It's our second week back and we have started to look at our new class story 'Orion and the Dark'! We wrote predictions based on the title page and then read a few pages of the book to find out Orion is scared of lots of things! We discussed and wrote about our own fears and why we think they are so scary. After this we wrote a note to the character Orion to give him advice on how to get over his fears. In our Maths lessons we learnt what it meant to estimate! We worked in pairs to get scoop out handfuls of beads from our pots and our partner had to guess how many we scooped out! Once we estimated we worked together to count ouf how many beads there were. In History our topic is all about medicine and people from the past, we found out who Mary Seacole was and why she was important in the Crimean War. Linking to our Geography, we looked at Jamaica and how it is different from UK, sorting pictures of the UK and Jamaica into our books. Finally, we became colour scientists! We learnt about what the 3 primary colours are and through some colour volcanoes we found out what primary colours mix together to make our secondary colours!
This is Maths Week! We are playing lots of maths games that will help us with counting, turn taking and strategic play. We are having Pupil/Parent meetings where we can discuss the progress the children are making.
We are had school photos taken this week so we made sure we were smart. Coincidently we also drew our own self portraits - look at the photographs!
We went to the Florence Nightingale Museum as part of our topic. We learnt about her life and how she improved the condition of hospitals and helped the soldiers during the Crimean War. L
We are continuing our rehearsals for our 'Wriggly' Nativity. We completed our colour mixing circles where we made secondary colours from primary colours. We decided to turn them into christmas baubles and hang them in our classroom.
We had our Christmas party with games and dancing and the staff put on a Christmas show for the children. It was Dicken's 'A Christmas Carol' with a twist. The children particularly enjoyed Mr Duffin's portrayal of Mary! Lets not forget our Christmas lunch of turkey with crackers!
We have been writing about our holidays. As our new topic is ' The Toymaker', the children were asked to take a photo of themselves with their favourite toy - we have put these on display in the class. In science, we have been learning how to group animals by what they eat. So we have discovered that some animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We also began to look at where animals live and their different environments.
We started exploring non-fiction writing, particularly Instructional Writing. To give us a purpose to practice writing instructions, we made jelly. The best part was eating it, of course! To finish our science topic of Animals including Humans - we began making our 'shoe box' habitats. We will display them in the hall when they are ready. In Maths we are learning about shape and held a 3-D fashion show and a shape hunt.
In Maths we have been learning about Fractions. To help us, we used Ipads, games, Art, Smarties and even our school dinners. We were also looking at the cultural differences demonstrated in weddings and looked at the six main religions. We became really familiar with the story of Elmer which enabled us to sequence the story. The class have been learning about grammar and in particular -ing and -ed.
We only had four days this week but we still squeezed lots of learning in. We were learning about time (look at our photographs). We had two visitors come into class. First, Elmer came in to answer lots of questions that the children had written. Then we had a grandparent visit to answer questions about seaside holidays of the past. The children have learned about the many differences between holidays now and in the past. We made sand pictures of human and physical features of the seaside. The RSPB came and helped us to describe features in the school grounds.
We have been learning about money this week. We have played money bingo and used money in the seaside cafe to buy teas, cakes, drinks and ice cream! We wrote about a snail trail and the things the snail would have seen on his journey. It has been assessment week so the children have been showing us all their learning.
We have prepared our Milk Pastel paintings and they are ready for the Art exhibition in June. We based our designs on 'Elmer's Day' which features in our literacy book this half term. We have continued to learn about money and have completed lots of practical tasks involving handling money. In RE, we were learning about the special book in Judaism. We have started to make our own! We also tried on a Tallit. This is the prayer shawl a Rabbi would wear in the synagogue.
Hazel Class have been learning about measuring length. We had a special visitor who came in to demonstrate how he uses measuring everyday. The site manager from Neilcott came in to show us how he measures things and he helped us to measure some items in class. We have practised on objects in class and measuring how far you can through a bean bag. We even measured ourselves! We wrote some Acrostic poems and wrote about bears as an introduction to our new book. In computing, we have designed a leaflet about the different seasons.
It has been Design and Technology week so we have designed a healthy sandwich using the 'Eatwell Guide' to help us choose our ingredients. We completed our Phonic Screening as well! In Maths we were learning about measuring and estimating lengths. In Literacy, we started exploring our new book 'Peace at Last'. We finished our week by celebrating Eid. We shared food with Holly class and we learnt some things about how Muslims pray. We designed our own prayer mats.
This week has been Assessment Week. This is when we can look carefully at what the children have been learning. In Maths we have started to learn about capacity and this will continue next week. In Literacy, we are continuing with 'Peace at Last'. It was Sports Day so the children were able to demonstrate their sporting prowess. We also had the school class photographs taken and the children looked very smart!
The children have started to learn about weight and measures. We had great fun weighing lots of objects. We had an outdoor learning day and spent listening to stories on the field and as part of Geography, we identified human and physical features of the school grounds. We had our trip to the National Maritime Museum where we learnt about seaside holidays in the past. Look at our photographs!
We have been learning how to identify different types of weather that occurs in each season. In Literacy we have been thinking of ideas on how to help Mr Bear (Peace at Last) get to sleep! In Maths, we have completed our measures and comparing weight and we have started to explore multiplication and division. Rehearsals have begun in earnest for our class asembly. We do hope you can come and watch.