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Autumn 1



This first half term, we have been learning how living things are classified according to their physical characteristics. We have learned about the characteristics of different invertebrates including arachnids, insects, molluscs, crustaceans, myriapods and worms.


We learned how to create a classification key to sort different living things according to their characteristics.

We also have learned about the kingdom of fungi. Did you know that the largest living organism on earth is a fungus, the honey fungus, which is found in Oregon, North America?

We learnt that yeast gives off carbon dioxide when it is mixed with warm water and sugar. 

We then investigated how changing the amount of sugar, or water or yeast affected the amount of carbon dioxide produced.

Our class book was Beetle Boy by M G Leonard which we really enjoyed. 


Mrs Keough collected examples of arachnids, myriapods, insects, crustaceans, worms and molluscs for us to study. 

Visiting Artist

We were lucky to be able to work with an artist to develop our skills with water colours. 


Autumn 2

South America and the Amazon Rainforest.

In geography, we have been learning about South America and the rainforest. The children have learned about the countries that make up the continent of South America and then have focussed on the country of Brazil. They have found out about push and pull factors that have led to urbanisation. They have learned about life in Rocinha Favela. We then found out about the indigenous tribes that live in the Amazon rainforest and created a double page spread about the Yanomami. 

The children particularly enjoyed reading our class text, The Explorer, by Ruth Rundell. 



In science, we have been learning more about circuits. We have learnt how to draw circuit diagrams and have investigated what happens when we make changes to a circuit by adding more components or changing the size or number of batteries that we use.

We also found out that you can use fruit to generate enough electricity to light a bulb. We experimented with different fruit and vegetables; four lemons or oranges would light a bulb, but potatoes weren't so effective!


This half term, we have been fortunate to be able to work with gymnastics coaches at the Sports Centre in Millom. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and gained in both skill and confidence.