This term both Willow and Rowan classes will have PE on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure children have their PE kits in school, and earrings are removed. Thank you.
Week 2 (w/c 14th January)
In maths this week, we have been continuing to develop our knowledge and skills around multiplication. We have used what we know about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help us learn the times tables for these numbers. While practising writing the multiplication calculations, we have been able to prove that any number multiplied by 2 will give an even number and that the 5-times table always gives answers ending in 5 or 10. We have used our knowledge of the 10-times table to help us to solve word problems, for example:
"One monster has 4 eyes, how may eyes would 10 monsters have?"
We have continued to explore the book "Claude in the City" looking at Claude's journey around the city and writing a postcard home to Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes to tell them all about the things Claude did and saw. As the story has progressed, we have discovered how Claude witnessed a crime, and have thought about the character of the criminal!
We had a seasonal science lesson this week, exploring how and why germs spread, what this means for people and how we can stop it.
Some of the children covered their hands in glitter to represent germs,
then everyone played games for a while. We were all surprised at how
easily the glitter spread - even those who did not have glitter on their
hands to begin the experiment found glitter on their hands (and hair, faces and clothes) by the end of the experiment!
We have been looking at our local area this week, particularly how the houses change throughout history and how we can see this in Didcot. We walked through Great Western Park - the newest part of town - past houses built in the 1960s and 1970s, then some built in the 1950s into the oldest part of town. Here we were surprised to see houses built hundreds of years ago, and observed how they were different to the houses most of us live in now. We were particularly surprised by the house with a straw (thatched) roof!
In Maths this week, we have continued to work on our knowledge of multiplication. We have recapped our learning from before Christmas, using the sentence "There are __ groups with __ in each group" to help us with our understanding. We have recognised that these can be written as repeated addition and multiplication sentences.
In English, we have started a new story called Claude in the City. We have focused on meeting the new characters Claude, Sir Bobblysock and Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes. We have also investigated compound words in our grammar lesson.
We have started our new topic Street Detectives by thinking about houses. We considered how everyone's families are different in PSHE. In Science, we considered the materials that our homes are made of and why certain materials are more suitable than others. We are getting really excited about our local area walk next week!