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 6 (w/c 1st April)
This week, we have been developing our handwriting skills by writing up a piece of work in "best." We all tried really hard to make our letters the right size and to include all our revisions in the finished piece of work. Some of these will be used for display in the Hall after the holidays, and some will be put on display in Didcot Library!
In maths we have moved on from fractions to telling the time. We have remembered our learning from Year 1 really well, and could all tell the time to the hour (o'clock) and half past. We also used our fractions knowledge to recognise that the clock could be divided in to quarters. We've talked about the number of minutes in an hour, half an hour and a quarter of an hour noticing the relationship between the number of minutes and the whole, a half and a quarter. We have also begun to tell the time to a quarter past the hour and a quarter to the hour. We have even tried to work out why 15 minutes seems to long in a lesson, but so short at break time!
We have reached the end of our Towers, Tunnels and Turrets topic by learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We found out he was important to our local area because he was an engineer for the Great Western Railway. He also built bridges, ships and tunnels, including Box hill in Wiltshire and a tunnel under the River Thames that is still used today.
We then became engineers ourselves, challenged to build a bridge from just 4 sheets of newspaper and some masking tape. The bridge had to span a gap of 30cm and support the weight of 10 multilink cubes. We used some great teamwork and problem solving skills to come up with a range of designs
Finally, we have had some fantastic pieces of home learning for this topic - well done to everyone who had a go at home!
In our English lessons this week, we have used our story of Rapunzel as inspiration and we havewritten a set of instructions about how to defeat a witch. We thought very carefully about what makes a good set of instructions, such as including "bossy" (imperative) verbs and organising them in numbered steps.
This week we completed our unit on length and height; we used our measuring skills to find the length of items around the classroom and ordered them from smallest to largest. We have also consolidated a couple of areas of maths that we have found tricky this term, such as sorting shapes into venn diagrams.
We have followed up our fantastic visit to Warwick Castle by writing a recount, ensuring that we ordered the events chronologically and included interesting facts about our day.
We have also been practicing for our year group assembly. Thank you to all of the parents who came to watch!
Warwick Castle, Friday 22nd March
We had a fantastic time at Warwick Castle on Friday. We could identify all the castle defences that we have been learning about; the portcullis, murder holes, arrow slits, thick castle walls and the battlements. We climbed the mound - the oldest part of the castle dating from 978AD, toured the Great Hall and learnt about life in a Medieval Castle. We watched the Birds of Prey flying, and were very excited when the vulture decided to fly away from his handler and eat his food (a bit too) close to us! Finally, we climbed the spiral staircase and surveyed the castle and surroundings from the battlements. We'll tell you all about it at our assembly on Wednesday!
Week 4 (w/c 18th March)
This week, we have been looking at measuring; we started using centimetres and drew accurate lines using a ruler - we remembered lots of our learning from Year 1. We then began to consider how we would measure longer or taller objects, and began to investigate metres. We used a trundle wheel to measure the learning corridor at school (it's 54m) and then measured various distances outside.
We even tried matching Usain Bolt's 100m world record - the fastest person in Rowan Class ran 55m 43cm in 10 seconds!
We have finally finished the story of Rapunzel, but it didn't end the way we expected! Rapunzel defeated the witch with her own cunning plan, and became a feared witch hunter. We have been comparing the story to traditional tales that we are familiar with, the illustrations in the book particularly reminded us of The Wizard of Oz and The Highway Rat.
We thought about what happens to the villains in a story, and made a list of the ways in which they were defeated. We then used this to think of a plan to defeat a witch, and produced a storyboard illustrating these ideas. Next week, we will take it one step further and write instructions so that anyone can follow our plans to defeat a witch!
We have enjoyed learning about animals that live underground this week. We have found out how these animals have adapted to their habitat, for example a mole has special, short fur that can lay in either direction to enable the mole to move backwards and forwards in it's tunnel.
In this week's English lessons, we considered the character of Rapunzel from the witch's point of view. We have carried out hot seating to help us with this. Although we think that the Rapunzel is brave and intelligent, the witch thinks that she is dishonest and annoying. We have learnt how it is important to use what we know from the text is justify our answers. We have then written a character description in role as the witch.
This week's maths lessons have continued to be focused on fractions. We have started to learn about non-unit fractions and have can recognise equivalent fractions, specifically 1/2 and 2/4.
This week we have learnt about coats of arms, including the meaning of the symbols and colours that were used. We have then designed our own and made our own.
We have also started to think about towers around the world, such as Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Space Needle in Seatte and the Gherkin in London. We have used an atlas to identify these countries on a world map.
Week 2 (w/c 4th March)
we have been finding out more about castles this week, using the internet to research facts about castle defences and find out what different castles look like. We then used this information to create leaflets about castles - we really enjoyed this and took our time to produce some careful work... so we will be finishing them next week.
In Maths, we have looked at quarters and thirds. We have been able to find a quarter or a third of a shame or an amount. We have also been comparing the different fractions that we know about. we realised that the larger the denominator (number at the bottom of the fraction) the smaller the fraction.
We have had a really busy week in English. We have been continuing to think about the story of Rapunzel, first writing a diary entry to show how Rapunzel at the beginning of the story when she was stuck in the tower. Then we imagined what it would feel like to be Rapunzel and leave the tower for the first time, acting this out to help us understand her feelings. Finally we wrote another diary entry to show how different Rapunzel felt outside the tower. The children have worked really hard and produced some great writing!
We have also been celebrating reading, turning World Book Day into a whole week of activities. We have visited the library and borrowed books. We have shared books with the children from Acorn Class, dressed up as our favourite characters and taken part in an author masterclass, writing our own stories and imagining new characters. We have really enjoyed ourselves, and we all love reading!
To celebrate the end of our last topic about the Great Fire of London, we invited Didcot Fire Service into school to help us to burn our model of London. We made our own Tudor houses and then watched as our models were set alight and burnt just as they did in September 1666. 5 fantastic readers gave a presentation to the firemen and we all sang them a song that we have been learning. The firemen also reminded us of the rules about fire safety that we heard when they came to visit us last year. We all had a great morning!
We have started our new book this week by initially only looking at the end papers and the first illustration. We carefully considered what they told us about the characters and were able to conclude that this was the story of Rapunzel. However, this is not the traditional tale that we were expecting as Rapunzel seems a little different...
In this week's maths lessons, we have started to look at fractions. We have been learning that fractions must be equal parts before moving on to recognise 1/2 and 1/4 of shapes and amounts.
This week we have started our new topic Towers, Turrets and Tunnels! We have thought about what we already know about castles and what we would like to find out. We looked at a variety of castles; we were able to arrange them in chronological order and describe how they changed over time. In addition, we looked at a typical Motte and Bailey castle and identified the features such as drawbridge, portcullis, arrow loops and curtain walls.