Birkbeck Primary School

Rowan Class

Spring Term 2

Blog entry 21/01/24

Welcome back to Rowan Class blog. I hope you all had a good half term break.

Here are some of the things the children have learnt and some of the activities they have been involved with.


In writing the children have written a fantastic explanation text about the lifecycle of the butterfly detailing each stage in detail using various grammar techniques such as front adverbials and the use of formal language.


Last term the children furthered their multiplication and division learning. They learnt how to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. We then moved onto  to multiplying a two digit number by a one digit number,  multiplying a three digit number by a one digit number and then multiplying a two digit and three digit numbers by a two digit number.


It was a fascinating term; we learnt about flowering and non flowering plants,  how animals are classified by category,  vertebrates or invertebrates and habitats. On the last day of term members of the Ruxley Beekeeper Society came to the school teach the children about bees and how beehives work. The children got to investigate beehives, honey combs and taste some honey. The children were fantastic and asked the beekeeper's so many fantastic questions. They also got to try on beekeper suits.



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In maths we have been working really hard on securing our times table knowledge and exploring multiplication. We have been rolling our numbers and looking at patterns in between the tables. We have also been learning strategies to help us when we get stuck on a multiplication. 

Rowan class are really enjoying learning about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun in history and writing our non chronological report about him in our writing lessons. In history we have focused on who Tutankhamun was, who discovered his tomb which was in tact, what lay hidden in the tomb for over 3000 years and why the Boy King became so infamous after Howard Carter's discovery of his tomb in 1922. The children are looking forward to visiting the British Museum in December to explore the Egyptian exhibit.


In science we have been learning about all about electricity. The students have now complete a second and third experiment. In the second experiment the children created a complete circuit using a paperclip as the switch which they loved completing and learning about. 

Our star of the week was Madeline Stone and learner of the week was Myla Confetti. Congratulations to both of you and please keep up the great work in class and around the school.



We have been working really hard on securing our knowledge of number; using base 10 and place value counters to help us to really build a strong foundation for place value (this will really help us later when we come to calculating!)

We have loved reading Varjak Paw as our class read and cannot wait to see what those Mesopotamian blue's get up to next. 

We have explored The Egyptian Cinderella and used our writing lenses to create some really super writing. We have worked hard on vocabulary choices and sentence structure to make sure our sentences make sense and are punctuated correctly. 

In our art lessons we have been studying narrative paintings by a range of artists one that we were particularly interested in was Peter Brueghel. We found it really interested to point out all the different people captured in the painting and discussing how people's lives are different and how this can be portrayed in artwork. We are really looking forward to creating some of our own narrative artwork in the upcoming weeks. 

Who can you find in the painting?



Take a look at the wonderful learning that has been happening in our class! 

I would to say well done to all the children in Rowan Class for a great half term. The children have all made a huge effort with their learning and and it has been lovely to share in their enthusiasm for learning new skills and knowledge.

In reading lessons, we have continued to read a range of text types including narrative stories, poems and information texts and have been focusing on reading with fluency and proficiency.

In writing, the children have very much enjoyed writing their own Cinderella stories. The children have worked on their proof reading and editing skills and have all published a great final draft. 

 In science, the children have enjoyed  investigating  which materials conduct electricity and which are insulators by constructing and testing electrical circuits. 



In maths, the children have been working on addition and subtraction of three and four digit numbers using written methods and applying these skills in problem solving. 

In history, the children have continued to learn about ancient Egypt. They have been learning about the jobs people did in ancient Egypt , why the pyramids were built and the Valley of the Kings. This half term, we will be learning all about Tutankhamun and visiting the British Museum to find out more about ancient Egypt. 

Ms Healy