This term, Willow Class will have PE on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Rowan Class will have PE on Mondays and Thursdays.
Week 8 (w/c 17th December)
We have reached the final week of a very busy term! This week, we have enjoyed our Christmas Lunch, and been busy practicing for the Christmas Concert on Friday.
In English, we have finished writing our fact file about whales, and have learnt some really interesting things - did you know that some whales have one blowhole, while others have two!
In maths, we have moved on from money to begin learning more about multiplication and division. This week, we have been thinking about the importance of equal groups and using this information to write repeated addition calculations.
We have also been finishing off our topic Land Ahoy by creating a PowerPoint slide of the things we enjoyed learning about.
Have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year - see you in January.
In our English lessons this week, we have been using non-fiction texts to find out information about whales. We have then been planning and have started writing our own Non-Chronological Report about whales to showcase our knowledge.
In Maths, we have finished our unit on money by consolidating our understanding of how to find change by counting on. We have also been learning how to solve problems involving money, some of which had two steps!
Our topic lessons this week have focused around learning about Grace Darling and sea rescue. We learnt about how Grace and her father rescued crew members from a ship wreck during an almighty storm in the 1800s. We thought about her bravery and how sea rescue has developed since then with the RNLI.
Thank you to everyone who has brought in some fantastic pieces of home learning this term. Please ensure that any home learning is in school by Friday 14th December - this allows the opportunity for children to share pieces with the class.
We have also been working very hard to put the finishing touches to our play, The Innspectors. The children have done such a fantastic job of learning their lines and the songs. We hope you enjoyed our performances!
Week 6 (w/c 3rd December)
In Maths this week, we have been continuing to look at Money, learning how to find the difference between two amounts and moving on to giving change.
In English, we have been finishing the story of the Storm Whale, and thinking about how the feelings of Noi and his Dad change at the end of the book.
In Science, we tried to remove some pirate treasure from rocks using vinegar and cola. We carefully observed what happened, decided which liquid worked best and tried to work out what happened especially where the bubbles came from!
We have also been practicing our play, having our fist dress rehearsal - we're looking forward to performing to an audience next week!
Our highlight this week as a visit from Captain Rocky Cliff for our Pirate Day. We learnt lots about Pirates, and had a chance to show off all the things we already know about Pirates. We also played some pirate games and had a chance to walk the plank!
In our Maths lessons this week, we have continued to learn about money. We have learnt how to select coins to make the an particular amount and have explored that there are actually different ways of making the same amount. This is something that would be great to practise at the Christmas Fayre this weekend!
This week in English, we have continued to work on The Storm Whale. We have carefully considered the thoughts and feelings of Noi and his dad at a particular point of the story. Noi found a beached whale after the storm, took it home and put it in the bath! Should Noi tell him? How will Dad react? We have carried out role play activities such as freeze frames and a conscience alley to help us to understand how the character feelings and what Noi should do.
In our Science lesson, we carried out an experiment to find out which material would be best suited to save Sailor Jack's treasure. The treasure was stored in ice to stop rival pirate crews from taking it - which material would be most suitable to help to stop the ice from melting?
We have also used the iPads to research information about famous pirates - Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. We have then presented this information as a fact file.
In addition, we really enjoyed taking part in the Poetry Slam house competition! Everyone was able to perform a poem to the year group, we took a vote and then the Red and Green houses performed in front of the whole school!
Week 4 (w/c 19th November 2018)
In English this week, we have been continuing to base our learning around The Storm Whale. We're really enjoying the story and have been thinking about how Noi's feeling change as the story progresses. We have used these ideas to write a diary entry for the day Noi finds the whale on the shore, imagining that we are Noi.
In Maths, we have moved on from addition and subtraction to begin to look at money. Building on our learning from Year 1, we have been reminding ourselves about the different coins and notes; thinking about how much they are worth and beginning to combine them to make different amounts.
In Topic, we have been learning about maps particularly features that you find on a map such as a key, different symbols, the compass or the grid lines. We have designed our own Pirate Treasure map, and written instructions to find the pirate treasure using compass directions.
We have also been practising the Christmas play (a lot). If you haven't brought your costume into school yet, please try to have it in school before Monday 3rd December - thank you!
Our Maths learning this week has focused on column subtraction. We have learnt the important of arranging digits carefully into the tens and ones columns before beginning subtracting. We also learnt that somethings we will need to regroup.
Representation -- Regroup 51 into 4 tens and 11 ones -- Subtract the ones
In English, we were pleased to get back to our story of The Storm Whale. We have continued to think about the characters of Noi and his dad and discovered that, after an almighty storm, Noi found a whale washed up on the beach! We have been sequencing the events of the story so far.
In our topic lessons, we have learnt about Captain James Cook and used an atlas to find the countries that he travelled to. We used a key and marked these countries on our own maps. We also thought about the question "how do boats float?" - we knew that balls of plasticine sank in water and were challenged to mould the plasticine into a shape that would float.
Week 2 (w/c 5th November)
In maths this week we have been continuing to look at addition and subtraction. We have been learning about column addition, and what happens when we need to regroup the ones.
We have been enjoying our celebration week, learning about Bonfire Night and Guy Fawkes, Diwali and Remembrance. We have used scratch art techniques to create firework pictures, designed our own Rangoli patterns and made Poppies to fill our soldier silhouette.
In English we have been focusing on poetry, writing our own Firework poems, learning about the First World War through poetry and learning and performing some poems.
In Maths this week, we have continued our work on addition and subtraction and we have been learning about how to add multiples of 10. We have noticed that only the 10s digit changes.
We have started a new book in English this week but the title hasn't yet been revealed. We've been using our detective clues to study pictures and find clues about the two characters - Noi and his dad. This has involved some fantastic role where we thought about what we already know about Noi and his dad and how they might be feeling.
Our topic has got off to a flying start! On Monday, we explored the playground to look for clues about what our topic is going to involve. We drew marks on a map to show what clues we found and where. Back in the classroom, in the warm, we discussed the clues and what this might tell us about what our learning will be this term. In Science, we thought about what materials would be suitable to use to build a boat. We carried out an experiment to see whether a range of materials would sink or float in water and used these results to conclude which materials would be suitable. In our art lesson, we practised our sketching skills whilst drawing boats.