This term, Willow Class will have PE on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Rowan Class will have PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Week 6 (w/c 8th October)
We have had a short but very busy week this week! On Monday we enjoyed our trip to the Royal Festival Hall to see the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform. Everyone joined in with the songs we had learned, and watched the film of the Highway Rat while the orchestra played. We also got to see some of the landmarks we learnt about in Year 1 during our Bright Lights, Big City topic. It was great to see that everyone remembered so much of their learning from last year!
In Maths, we have been continuing to use bar models to help us to answer questions and to compare numbers with the <, > and = symbols.
In English, we have been thinking about the central character - Beegu - how we can tell how she is feeling, how her emotions change through the story and what her personality is like, as well as beginning to describe her appearance.
On Wednesday, we had a visit from a real scientist, Dr Chris from RAL at Harwell. He talked to us about how the Space Station was built, gave us some more ideas for our own Space Stations, and even helped us to paint! Dr Chris was the perfect person to answer lots of our questions. We now know that the moon was formed when the Earth and a planet called Thea collided. He explained how the planets were made, how stars are born and what a satellite is.
Week 5 (w/c 1st October)
In English this week, we have started to look at a new book - Beegu, by Alexis Deacon. We have been looking carefully at the pictures and trying to use them to give us more information about the character. We have been developing our inference and empathy skills, using this information to imagine how she is feeling and what she might say.
In Maths, we have moved on to addition and subtraction, learning to use a bar model to represent a series of number facts, and to enable us to check that a calculation is correct:
In topic, we have used our research skills to find out more information about important space events through history for example, the launch of the space shuttle or the first man in space.
We have also been continuing to construct our space stations.
In our English lessons this week, we have written our own stories based on the aliens that we met in our book Man on the Moon - a day in the life of Bob. We carefully sequenced what we know about the day of the aliens and have written our own stories from their perspectives. We learnt about how we can use time conjunctions - such as first, next, when, after that and eventually - to help our writing to flow. We also edited and improved our writing with the help of our partner.
In Maths this week, we have ordered numbers to 100 from smallest to largest and then largest to smallest. We have also been rehearsing how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s, including when we start at diffferent numbers - e.g. counting in 10s starting from 7 - 7, 17, 27, 37 etc.
In Science we have learnt about how astronauts have to eat a healthy, balanced diet and we have designed our own meal for an astronaut, considering the limited choices available to astronauts! We have also continued to work on our space shuttle designs that we are making.
In addition, this week we have also thought about the Harvest Festival celebration and the whole year group have participated in performing a poem - The Nut Tree by Julia Donaldson.
Week 3 (w/c 17th September)
This week we have been continuing to think about the Man on the Moon in English. We have produced posters to try to attract more tourists to the moon, so that Bob doesn't loose his job and we have tried to think about the story from the point of view of an Alien - what would they be doing when Bob is having breakfast or demonstrating his moon gymnastics?
In science, we have been thinking about the effect of exercise on our bodies. We measured our heart rates before and after exercise and then tried to explain why exercise is good for us, and how we know when our bodies are working hard.
In topic, we are beginning to build our space stations trying to follow the plans we have made.
In maths, we have been building on our knowledge of place value, using a place value chart. We are comparing numbers using the symols <, > and =
We have started our first book Man on the Moon - a day in the life of Bob the Astronaut.
We firstly looked at a picture of Bob and came up with lots of questions for him. As a class, we wrote a letter and was amazed to find that when he wrote back to us, he sent us a copy of his book! After lots of discussion, we thought about which was our favourite part and why.
In Maths, we have been consolidating our numbers to 100. We have thought about efficient ways of counting to 100 - first by counting groups of ten and then counting the ones. We reminded outselves about how a two digit number can be partitioned in tens and ones and learnt that numbers can also be regrouped in different ways.
We have enjoyed the start of our Moon Zoom topic. We have learnt about two famous astronauts - Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake and have considered similarities and differences between the two. We have also learnt about the different things that an astronaut would need to live aboard a space station and have started to design our own, following a set design criteria.
In our Science lesson, we looked some "Welcome to Earth" boxes with a range of everyday objects. We identified the materials and described them for an alien visitor!