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Term 6 - Castles

This term, Lime Trees will be learning all about castles! We will begin by learning about William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Children will learn the significance of William in the building of castles and act out the Battle of Hastings. Children will then learn about parts of castles and their structure. After this, children will be designing and making their own castle, thinking about how to make it stable and strong. Catapults will then be made, learning about mechanisms. Children will have the opportunity to use a range of materials and techniques within the topic. 

Have a look at the knowledge organiser for this term:

Applying everything Lime Tree class have learnt about making stables more stiff, stable and strong, they began constructing their castles. They were given 4 sheets of cardboard so they worked extremely hard to construct a secure structure. 

To make our castles look more realistic, we used different painting techniques to create a stone effect with paints. We found that the sponges created a more stone like effect.

We then experimented different joining methods- hot glue gun, cello tape, staples, hole punch and treasury tag and PVA. Miss Ashwood was very impressed with how sensible and resilient we was with the hot glue guns. 

We had a first go at making castles from junk modelling, using our knowledge of features of castles. We are going to learn different skills and then have another go, applying what we have learnt!

We then moved onto to learning about the three main types of castles: Motte and Bailey, Stone Keep and Concentric. We learnt about the features, advantages and disadvantages of each.

Lime trees learnt that castles were built with lots of defensive features to ensure they were as strong as possible and that they could keep safe from enemies. Using their knowledge of castle features, children labelled a picture of a castle and then described the features by describing them and explaining what they were used for. 

Children demonstrated their knowledge of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings to write a non-chronological report. All the children did fantastic and was clear how much knowledge they had! Below are some examples.

Lime trees re-enacted the Battle of Hastings in the garden. We learnt that Harold's army had 7000 soldiers and William's army had 9000 soldiers. So we split into two groups (the coloured t-shirts represent the Saxons and the others are the Normans) and the battle began! The Saxons were positioned on a hill which represented Senlac Ridge. We also were able to use some vocabulary such as infantry, archers and cavalry to identify and describe the events of the gruesome battle! William's army were victorious!

Bee-bots - Term 5

This term Lime Tree class will be learning all about bee-bots. We will be exploring the bee-bots and finding out how to use them and what they do. We will also be learning about what e-safety is and how we can make sure we are staying safe online. To end the topic, we will have a PSHE focus where we will be learning all about physical and mental wellbeing and it’s importance.

Have a look at the 'Bee-bots' knowledge organiser: 

In the last week of term, we have been focusing on mental and physical well-being. To help us think and discuss different emotions, we have been reading 'The Colour Monster'. Children used paints to create their own colour monster and labelled it. This created lots of brilliant conversations about how we are feeling and why.

Children completed 2D shape patterns, thinking carefully about the shape, colour and if the shapes have turned. 

To end the topic, lime trees worked in groups to create their own beebot town mat. They thought carefully about the road on their mat as this would be where the beebot would travel. Once they had done this, children then created 3D shapes from nets. These became the buildings in their town. Miss Ashwood was really impressed with the children when they created the 3D shapes as it is a very fiddly thing to do! After this, children then wrote algorithms to get their beebot to travel through their town, pausing at 3 buildings along the way. 

The children are learning about 2D shapes. We did a carousel of activities, went on a shape hunt and created shapes out of straws so we could think about the sides and edges of shapes. 

The children have been designing their own beebot mats this week. They thought carefully about the features of beebot mats we already have and created a list of what they might want on their own. Children then worked in pairs to think of a theme and design a plan. They then used this plan to create their very own beebot mat. 

This week, the children created an e-safety poster to give to the chick from ‘Chicken Clicking’. They began the week researching how to stay safe online. Then, the children discussed what they liked and disliked about a range of e-safety poster, thinking carefully about the features. The children then had a go at creating their own, below are some of Lime Trees’ fantastic posters! 

The children created obstacle courses and then tried to code their beebot to get from the start to the end.

The children were set a challenge of getting a beebot to draw a circle. Here are some of our results!

The children explored the beebots using mats. 

Below are pictures of some of lime trees exploring the bee-bots for the first time this topic. Miss Ashwood was really impressed with all of the children for working out how to get the beebot to move and exploring what each button does!

Growing - Term 4

This term we will be learning all about growing. Firstly, focusing on planting our own seeds and watching them grow into mature plants, thinking about what plants need to grow and identifying a range of common wild and garden plants. We will then move onto learning about the seasons where children will express what they have learnt by making a weather report and creating an art piece. After this, we will learn all about a variety of different animals, including humans. 

Have a look at our 'Growing' knowledge organiser below:

Today, the children began looking at the features of fact files and then moved onto researching animals. The animals we researched were elephants, cheetahs, sharks and polar bears. We are going to use this information in the next couple of days to write a fact file about an animal. This will use all the information we have learnt about animals this term! 

Lime tree’s have been learning that we can group animals based on what they eat. The three groups are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Herbivores eat plants, omnivores eat plants and animals and carnivores eat animals. Ask us to give you some examples of the three type of animals to see what we know! 

Yesterday we went on a virtual trip to Jimmy's farm. We saw lots of animals and really enjoyed describing the animals to each other. Today, we wrote about our trip. Have a look below at some of our work!

We used sticks and stones to help us represent tens and ones to numbers up to 50!

Counting in 2s using cubes and counters.

The four seasons tree painting

Over the past few days, Lime Trees have learnt all about the seasons. To apply their knowledge of how trees and weather changes throughout Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter; children had the task of using brush skills and mixing to paint a tree in each of the seasons.

We completed a range of activities about plants to consolidate our knowledge from home learning.


Home Learning - Term 4

From Monday 22nd February, please find the daily home learning documents below.

All of these documents will also be uploaded to seesaw. 

If you have any questions, please contact the class email address.

Thank you, Miss Ashwood smiley


Term 3: Home learning

Please find home learning documents below, from Monday 4th January. 

If you have any questions, please email the class email address: 

Thank you, Miss Ashwood laugh

Epic! Reading app for home learning - support guide

Where we live!

During this topic we will be exploring everything about where we live.  We will first focus on our local area of Shepway, thinking about our homes and what we have in our local area.  To help us understand more about our locality, we will go on a walk around Shepway to understand features of our local area and to identify human and physical features. We will develop our map work skills by placing symbols on a section of a map of our local area.  Next, we will move onto exploring another area of the UK, Paddington’s new home...London! We will explore what London is like and compare it to Shepway.  After this, we will move onto Peru, where Paddington is originally from. We will find out what Peru was like for Paddington and investigate similarities and differences of the two countries. 

Knowledge organiser for this term

Merry Christmas Lime Trees! 
Below are some photos of what we got up to during the Christmas period! 

Peru experience day! 
Today the children had a jam packed day full of Peruvian experiences! We began the day by learning some dances from Peru. We then tasted some Peruvian deserts- lemon meringue pie, creme caramel and arroz con leche (cinnamon rice pudding). We then went on a tour of Peru to find out more about landmarks. We also decided if they were human or physical features. 

Our trip to Peru!

We went on a virtual trip to Peru! First, we had to receive our boarding passes and then Mrs Edmonds welcomed us onto the airplane as we gave our boarding passes to Miss Ashwood. As we settled down in our seats, we got given an in-flight snack. We took off and landed in Peru, where we then experienced a virtual tour of Lima, learning about some important landmarks such as the Government Palace and the colourful buildings with balcony’s. 


Marmalade subtraction!

Today the children helped Paddington work out how many marmalade jars he has left after eating some. We had to write the number sentences and draw the part whole model to match. 
We then moved onto using counters and creating our own problems. 

Map of the UK 

In our first lesson of learning about the countries that form the UK, we worked in small groups to put together the different countries in the correct places. We created a key on the mini whiteboards which helped to recognise the different countries- England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. See if we can tell you the names of the four countries of the UK at home! 

Outdoor addition! 
We bought our maths learning outside today, using chalks to draw tens frames and completing the addition sentences using the counters or cubes to help us! 

Our class book- Paddington! 
We have had time to sit down and read our class book, which is Paddington. We have found it really useful to each have the book to use during our learning, which is all linked around this text. Miss Ashwood even put on the Paddington soundtrack for us to listen to whilst reading! 


Our Paddington’s guides to London 

We used our knowledge of the London landmarks to create a guide to London. Have a look at some of our fantastic writing! 

Learning about London Landmarks 

Children worked in pairs to read the fact sheets and watch some videos and then presented facts to the rest of the class.

Open top London bus tour! 
Today we experienced a virtual open top bus tour around London! We saw lots of different important landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Shard. We had a think about what landmarks Paddington would enjoy seeing. We thought his favourites would be Buckingham Palace and the London Underground. Hopefully he won’t get into too much trouble! 

Postbox adventure!

Today, lime tree class walked to their local postbox to deliver their postcards they had written about their woodland adventure! We cannot wait to see the adult’s reactions when they finally arrive! 

Learning to add by counting on with numbers within 20

Exploring maps! 
Today we explored a range of maps. Discussing what maps are, why people use maps, and what features a good map has and why. We then moved on to investigating different map symbols. We worked in groups as a class competition to see how many symbols we could guess correctly! Miss Ashwood gave us a clue- the symbols were all showing features from our local area. 

Lime tree’s woodland adventure!


We went on a woodland adventure today! We began by going on a mini beast hunt, then we did some bark and leaf rubbings, then we finished off with some delicious marshmallows!

Human and physical features

Today we labelled 2 different images with the features we could see. Then we made a key so we could identify human or physical features. 


Comparing groups of objects

Today the children used a range of manipulatives to compare groups of objects. First, they used the bead strings and then used base 10 and had to write more than, less than or equal to when comparing their group of objects to their partner’s group. 

Paddington’s bathroom nightmare! 
Today we watched a short clip from the film ‘Paddington’. We sequenced events from the clip, where Paddington gets himself in a pickle when exploring a bathroom for the first time! We then worked in groups to act out the scene from the film. 

Human and physical features

Today we learnt about human and physical features. Human features are built by people and physical features are natural and would be here even if there were no people around. (Test us to see if we can remember the difference and give you some examples!) 

We worked in pairs to sort the picture into human and physical features. 

Tens and ones!

Today we had a practical maths lesson where we began looking at tens and ones in numbers. We first used cubes to show 1 ten and counted on the ones, and then moved onto base 10. We then had the task of working in groups to match the base 10 pictures to the digit card. 

Paddington Bear

We have now watched the film ‘Paddington’, and have began to think about the home that Paddington has moved into, the Brown family’s house. We worked in pairs to think of adjectives for different parts of their home. 

Types of houses in the UK

Today we worked in groups to classify a range of pictures of different types of houses into detached, semi-detached, terraced, flats, bungalows, cottages and mobile homes. 

All About Me

During this learning experience, Lime Tree Class will have the opportunity to learn about changes within their living memory by exploring different family trees. The royal family and the Queen’s coronation will also be explored so that children understand more about events which have occurred beyond their living memory.


Also, children will develop their knowledge that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults, as well as understanding the basic needs of humans for survival. In addition, the importance of exercise, food and hygiene for a healthy lifestyle will be explored.


Attached below is the knowledge organiser for this term. 


We learnt about the importance of exercise for our mind and bodies to keep healthy and strong.
We completed three different types of exercise: a Joe Wicks’ style workout, yoga and Zumba. We discussed how the different exercises made our bodies feel, for example, the yoga made us feel relaxed and the Zumba made us feel energised! 


Designing our own monsters! 
Today we designed our own monsters, thinking about the different features that we want to write about when we come to our description. 

Describing monsters! 
Today we worked in pairs, using our description skills to describe some monsters. 

Animal art!

Today we worked in teams to create different animals, thinking about the animal's skin and texture. 

We looked at the features of a hen and rooster and compared them by drawing on the templates and labeling our drawings.