Week 6 (w/c 10th February 2020)
Design and Technology
On Monday, we spent all day focusing on our a DT project that focused on our topic for this term- Splendid Skies. We started off our day by sharing and discussing books that had sliders, levers and hinges. We then thought carefully about how to design our own weather forecaster which would slide up and down to show and present to the audience what the weather would be like for the specific day we were given. After break, we worked together to create our own personalised weather forecaster. Later, we were placed into groups and rehearsed presenting a live weather forecast. To end our day, we reflected on the functionality, purpose, design decision and attractiveness of our product.
In English this week, we have been learning about poetry. We discussed and explored the specific vocabulary a poet uses when writing poems. We created word banks around what we could see, feel and hear when it is windy and when it is raining. We then used our word banks to scaffold us whilst writing our own poems. To end the week, we made improvements on our work and used our best handwriting to publish and place our poems on display in our classroom.
Week 5 (w/c 3rd February)
In Maths we have been learning about place value. We have looked at a 2 digit number and used base ten to represent how many tens and ones in that number. We are now looking at numbers up to 50 so why not spot them when you are out and about and also count forwards and backwards from 0-50 too!
We have had a very exciting week with the author Hannah Shaw visiting. She read us part of her new book and also taught us how to draw a pig which is one of the character's in her new story.
Topic and Science
We have been looking at the weather in a lot of detail this week. We compared the weather in Spain to the UK and thought about Spain being further South.
We explored what happens in Winter and which months Winter is in. We completed the next part of our seasons wheel by representing Winter though festivals, our clothes and the weather.
We have also started stage one of an investigation- 'Do pine cones know it's raining?' We labelled the parts of a pine cone and then looked carefully at the scales of the pine cone both inside and in water and observed the changes to the pine cones scales. Why not ask us what we found out!
In maths this week, we have finished our block of learning on addition and subtraction. We have reminded ourselves about 'fact families' (related facts) and have explored the relationship between addition and subtraction. We have also been comparing number sentences using the <, > and = symbols.
We have continued to base our learning around The Snail and The Whale book by Julia Donaldson. This week we have retold the story with a 'twist' - we have changed one of the main characters to another sea creature rather than a snail! We have written our own stories such as 'The Crab and The Whale'.
In our topic lessons this week, we have learnt about extreme weather events such as hurricanes and blizzards. We learnt about weather 'ingredients' and what is needed to create these weather events - for example, we need heavy snowfall, ice and winds to create a blizzard.
In our science lesson, we investigated 'what keeps us dry?'. We looked at a range of materials when they were wet to find out which materials would be appropriate to use to make a coat.
Week 3 (w/c 20th January)
In maths we have been learning to subtract in different ways. We have been subtracting by counting back on a number line. We have also began to think about subtracting when crossing 10 by making ten first as our number bonds really help us with this. See example below.
In Science we thought carefully about the rain this week. We asked questions such as- 'Why do we need rain?' 'What happens if we have too much rain?' 'What happens if we do not have enough rain?' 'What do we use to measure the amount of rainfall?'
We linked this droughts and flooding and thought about what harm these could both cause.
In English we have continued with our work on our focus story- 'The Snail and the Whale.' We have been using adjectives to describe some of the scenes in the story. We thought about how this can make our writing more interesting through description and we wrote in sentences about one particular scene- 'The Thunderstorm' and included as many adjectives as we could!
This week in our maths lessons, we have been learning how to add numbers within 20. We have reminded ourselves how counting on can be used to add two number. We have also learnt a new method called 'making 10' where we used our number bonds and partitioned a number, see the example below:
We have started to study the story of Julia Donaldson story of The Snail and The Whale which we will be learning about over the next few weeks. We have discussed our favourite parts as well as parts of the story that we didn't like. We have used recalled the main events of the story and presented these as a story map.
Splendid Skies is our new topic for this term. You should have received a knowledge organiser with an overview of everything that we will be learning this term - please let class teachers know if you have not received one yet.
This week, we have started to look at different types of weather and thought about what clothes would be appropriate for different seasons.
We also had a special visit from a Mr Thomas, a real-life scientist who used to investigate weather in really cold parts of the world such as the Artic and Antartic. He carried out a number of science demonstrations for us and we learnt that the sun and the air are the two key ingredients needed to create different types of weather. We then carried out our own investigations into what the weather was like.
Festival of Triangles
This week we have started the new term with a whole school theme called- 'Festival of Triangles'.
We have learnt the properties of a triangle and used this knowledge to understand what a tetrahedron is. We then got creative and made our very own tetrahedron out of recyclable straws! Each individual tetrahedron will then be secured together to make one giant one!
We studied the artist 'Kandinsky' and designed our very own piece of art work based on a triangle. We used triangles of different shapes and over lapped them and carefully chose colours to colour in each section.
We used our bodies to make triangles with a partner to warm us up during gymnastics and are learning different jumps and rolls.