In English we have started writing the stories that we planned last week. We have thought carefully about our success criteria and made sure that we have used adverbials, such as " late one night" and "it wasn't long before", to help our stories flow.
In our Maths lessons, we have continued to learn about statistics, thinking about how we can use pictograms and blocks graphs to represent data. We have also been interpreting and understanding information in these graphs.
In our topic lessons, we have thought about amazing and unusual plants that can be found around the world. We discovered that some plants are carnivorous and eat insects! We used the laptops to find out information and presented this information as top trumps cards.
We were really lucky to have a road safety demonstration this week where a real lorry drove onto the playground! We learnt lots of facts about lorries, such as they are as heavy as 7 elephants, as long as a whale and as tall as a giraffe. We also found out that lorries have large blind spots which are areas around the lorries that drivers can't see!
In Maths this week, we have moved onto a unit of work on statistics. We have been learning to create and interpret information in tally charts and pictograms; answering questions such as "which is the most popular?" and "how many more... than ...?"
In English, we have finished the story of the Lonely Beast. We loved the ending, so much so there was a spontaneous round of applause in the classroom! We are now focusing on the other beasts who appear at the end of the story and have started planning a story about their journeys.
We have continued to follow up our science experiments, again observing the changes to our "germination gloves" and recording the height of our sunflowers.
We have also been baking! We have been thinking about how herbs can be used in our cooking and made our own lavender and lemon biscuits!
In our English lessons this week, we have been writing letters to the Mayor of the city featured in The Lonely Beast. We have been writing to persuade him that the Beast should be allowed to stay in the park or whether he should be made to leave.
We have moved onto learning about measuring length and height. We have enjoyed some practical lessons so that they have a real sense of what a centimetre or a metre is. We had a really fun lesson where we learnt about Usain Bolt's world record of running 100m in under 10 seconds. We used trundle wheels and stop watches to see how far we could run in 10 seconds! We have also learnt to compare different lengths.
This week, we have enjoyed following up on some of the experiments that we have already set up. We have been really pleased to see germination taking place in the gloves!
In our English lessons this week, we have continued with our book The Lonely Beast. This week, we have paused at a page where the Beast is underwater; we have looked at a poem called The Jellyfish by Michael Rosen and have written our own poems about a huge octopus that features in the story.
Later in the week, we have looked a part of the story where the Beast stays in the park. We heard from a disgruntled resident who was unhappy about the Beast and we are preparing to write a persuasive letter to the Town Mayor to say whether we think the Beast should be allowed to stay or whether he should go.
In our Maths lessons this week, we have continued to learn about money. This week, we have been using bar modelling to help us to represent addition and subtraction money problems, including finding change.
This week we have focused on herbs. The children enjoyed using their senses to observe a variety of herbs,. First by identifying the herbs according to the shape of their leaves. Then we used our sense of smell to help us to describe a range of herbs.
In addition, we have been learning about the life cycle of a plant and have set up an experiment to enable us to observe the process of germination.
What a fantastic way to start our new topic - thanks to the lovely weather, we have had plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning. We have explored our school grounds and discovered the different types of plants that we currently have growing, taking photographs on the iPads and plotting our findings on a map of the school site.
We were also lucky enough to have a visit from a local gardener, Mrs Bateman from Cosmos Gardening. She spoke to us about what her job as a gardener is like and some of the different types of jobs that she does for her customers. She also helped us to make our own environmentally friendly newspaper pots and plant our own sunflower seeds.
in Maths this week, we have been recapping money, recognising the different values of coins and notes. We have also been investigating the different ways to make a specific amount.
We have started a new book this term called The Lonely Beast - a story of a Beast who goes on an adventure to find more beasts like him. We have looked closely at the images to make inferences about what we know about the characters and have also looked at our we can read aloud with expression.