Is there room on broom for the Gruffalo?
As Mathematicians we have been following a mastery approach using the ‘White Rose’ scheme.
We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes, how to identify them and what their properties are using language such as corners, faces and sides. We have learnt the differences between 2D (flat) and 3D (fat) shapes and what their mathematical names are. We have practised drawing 2D shapes and made our own pictures out of them.
In English we have been using the Julia Donaldson text 'The Snail and the Whale'. We have been using the scheme 'Talk for Writing' to retell this story. We have created a story map of this text and used this in our lessons to help write our own version (The Seahorse and the Turtle). We have used this adventure story to write a postcard from the Seahorse, and recount all the exciting things she did! In all of our writing, we are focusing on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. As a challenge, we encourage the children to include adjectives to make their writing more exciting and we have even introduced prepositions.
We have been using the Read, Write Inc programme to teach phonics. We have been using phonemes when reading a wide range of texts across all subjects and answering questions in order to extend our comprehension skills.
Our class text which we have been reading is 'Winnie the Pooh' by AA Milne.
As Scientists we have been looking at animals and how we can categorize them into classification groups - Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds, Fish and Insects. We have learned how each classification has different characteristics, for example Fish having gills and Mammals having fur or hair. We then were able to use this knowledge to decide where to categorize lots of different animals. We even went a bit further and added Arachnids to our research! In order to further our learning, we looked at grouping animals by what they eat. We learned that there are 3 different diets that animals can have, and they be grouped into either Carnivore, Omnivore, or Herbivore.
In music we have been following the Charanga scheme. We have been looking at the song 'Hey You' by Joanna Mangona. We have listened to this song and other styles of music each week. We have been discussing both the differences and similarities between the different songs each week. We have also been learning through the song 'Hey You' about rhythm and using percussion instruments to keep the beat.
We have also been learning some of the songs for our Christmas play 'Hey Ewe!'. The children have been fantastic at picking up the lyrics and tunes and we can't wait to show you the finished performance!
As artists we have been looking at and exploring the work of Axel Scheffler. He illustrated many of Julia Donaldson's books.
In our IT lessons we have started to think about E-Safety and how we can make sure we are being safe online. We have discussed the importance of not sharing personal information, and always checking with an adult if we are not sure of something. The children have made posters to remind us what to do - here are some examples!
Miss McFadden Posted this picture of Olive on the internet and we looked the next day how many people that post reached. Olive was seen in several places in the UK and even managed to get seen as far as New Zealand!