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Blue Room

Life in the Blue Room is a particularly rich and varied experience for our boys and girls. It represents the final stage of their time in the Lower House of the school, and it comes with greater responsibilities such as the chance to vote for which charity the school should support.

It also comes with a widening of opportunity, especially in the sporting arena – with the introduction of a weekly games trip to Coram’s Fields to add to the swimming and PE and aerobics sessions that the children already enjoy.

The same is true when it comes to extracurricular clubs, with our Blue Room children eligible to try out cookery, practise their artistic skills and receive tennis coaching. It all makes for a colourful, fun year in which the children truly have the chance to blossom.

Please use the links below to download all the details you need to know about life in the Blue Room, including a letter from the classroom teacher, our weekly timetable, an overview of our curriculum, and the latest spelling lists. And please don’t hesitate to talk to the classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Blue Room Curriculum

Speaking

  • Choose and prepare poems or stories for performance, identifying appropriate expression, tone, volume and use of voices and other sounds.
  • Explain process or present information, ensuring that items are clearly sequenced, relevant details are included and accounts are ended effectively.
  • Sustain conversation, explain or give reasons for their views or choices.
  • Develop and use specific vocabulary in different contexts.

Word structure and spelling 

  • Spell high and medium frequency words.
  • To begin to recognise a range of prefixes and suffixes.

Understanding and interpreting texts 

  • Identify and make notes of the main points of section(s) of text.
  • Infer characters’ feelings in fiction and the consequences in logical explanations.
  • Identify how different texts are organised, including reference texts, magazines and leaflets and on paper.
  • Explore how different texts appeal to readers using varied sentence structures and descriptive language.

Engaging and responding to texts 

  • Share and compare reasons for reading preferences, and in the process extending the range of books read.
  • Empathise with characters and debate moral dilemmas portrayed in texts.
  • Identify features that writers use to provoke readers’ reactions.

Creating and shaping texts

  • Use beginning, middle and end to write narratives in which events are sequenced logically and conflicts resolved.
  • Write non-narrative texts using structures of different text-types.
  • Use layout, format graphics and illustrations for different purposes.

Text structure and organisation

  • Signal sequence, place and time to give coherence.

Sentence structure and punctuation  

  • Show relationships of time, reason and cause through subordination and connectives.
  • Clarify meaning through the use of exclamation marks and speech marks.

Presentation 

  • Write with consistency in the size and proportion of letters and spacing within and between words, using the correct formation of handwriting joins.

Using and applying mathematics

  • Solve one-step and two-step problems involving numbers, money or measures, including time, choosing and carrying out appropriate calculations.
  • Follow a line of enquiry by deciding what information is important and make and use lists, tables and graphs to organise and interpret the information.
  • Identify patterns and relationships involving numbers or shapes, and use these to solve problems.
  • Describe and explain methods and solutions to problems, orally and in writing.

Counting and understanding number

  • Read, write and order whole numbers to at least 1000 and position them on a number line; count on from and back to zero in single-digit steps or multiples of 10.
  • Partition three-digit numbers into multiples of 100, 10 and 1 in different ways.
  • Round two-digit or three-digit numbers to the nearest 10 or 100 and give estimates for their sums and differences.
  • Read and write proper fraction, interpreting the denominator as the parts of a whole and the numerator as the number of parts; identify and estimate fractions of shapes; use diagrams to compare fractions.

Knowing and using number facts

  • Derive and recall all addition and subtraction facts for each number to 20, sums and differences of multiples of 10 and number pairs that total 100.
  • Derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11 times-tables and the corresponding division facts; recognise multiples of 2, 5 or 10 up to 1000.
  • Use knowledge of number operations and corresponding inverses, including doubling and halving, to estimate and check calculations.

Calculating

  • Mentally add or subtract combinations of one-digit and two-digit numbers.
  • Develop and use written methods to record, support or explain addition and subtraction of two-digit and three-digit numbers.
  • Multiply one-digit and two-digit numbers by 10 or 100, and describe the effect.
  • Understand that division is the inverse of multiplication and vice versa; use this to derive and record related multiplication and division number sentences.

Understanding shape

  • Relate 2-D shapes and 3-D solids to drawings of them; describe, visualise, classify, draw and make the shapes.
  • Draw and complete shapes with reflective symmetry; draw the reflection of a shape in a mirror line along one side.
  • Read and record the vocabulary of position, direction and movement, using the four compass directions to describe movement about a grid.
  • To identify right angles in 2-D shapes; compare angles with a right angle.

Measuring

  • Know the relationships between kilometres and metres, metres and centimetres, kilograms and grams, litres and millilitres; choose and use appropriate units to estimate, measure and record measurements.
  • Read, to the nearest division and half-division, scales that are numbered or partially numbered.
  • Read the time on a 12-hour digital clock and to the nearest 5 minutes on an analogue clock.

Handling data

  • Answer a question by collecting, organising and interpreting data; use tally charts, frequency tables, pictograms and bar charts to represent results and illustrate observations; use ICT to create a simple bar chart.

Autumn Term

  • Teeth and Eating
  • Helping Plants Grow Well

Spring Term

  • Characteristics of Materials
  • Lights and Shadows

Summer Term

  • Magnets and Springs
  • Rocks and Soils

Autumn Term

  • The Global Eye

Spring Term

  • Weather Around the World

Summer Term

  • Europe

Autumn Term

  • Romans

Spring Term

  • Famous People

Summer Term

  • Egyptians
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