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Alder Class Learning



This half term we will be focusing on reading the fantastic 'Moondial' by Helen Cresswell. We will be developing our VIPER skills as we progress through the chapters in order to maximise our understanding of the text.

We will be writing descriptive passages about characters and settings based on Moondial and writing our own alternative chapters. 

After the half term, we will move on to look at Charles Dickens, focusing on 'A Christmas Carol' We will be using the style of Dickens across different writing genres such as diary entries, letter writing and report writing. 

Across all of our English work, we will be focusing on our spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG). We will be identifying word classes, using various sentence types and applying punctuation accurately across our writing- PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE! 


In our Maths work this half term, we will be focusing heavily on our Place Value knowledge.

  • Identifying the value of a digit within a number
  • Increasing and decreasing a number by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Multiplying and dividing by powers of 10
  • Ordering and comparing numbers
  • Rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000

We will be securing concepts that we have already looked at and applying this to further our learning.

We will move on to focus on addition and subtraction where we will develop our mental and written strategies and applying these to problem solving, including real life situations.

Please ensure your child uses the TT Rockstars website in order for their timetables skills to be as sharp as possible- it underpins every part of learning in their Maths work!


In Science, we will be focusing on Living things and their habitats.

  • Reproduction in plants.
  • The life cycle of mammals.
  • The work of Jane Goodall.
  • The life cycles of amphibians and insects.
  • Comparing the life cycles of different animals.
  • Describing how living things are classified.
  • Identifying the characteristics of different types of animals.
  • Describing and investigate helpful and harmful microorganisms.
  • Classifying organisms in the local habitat.

Across the unit of work, we will be carrying our experiments and investigations to further develop our understanding.