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Castles! - Term 6


This term, Oak 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. 

Harold Vs William

To Kick off our topic, we learnt all about William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hasting!

We found out that the battle started because King Edward promised Harold Godwinson and William Duke of Normandy that they could be the next King of England but Harold was the one who got the crown! This did not go down well with William, who assembled an army and set sail for England.  Meeting at Senlac Ridge, Harold's men were at the top of the hill and William's at the bottom.  For 5 hours, Harold's Knights held a shield wall that William's knights just couldn't get through.  Then, William had a great idea, he ordered his archers and his infantry to attack at the same time, winning him the battle. Harold died during the battle and many believe he was shot in the eye with an arrow! Check out our reenactment of the battle! 

We used the Bayeux Tapestry to find out more about what happened before, during, and after the Battle of Hastings! Did you know Haley's Comet passed over the skies as Harold Godwinson was crowned King of England? Many people thought this was a bad omen! Also, did you know that during the battle, William actually fell off his horse? Once he managed to get back on his horse, he lifted his helmet so his soldiers could see he was fighting alongside them still!

Bee-bots - Term 5

This term Oak Tree class will be learning all about bee-bots. We will be exploring the bee-bots, finding out how to use them and what they do. We will use Key vocabulary, such as algorithm, debug, programme and digital. 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.


Take a look at our Knowledge organiser for Bee-Bots.

We had a play with the Bee-bot's to work out what we already knew.

We then used Bee-bot mats- we had to try and get the Bee-bot around the mat. It was Tricky!

We read Chicken Clicking- We thought about what the chicken had done wrong and sequenced they story.

We looked at the buttons on a Bee-Bot and what each one does.

We drew with Bee-bots. Our pictures were very good considering we had to programme the Bee-bots to make the correct movements.

We wrote a narrative of the Chicken clicking story.

Bee-Bot Football!! Yes, that's right... we played football with our Bee-Bots.

These are our word banks we created to describe the chicken or fox from the story.

We used directional language to navigate children around the garden and obstacle courses.

We then wrote fantastic character descriptions.

We read algorithms to programme the Bee-Bots.

We created our own algorithms to programme the Bee-bot to navigate a Bee-bot mat

We wrote our own algorithms using the Bee-bot app

We tested our programming skills with Bee-Bot obstacle courses.

We designed our own BeeBot mats.

We tested our Bee-Bot mats with the bee-bots, to evaluate how well they worked.

We explored making repeating patterns with 2D Shapes.

We then continued a pre made repeating pattern.

2D and 3D shape sorting

We then labelled the 2D and 3D shapes.

We then sorted ‘real’ items into 2D and 3D shapes.

Creating our own 3D shapes to identify there properties.

We used all our Bee-Bot knowledge from the term to create our own Bee-Bot towns.

We used our 3D shape knowledge to create buildings for our towns.

Our final Bee-Bot towns were amazing!

We tested our towns with the Bee-Bots, and wrote an algorithm for someone to follow.

We explored 3D shapes to identify their properties.

We explored symmetry in 2D shapes.


This term we will be learning all about growing. Firstly, focusing on planting 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 seasons and the differences/similarities between them. After this, we will learn all about a variety of different animals, including humans. 

Topic overview for Growing.

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