Welcome to our final term of the school year. In our first week we are having a whole school focus on the story book-The Curious Garden and we will be linking our learning to this story and the events by thinking about how to save our planet.
Our main topic will then follow. This topic is called Rio de Vida and we will be learning all about Brazil. We will compare and contrast Brazil to the UK as well as learning about the carnival Rio is famous for.
We will also be preparing for Sports Day and begin our transition to being a Year Two.
Week 15th July
This week in Maths we have been comparing time by looking at the different measurements- seconds, minutes and hours. We have thought about what we can do in these different measures of time.
In Science we carried out an investigation looking carefully at how wheels move. We looked at some ride on bikes and did some careful observations and tests.
On Wednesday we brought our Brazil topic together by having a carnival day. We made a headdress, a mask, some Brazilian sweets (to eat!) and then had a parade around the school field dancing to samba music!
Week 1st July
This week we have met our new class teacher and spent two days getting to know each other. It will also be busy with Sport's Day on Friday!
When we have been back in our usual routine we have started the topic of 'time' in maths using the language of before, after and finally. In English we have written our very own information text about either a Kenyan Village or Kenyan Town. We thought carefully about all the features that should be included.
Week 17th June
This week in Maths we have been comparing 2 digit numbers. We have been able to identify if the number is bigger or smaller and we have used our knowledge of place value (tens and ones) to help us.
In English we have written a 'call and response poem' linked to our focus book- 'Lila and the Secret of Rain'. We thought about what it would feel like, sound like and what we would hear if it was raining.
In Topic we made our own samba drum. We worked in groups to design it and we had to ensure the material we chose for the skin would allow vibrations to be made.
In Science we carried out an investigation- 'What makes the loudest sound?' We used different materials in a set of the same containers and ordered them from loudest to quietest. Ask us about the materials we tested and which ones made the loudest sound and why!
Week beginning 10th June
This week we have been working on place value by counting to 100, partitioning numbers using a range of models and comparing numbers by saying which is the smallest or largest. A number of mathematical resources have been used to explore place value, including Base 10, Numicon and place value counters.
We have a new book in English. Before reading the book two days were spent looking in detail at the the first page picture and thinking about the setting and the weather. We discussed favourite weather and the impact of the very hot sun in the story setting. After revealing that the story was set in Kenya the children used a photograph of a real Kenyan street scene to write expanded noun sentences. After hearing the story, 'Lila and the Secret of the Rain', the children reflected on the most memorable moments in the story and what made them memorable. We will be continuing to focus on this text for the next few weeks.
Our Rio de Vida topic was launched on Monday with a Samba dancing workshop with Miss Milnes. The children were taught a sequence of moves and then paraded around the hall to the music with the addition of percussion instruments to play.
The children have compared Brazil to Didcot and considered both similarities and differences. iPads were used to research a range of festivals, this also generated a range of questions that the children would like to find answers to over the next few weeks.
Week 3rd June
This week in maths we have been describing turns. We have been turning our bodies, shapes and objects- a quarter turn, a half turn, a three quarter turn and a full turn.
We have then thought about position by moving left, right, forwards and backwards.
In English we have used our focus book The Curious Garden to write acrostic poems, the children included some great similes too!
In Topic lessons we have had a focus on bees to help us think about why they are so important. We then used this theme to create a bee in Art using printing as our technique.
We also made a waste free lunch box so we could help the environment and think about throwing less packaging away.