In English, we have been busy looking at poetry and fiction texts. We have learnt to retell the poem ‘A Garden’ by Leila Bery. We then used the poem to write our own poetry about the animals, flowers and tress we would find in our own garden. For World Book Week, we celebrated stories with the theme of ‘That’s me’. We had a variety of representations of protagonists who could be identified by many of our pupils. We all enjoyed reading different stories each day and completing a variety of activities from self portraits, writing our own stories, making posters to clean our school and drawing and writing about dream places.
This week we were to start our new text but some mysterious things happened in school. We found chalk on our chairs and some drawings outside our classroom doors. We then found a package with our class name by the water bottles in our classroom. When we opened it, we were shocked to find a book called ‘Chalk’ by Bill Thomson. We looked at the book which was a wordless text and spoke about all the things we could see happening in the pictures. Most of the children came up with the conclusion that the chalk drawings we did came to life and somehow made the book ‘Chalk’ appear in our classroom. We recognised some of the pictures which we had made inferences on the week before in the book. We added speech in the first person and discussed our likes and dislikes. We are very excited to see the journey that this magical book takes us on.
In Maths, we have started to look at teen numbers (11-19) and reinforcing our number knowledge. We have learnt that teen numbers are always made up of one ten and ones and we have looked at the value of teen numbers. We’ve had the opportunity to group objects into tens and ones and to represent this in many different ways- with Numicon, drawn, written in words, and made with counters. We also looked at one more and one less of teen numbers and used number lines to help us to find missing numbers.
This half term, our topic is Extraordinary Explorers. We have had a fun time learning all about significant explorers. We started the topic by looking at the word significant and ranking different significant people in order of importance. Some of the people we looked at included Queen Elizabeth, Mr Hyde, Boris Johnson and Nelson Mandela. We looked at what made them significant. We then went on to learn about what an explorer is. We leant about Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, and Matthew Henson. We looked at their explorations and made inferences about what transport, equipment and clothing they would need for their explorations. We then had the opportunity to go on an exploration in our school where we investigated how many different tress and flowers there were and how many doors we had in the school.
In Art, we have been using brushes and paint to explore different textures and pattern. We have used water colours and poster paint to do this.
In Computing, we have been introduced to BeeBots and we have used our knowledge of algorithms to programme and debug directions for the BeeBots to follow.
In RE, our topic has been ‘Belonging.’ We have looked at the different groups we belong to and introduced the different faiths. We have started to explore how each religion welcomes children into their family and the different symbols which show that they belong to a religious family.