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On behalf of all the staff at GEMS Didcot Primary, have a lovey summer holiday.

Wriggle and Crawl

Week 7 (w/c 16th July)

 

Maths

In our Maths lessons this week, we have been learning about how we can use estimation to help us to check our answers to calculations. We've thought about why this is an important skill and have been practicing it effectively.

 

English

We have continued to look at our book - which we still don't know the name of! We have created a Role on the Wall for our character and have carried out freeze frames and thought tracking to show how the character of Belle is feeling.

 

Topic

To celebrate the end of our Wriggle and Crawl topic, we have put our new skills into action and have created some fantastic stop motion animations of the life cycle of mini beasts. Take a look at some of these below! 

Life Cycle of Ladybird

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Life Cycle of a Butterfly

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Life Cycle of a Honey Bee

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Week 6 (w/c 9th July)

 

Wow - what a busy week! As well as an amazing i-rock presentation, the summer concert and incredible Sports Day, we have been busy learning in the classroom too.

 

English

In our English lessons, we have started to look at a new book but have so far only looked at the first page. We've been studying the picture in detail, looking for clues about the character and the setting.

 

Maths

In our Maths lessons, we have continued to learn about position and direction. We enjoyed the opportunity for some outside learning where we described a route for members of our group to reach targets.

 

 

 

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Topic

We have been learning about how minibeasts protects themselves fro predators through various methods, from warning colours and camouflage to "playing dead" and mimicry. The children then created a minibeast to fit in a particular habitat, thinking carefully about how they would protect themselves. 

Week 5 (w/c 2nd July)

 

After successful transition days into Year 3 at the beginning of the week, we have had a short few days together this week.

 

Maths

In our Maths lessons, we have looked at position and direction and have been learning to describe the different ways that objects can move.

 

English

We have continued our poem focus on "The Treasures" that we looked at last week. We have also been recapping many of the different features of grammar and punctuation to revise what we have learnt so far this year.

 

Topic

We have focused on bees - learning about why they are so important, not just for delicious honey! 

 

We have also been practicing our javelin throws in preparation for sports day next week.

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Week 4 (w/c 25th June)

 

Maths

In our Maths lessons this week, we have finished our learning about shapes. We can now describe the properties of 3d shapes, as well as sort them according to a criteria and arrange them as patterns.

 

English

This week we have been using our information about a conservation issue and turning them into persuasive information posters. The posters are very information and we have thought carefully about how to engage our reader. We are now very passionate about our causes!

 

We also learnt and performed a poem called "The Treasures" by Clare Bevan - a poem all about the treasures in our world.

 

Topic

In topic this week, we have used our fantastic minibeast sketches to create clay models of minibeasts. We thought carefully about our art skills when creating our sculptures.

We have also made the beginnings of a bug hotel! We have thought about the varying habitats of different minibeasts because all minibeasts are welcome!

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Week 3 (w/c 18th June)

 

Maths

This week in Maths, we have continued to learn about shapes. We have been learning to identify symmetry in 2d shapes and have sorted shapes according to their properties in venn diagrams.

 

English

In our English lessons, we have started to look at the book '10 Things I Can Do To Help My World'. This non-fiction, conservation book has lots of ideas about how we can take to look after the planet and we have started to think about putting some into action!

 

Topic

In our topic lessons, we have thought about the different ways that mini-beasts move and had a PE lesson where we thought about the different ways that we can move our bodies, just like a minibeast would. We have also created simple algorithms in computing, instructing our partner around the playground using key vocabulary in a hunt for minibeasts!

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Week 2 (w/c 11th June)

 

Marvellous Minibeasts at Earth Trust

On Monday we were lucky enough to have fantastic weather for our Marvellous Minibeast hunt at the Earth Trust centre at Wittenham Clumps. We had a great day and were able to explore different habitats looking for minibeasts; woodland, meadow and the pond!

 

English

In our English lessons, we have been writing a recount of our fantastic visit to the Earth Trust from Monday. We have been thinking about how to make it interesting for our audience by adding in details about the minibeasts that we found.

 

Maths

We have been learning to recognise and describe 2d shapes this week. Our key learning points have involved finding the numbers of sides and the number of vertices of a shape.

Don't forget our trip to Earth Trust on Monday 11th June!

 

Normal drop off/pick up time

 

Children will need:

  • Non-uniform
  • Wellies and comfy shoes
  • Waterproofs (weather dependent!)
  • Water bottles

Helping your child with Wriggle and Crawl

 

Help your child prepare for their project Minibeasts are fascinating. Why not have a minibeast hunt around our local area? Look out for different minibeasts, take close-up photos and use an app or spotting book to identify any unknown creatures. Alternatively, visit the Natural History museum in Oxford to see their wonderful collection of minibeasts as well as their real life bee hive! You could also invent minibeasts of your own. Draw, paint or make models of new minibeasts, then give them a name and describe their special features.

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