This week we began reading our class book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, talked about the setting and wrote our own alternative settings for a similar story. We began looking at how we care about our environment and began our Science topic of Changing States with a closer look at what makes something either a solid or a liquid. We found out that it's not as obvious as you might think! As it is Healthy Schools Week we enjoyed some unusual PE lessons with The Body Coach's You Tube workouts for school children. We were so inspired we asked for extra chances to do some exercise between lessons!
Maple Class have enjoyed our first week back at school. We kicked off our P.E. with an introduction to Invasion Games, trying out our tag rugby skills. We have begun our Chocolate Topic by testing out different flavours, finding out about how chocolate is made and we made hot chocolate the Mayan way. We used the Computing Suite to write about how cocoa is made and created an image of ourselves as cocoa farmers. On Friday we got creative in Art and made Mayan masks, which we will decorate next week.
We have continued with our Invasion games this week. In Literacy we have been creating our own characters in the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We did some more research on how chocolate is made. We started from the Cacao tree to a bar of chocolate and made individual films to explain the process. Some of the children have been participating in Sensory circuits and Inclusion.
We have been using the Mayan number system to answer mathematical questions. We begun to innovate the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and adding super story starters. It has been assessment week so we have looking at the children's learning. We learnt about the ten commandments in Christianity. We have also been learning Spanish verbs through playing games. We finished a super week of learning by watching Magic Mick the Magician and dancing in the Magic Disco!
This week we have been busy preparing for the Grandparents Tea Party. In English, we practised identifying and using direct speech. In Maths, we have been learning about various mathematical concepts such as division and fractions. Our Spanish learning has included giving instructions and playing games that involve using Spanish verbs. Our class we the first to use the new Sports Court in our P.E. lesson!
Maple Class have started a new topic this week. The title of the topic is 'Treasure'. This has inspired us to look at stories with treasure in them in Literacy. In Maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. In Spanish we have been learning how to say greetings and introductions. We have also started to learn about Ancient Egypt. To finish our week, we attended a Panalthon. We competed against other schools in what was the first Panalthon in the Borough of Bromley. Please look at our photos to see the range of activities that the children participated in!
The children have been busy making Remembrance commemorative items and have displayed them in the hall. They have also made Christmas decorations with the Friends of Poverest. We have continued to expand our Spanish vocabulary. We have learnt some amazing facts about Earth and Space and will continue to find out more throughout the term. In Literacy, we followed picture clues to find treasure and then wrote our own clues to share with our friends. We built a 'dark tomb' in the classroom for the children to find Ancient Egyptian treasure using torches!
The children took part in the Diwali celebrations by taking part in a Indian dance session. The children also looked at the local area using maps in Geography. We have continued looking at Earth and Space through studying night and day. We have been trying to find out the answer to some of the questions such as, 'why does the sun look like it moves across the sky?' We are continuing to learn more about Ancient Egypt - this week we have been learning about the importance of the River Nile!
We have continued studying space and have physically tracked the course of some stars and planets - making sure that we didn't get burnt by the sun! Hola - we continue to expand our knowledge of Spanish and plan to demonstrate our vocabulary in our forthcoming assembly. In Maths, we are learning about money - saving, spending and recognising values. We had a special treat this week and visited the cinema as part of the Into Film Festival.
This week has been assessment week. This is when we can find out the progress of the children. We are counting down to Christmas and have already written our wish lists! We also visited our Christmas Fair. In History, we are learning about the Ancient Egyptian form of writing called Hieroglyphics. We also learnt some more Spanish and found out more about Earth and space. In computing, we explored more coding and even completed some challenges! We had a visitor called Sasha who was friendly and made us smile (see photos)!
This week we have been writing letters to Father Christmas and kindly asking what we would like to receive. We have been learning about perimeter and playing maths games together to help develop our social skills. We selected gifts from the Friends of Poverest Christmas Gift Sale to buy for our family and friends. We were learning Christmas greetings in Spanish and a Spanish song. We sang the Spanish song in our class assembly as well as presenting our Earth and Space learning, times table song and 'All about me'. We finished our week by sharing our learning with Celebration of Learning!
We have been writing Free verse in literacy this week. We studied Kit Wright's 'Magic Box' poem and wrote our own versions. We extended it by adding alliteration to our poems. In PE we explored different ways of travelling, balancing and rolling. We judged each others efforts as if we were in the Olympics! We made Christmas decorations and in Computing we continued learning how to code. We had a fantastic time at the theatre watching a 'relaxed' Cinderella Pantomine.
We have had a Christmas themed week this week. Our Maths has been subtraction and addition with a Christmas theme. We also wrote a Christmas themed Free verse. We watched a short film and answered literal and inferential questions about it. In our class party we had messy play and played musical games. Phew!
We came back to school refreshed and ready to learn! We have been looking at non-fiction this week and began by designing a leaflet for school. This required us to take photos around the school for research and incorporate them in our leaflets. We also had special visitors from Warburton's who came in to deliver a workshop on healthy eating. They brought in lots of different things to eat and we chose items from the Eatwell Guide. The rolls were yummy! Please look at our photographs!
This week we have looked at the water cycle in Science. We have begun our topic of Rivers and studied how the great artist Claude Monet painted water and rivers. We are using the computer to publish our leaflets about school. We have also started exploring Sikhism and their important symbols and what they represent. We have begun a number of initiatives such as Mindfulness and recognising emotions!
The children have been learning about the stages of human development in Science lessons. In Literacy, we have been studying how to use books to find out information, particularly about our topic - Rivers. In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication and how it is the inverse of division. In RE we have been continuing to find out about Sikhism and where they worship. We finished painting and using pastels to complete our impressions of the Monet series of paintings of the River Thames!
It has been Multicultural Week this week. The children have been busy visiting other classes and participating in a variety of activities. This has helped them to learn about other cultures. In literacy, we have been using non-fiction books to find out information and making our own books using the same features. For example - contents, index and glossary. In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have started to learn about our emotions and to 'read' other people's emotions. We are using a programme called Zones of Regulation.
This week we have been making soundscapes which relate to the theme of Rivers. We extended this by creating sound boxes and conducting our own and others sound box. As it was 'Safer Internet' day, we conducted a quiz. In Maths, we have explored place value, ordinal counting, finding factors, doubling and odd and even numbers. In Spanish, we were learning how to recognise and say the letters of the alphabet. We finished our week with a Celebration of Learning where parents are invited in to share their child's learning successes.
This week we have continued to follow human development in Science - looking at how the body changes. We have learnt most colour names in Spanish. The RSPB came in to help us find different growing plants and habitats for different creatures. In R.E. we learnt about the 5k's in Sikhism and the significance of the objects. We Art, we learnt more about the work of Claude Monet and how we could paint a picture of the River Thames in his impressionistic style. We finished the week by attending a St Valentines Disco!
We have shared our news about half term! In Literacy, we have been studying 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs'. In Science, we have finding out more about plants and learning new vocabulary such as filament, anther... We have listened to and sequenced the Easter Story as part of looking at Christianity. In art, we designed our own printing blocks using different bridges as our inspiration. Also 'Thames Explorer' came in to deliver a workshop on the River Thames.
In Maths, we have been learning about weight. We have been comparing and weighing objects. It was 'World Book Day' this week and we have been exploring lots of book activities, even in our computing time. We also dressed up as various characters. We have been practising our songs for the Spring concert. We made pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and learnt about Lent and why we eat pancakes. We had a multisensory afternoon and visited our rabbits, Cappuccino and Latte!
This week has been assessment week so we have been showing each other all our learning. In Spanish, we were able to use compass directions to help explain where we live. In PSHE, we designed our own healthy snacks. We started playing games, playing instruments and learning new songs in Music. We used the film, 'Finding Nemo' to explore and identify different emotions.
This week we have been learning how to say numbers to 15 in Spanish! We have had two workshops as well! Our first workshop was delivered by Bromley Youth Music Trust. They helped us to write our own song based on our topic of Rivers. We will be singing this to other schools who participated in the project. Our second workshop was delivered by the Canal and River Trust. It helped us to understand what erosion is and what different materials are used to prevent the erosion of river banks. We have held parent consultations this week, where we have been sharing the children's learning.
Maple Class have been busy preparing for Autism Awareness Week. In Literacy, we have been learning how to write expanded noun phrases. In Geography, we have been studying the different ways to cross over rivers. We also discovered how place names can be derived from river crossings. The lesson also included investigating the strength of different bridges, measuring variables and recording results. Science was also included as we began to explore the scientific forces that act on bridges.
In Spanish this week, the children learnt the numbers to 30. We played Bingo using the numbers in Spanish. In literacy, we continued our work on nouns and we were able to put them into the appropriate group. For example, common nouns, proper nouns, collective nouns and abstract nouns. In computing, we designed Easter Eggs to use in our Easter cards. We made Easter bonnets for the parade.
Welcome back after the Easter holidays! This week we have been studying the life cycles of different animals for our Science learning. For literacy, we have started reading a new book called 'Oliver and the Seawigs'. For R.E. , we have started to learn more about Islam. This week we found out that Allah has ninety-nine names! In our computing session, we researched 'holidays', we is our topic this term!
In Maths, we have been learning about Roman numerals, rounding numbers and counting in multiples of ten. We are continuing with our book called 'Oliver and the Seawigs'. In Spanish, we were learning to say the days of the week and today, tomorrow and yesterday. We continued with finding out what makes a good holiday - as this is our topic. We are learning new songs in Music as well.
Some children in the class have been busy preparing for KS1 and KS2 SATs (Statutory Assessment Tasks). These are for children in Years 2 and 6. We have also been making a puppet show based on the book 'Oliver and the Seawigs' - see the photographs. In RE, we are studying Islam and have been exploring the importance of prayer. We designed our own prayer mats. We had fun trying trying different 'tools' which could meet our sensory needs. For example, scooterboards, sand, therabands...
In Literacy - we have made our own individual puppet theatres and are hoping to add curtains to replicate 'real' theatres. To go along with this, we have written plays and made characters from our featured book. Next week, we hope to put on a show to other children. In RE, we have been finding out about the features and functions of Mosques. In Science, we have been comparing the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We also have some caterpillars in our classroom and carefully watching for the metamorphosis to begin! We have been learning how to say the months of the year in Spanish.
This week we have decorated our Puppet Theatres and held rehearsals so that are performances are the best that they can be! In RE, we have continued to explore Islam and have been finding out about the Prophet Muhammad. We looked at his life and found out where he was born. In Spanish, we learnt about the months of the year and how we could say our birthday in Spanish. In Science, we planted some seeds. We have discussed what makes a fair test and the different variables that can be applied.
Maple Class have been learning about the different seasons in Spanish. In Literacy, the children have been showing us what they know about writing. In Maths, the children have been completing assessment tasks which gives them an opportunity to show all their learning. We had our first swimming lesson this week! Everybody enjoyed the lesson so much that some children didn't want to get out of the pool! In RE, we explored how Muslims celebrate Eid-ul- Fitr. We found out that they where special clothes, send cards, give and receive gifts. Finally, they share delicious food - so we thought we would do the same. Please see our photographs!
In Literacy we have been writing poems and writing in our 'writing cafe'. In Science, we have explored the properties and changes of materials. In Spanish, we were tasting different fruits to learn their names and say it in Spanish. For Design and Technology ( and Healthy Eating Week), we made fruit kebabs! We learnt some cutting skills such the claw grip and bridge hold. For Autism Awareness Week, we carried held a sponsored walk! Finally - we finished our week with a trip to Colchester Zoo!