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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.


Topic: Being me in my learning worldCulturalAwareness - Language Hub

This half term we focussed on what makes us good learners and what we can do to help us learn better. We looked at growth mindset and how we can learn from our mistakes to make our work even better. We also explored how our brains work and what happens when we learn something new and when we practise something often. We also learned to challenge ourselves and to how to approach challenges.


The children have worked so hard on their maths. Believe it or not, we have covered all of the areas below!

Revising place value and number facts in mental addition and subtraction 

  • Using multiples of 5 and 10 bonds 

  • Subtracting 1 digit numbers from 2 digits 

  • Comparing and ordering 2-digit and 3-digit numbers.  

  • Counting on and back in 10s and 1s.  

  • Add and subtracting 2-digit numbers 

  • Finding the differences between numbers using a number line (2 digit and 3 digit) 

  • Understanding place value in money 

Multiplication and division: 

  • Multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 3 and 4 times tables 

  • Doubling and halving numbers to 100 using partitioning 

3D shapes 

  • Identifying, describing and sorting 3D shapes according to their properties. 


  • Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes on digital and analogue clocks 

  • Knowing and understanding calendars, days, weeks, months, years 


  • Understanding fractions and fractions of numbers.  


  • Measurements of length, measuring and drawing to the nearest cm, measuring capacity in ml and l. 


This half-term the children have learned about and written non-chronological reports, recounts and persuasive adverts.  We researched dinosaurs and wrote non-chronological reports about them. We wrote recounts of our summer holidays and of The Dinosaur Diary story by Julia Donaldson. The children were inspired by the story 'Dinosaurs Love Underpants' and designed their own underpants for dinosaurs, following which they created a persuasive advert to encourage dinosaurs to buy their pants.  They came up with some wonderful ideas! 


In RE our topic was Homes. In this topic we explored the joys and sorrows of family life and how God is present in every home. This is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times. The children enjoyed thinking about what makes their homes special and what home means to them.