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Don't forget that term finishes at 1.30pm on Friday 19th July. The new academic year starts on Wednesday 4th September. We look forward to seeing you all then, have a lovely Summer holiday!

Term 3- Splendid Skies

This term we will be looking to the skies to learn all about the weather. We will be thinking about the hot and cold places all around the world, observing the weather and measuring the temperature every day.

We will be thinking about some people from history who have made an impact on the way weather is measured today, for example Sir Francis Beaufort.


We will also be watching the weather forecast to see how accurate they are, and maybe even presenting some of our own!


If you would like to learn more, please visit the Met Office pages - there is a link below.

-Met Office Weather for Kids


Week 11th February



In Maths this week , we have been comparing numbers within 50 using statements and signs.  At the start of this week, we worked out one more and one less of any given number. We have used equipment such as base 10 , bundles of straws and numicon to make these numbers. We  then  compared  each number to  see how many  tens and ones  there are  as well as using signs which is more than  or less than.





. his week as part of our express challenge in topic,  we  have been learning about the different climates around the world.  We have also thought about  which items of clothing we would pack on holiday to a hot or cold climate. Did you know that Spain has four different climates?  They are Mediterrean, Mountain, Oceanic and Continental Mediterrean. Which of these climate would you like to visit and why? We also created a  suncatcher using small pieces of tissue paper to create colorful stained glass-looking effect.




In English,  we  have  finished our class novel by  writing a narrative in  the style of Julia Donaldson  about a chosen character who goes on new  adventure with the whale. On Thursday, we generate a word bank of rich and interesting vocabulary to create our own weather poem following a pattern.

Week 4th February

This week in Maths we have been looking at our numbers 1-50. We have now started to think about place value and how many tens and how many ones there are in a 2 digit number.

Look at the example below. 

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This week in Topic we have taken part in a challenge. We have created a postcard to attach to a balloon and have launched the balloon hoping to receive a message back from our 'finder.' 


We had to test the wind speed first to decide where best to launch our balloon and made predictions on what would happen when it was released and where it would land. 

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Week 28th January 

In Maths this week, we have continued to consolidate our knowledge  of subtraction.  We looked at using  the bar model method to work out related facts. 


In Science, we investigated  ' Do pine cones know its raining?'  We  observed our pine cones and record what we notice.   We then hanged it outside  for 15 minutes and  observed to see if there have been any changes.

We found that some pine cones have become softer.  


In Topic, we learned about the contribution of Sir Francis Beaufort, who invented the Beaufort scale used to  measuring the wind. We found that 0 on the Beaufort Scale showed calm weather  while 12 indicated a Hurricane or Typhoon.  We  create a fact file about  Sir Francis Beaufort. 


This week in English, we have explored  how adding description to our writing draws the reader in. We created a character description of the whale in our story. 

Week 21st January 

This week in Maths we have been subtracting. We have used number stories to work out the calculation and learnt a range of methods to find the answer. This has included counting back on a number line. 

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In Topic this week we have thought about extreme weather such as a drought, flood and severe wind. We thought about which season this would occur in and how we would feel in this situation. We had a go at freeze framing and showing our facial expressions! 


We also thought about a bird's eye view later on in the week and what this means. We then looked at an aerial view of the school and drew a simple map from a bird's eye view perspective- looking above and choosing simple symbols to represent trees, the school, a path.


In Science we investigated 'How big are raindrops?' We collected raindrops outside and measured them finding the biggest and the smallest. 

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Week 14th January

This week Topic, we have been learning about how weather is  worked. We had a visit from  a  Scientist, who  demonstrated how this happens.  We have  looked  at why the North and South pole  are cold and icy.  We then went outside to measure  the weather to compared the our results  to  the weather forecasted in Didcot to see if  they  were accurate. We found that our results  were similar. Did you know that you need that you need the Sun, atmosphere and water to make weather? Ask you child about the how this happens. 


In Maths,  we have moved on from counting on to adding by making 10. We used the ten frame  and the number line to help us work out calculations. 


In English,we have created story maps to retell the events in the story. we have continued to explore the setting in  the Snail and the whale.  We have  learned that to describe  a  thing, we need to use an adjective (the thing that describe a thing). For example, the enormous whale went on an adventure with the tiny snail. 





Week 7th January

This week in Maths we have been adding by counting on. We have used a number line to help us to do this. 


As well as as learning a sound each day we are now having English lessons too. Our focus is on the story- The Snail and the Whale. We have been making predictions about the story and why different choices were made too as well as writing our likes and dislikes. 


We have started our new topic Splendid Skies by going on a weather walk and observing the skies around us. We thought about this in Science too and thought of scientific questions we could ask and answer related to the weather. For example- 'What is the temperature today?' In Geography we looked at a map of the United Kingdom and looked at weather symbols to help us present the weather for the United Kingdom. 


We are taking the temperature everyday too as well as watching the weather forecast daily to help us to observe the changes and discuss what we have noticed.