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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.

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This term we will continue on our scientific discoveries as we explore the amazing power source that is...ELECTRICITY! We will explore different power sources, understand and build our own electric circuits and understand the importance of why and how to be safe around electricity. The children will also take part in an exciting workshop involving building their own robots with Lego. Then to finish our topic we will become designers to create our own torches using all the knowledge and skills we have developed over this term! We just cannot wait!!


This half-term we will be covering these areas:

Addition and Subtraction:

  • Use column addition to add three 2- and 3-digit numbers together and four 2- and 3-digit numbers together.
  • Subtract 3-digit numbers using counting up; solve word problems choosing an appropriate method.
  • Solve subtractions of 3-digit numbers using counting up on a line and work systematically to find possibilities.
  • Choose an appropriate strategy to solve addition or subtraction  


  • Identify, name and draw horizontal, vertical, perpendicular, parallel and diagonal lines, angles and symmetry in 2D shapes. 
  • Measure the perimeter of 2D shapes by counting and measuring with a ruler.
  • Tell the time on analogue and digital clocks to the minute. 
  • Begin to tell the time 5, 10, 20 minutes later.
  • Recognise am and pm and 24-hour clock times.


In our writing work we will continue using our MAPSO skills to devise and write our own poems surrounding our topic using robots as our inspiration. We will move onto building our story writing skills as we create an adventure story using our Guided Reading book - The Wild Robot. In this writing we will think about how we can excite the reader as they journey with Roz around the island and what dangers might be lurking for their robot to overcome. Our final piece will centre around explanation texts, in which the children will learn about the machine called The Teacher Pleaser. Once the children have understood this machine and how it works, they will then use this knowledge to write a detailed explanation of the machine for another person to use. 


During our science lessons we will be exploring the power source of electricity and how it works. The children will have the opportunity to look at a variety of power sources and note what element of electricity the source is used for. The children explore different power sources and be able to build their own circuits. This work will also include detailed and labelled drawings which will assist them in their DT projects to build their own torches. For this they will explore how a torch works and the varies parts needed to create this product. They will then have the opportunity to build their own working torches and evaluate how well their torch works as a product and if there would be anything they would change for the future. 


In our RE we are continuing our topic of Choices in which we prepare ourselves to understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation and why this is an important development in our Catholic faith as we prepare to take our first Holy Communion. We will also explore the world religion of Islam in which we will explore what a Mosque is and why it is an important place for Muslims to worship and pray. Through this understanding we will build connections between others and our own faith and why a place of worship is central to faith. This will help to lead onto our last topic which is called Special Places. This is a CAFOD led topic, in which we will explore the special places of Jesus, our community and the world. Through this topic the children will understand how we all have a special place in the world and that we are called by God to help care and build this world for the future.