This term, we will be looking to the skies and thinking about the all wonderful weather we experience here in the British Isles. We will be collecting information including observations of the weather, rainfall and temperature throughout the term, as well as learning about Francis Beaufort and how he created a scale to measure the wind.
We will also be exploring the weather in paintings by different artists, making our own paintings of the weather and even making clouds.
You can be involved by watching the weather forecasts and talking about the weather with your child - something we do all the time in this country!
In Science we will be thinking about plants, particularly flowers and how the weather might determine which plants grow.
In Maths, we are beginning with revisiting place value with numbers up to 40, to understand the tens and ones in a given number and using that information to help with addition and subtraction. We will then move on to mental calculations and multiplication.
It's going to be a short, but very busy, term!
We have been beginning to record the weather this week - and what a week to start; sunshine, rain, hail, cloud and wind! The children have been watching the weather forecast and comparing it to the results of our observations... and have been surprised by how accurate the forecast has been.
In Maths, the children have made a great start to the term. They have remembered so much of our previous learning and have been able to apply this knowledge and some great reasoning to place value, order and pattern with numbers between 1 and 40.
During music they have been creating some increasingly complicated rhythms, and really enjoy their Thursday afternoon drumming lesson.
Beech class have been very busy today! The children really enjoyed the visit from Sophie the Skipping Instructor. The listened carefully during our workshop, and everyone's skipping skills have improved. All the children displayed a fantastic attitude to the challenges the skipping presented, and were determined to master this tricky skill. Well done everyone.
In science we decided to give our investigation skills a chance to shine, as the children tried to find out what is inside a flower. We have been talking about the parts of a plant you can see - the petals, stem, leaves and roots - and the children are all very confident with these; so with the help of a key and some tulips, the children discovered the stamen, pistil, seeds, pollen and saw for themselves the structure of the stem that enables the water to move up the plant. Everyone demonstrated some great investigative skills.
Beech Class were very pleased to see the rain this week! We have been trying to answer the question "how big is a raindrop?" The children caught raindrops on a piece of paper, and then measured them - the class caught almost 300 raindrops in just a few minutes and found they were all different sizes because when the rain falls,the drops collide and so some a bigger than others. We also tried collecting rain in measuring cylinders; we collected 65ml in just 7 hours!
We have also looked at the installation art of Berndhaut Smilde, and made their own clouds from cotton wool and tissue paper.
In maths the children have been tackling column subtraction. They have shown a fantastic attitude to some very tricky maths, and really understand the concept of exchange and regrouping to allow calculations such as 23-18. Well done Beech Class.