In English, our text has been ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. We have retold and written our own versions of the story and we also used the text to find out about penguins. We explored non-chronological reports and non-fiction texts. We looked at the features of these and compared them to fiction texts. We learnt to retell a non-chronological report about Polar Bears using the Pie Corbett actions. We focused on the features, heading, introduction, sub-heading, appearance, habitat and diet and fun facts. We used this structure to research and find out about Emperor Penguins. We wrote down questions we wanted to find out about and used non-fiction books, the Internet and non-chronological reports to find out about Emperor Penguins.
In Maths, we have continued to look at numbers within ten and reinforcing our number knowledge. We have been looking at consecutive numbers and identifying that these numbers have a difference of one. We used the language of one more, one less and difference. We then applied this knowledge to word problems i.e. first there were four cakes, then all except one was eaten (4-__=1). Three is one less than four so there must be one cake now. We used part part whole models, number lines and counters to help us with our learning.
We have also looked at subtraction as reduction and having less. We looked at breaking the whole into parts. We used number lines and counters to help us learn that when we subtract, we are removing from the total. We also looked at addition within ten. We looked at adding two numbers within ten.
This half term, our topic is Amazing Animals. We have had a fun time learning all about animals. To launch our topic, we had a visit from Zoo Lab where we got to meet and touch some incredible animals. We have learnt about the structures of different animals i.e. wings, tail, feathers, beaks, about their diets (herbivore, carnivore and omnivore) and their habitat. We have also looked at the five animal groups- birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals and sorted animals into the group they belong in.
In Computing, we have learnt all about algorithms. We learnt that algorithms need to be clear and precise, that they sometimes have bugs which need to be debugged and that technology around us have inputs and outputs. We also learnt about virtual assistants and had the opportunity to ask Siri some questions.
In Geography, we learnt about the oceans of the world and the continents. We used maps, globes and atlases to locate these as well as Europe, the United Kingdom and Antarctica. We learnt about the types of animals, their habitats and weather in both locations. We really enjoyed learning about the continent Antarctica.