our new king! We loved tasting the yummy treats you all sent in, thank you.

This week Barum class went to Tarka Tennis for a tennis festival. The children really enjoyed the activities and learnt some new skills. I was so pleased with how they listened and engaged enthusiastically in all of the activities, they were super representatives of our school.

In English the children have been learning to use present tense verbs and subordinating conjunctions ‘when’, ‘while’ ‘if’, and ‘as’ in their sentences about penguins.

In maths, Barum class have been practising telling the time using quarter past, quarter to and telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

In science we have been learning that animals and humans have offspring and that all animal babies do not always look the same as their adults.  We have learnt that all animals and humans grow and we have sequenced the stages of a human’s life and the life cycles of a frog.


The children enjoyed sharing their Easter news. Thank you for sending in all the lovely photos and souvenirs.

In English, we are learning to write a non-chronological report about an animal. Our book is called Penguins by Emily Bone; in this unit we will be learning about the lay-out of a non-fiction text, how and when to use present perfect and present progressive verbs and use subordination ‘when’ and ‘if’ to start sentences and to add more information.

In Science, we are learning about animals and humans. I have been really impressed with the knowledge the children have remembered from Year 1 about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores and the different animal groups. On Friday we became stranded on a desert island and made a list of things that we would need. We then thought about the difference between things we need to survive and things we may want to make us comfortable.

We had a visit from the RNLI lifeguards on Wednesday. Barum class learnt about how to stay safe at the beach, what to do if they were in danger in the sea and what the different flags mean. They made sea safety posters to remember the facts!