27/04/2014 at 8:09 AM
We’ve had a brilliant, and extremely busy, start to our Summer Term.
In Literacy the children have been working on writing character descriptions. You may remember the excellent newspaper reports they wrote about the Gruffalo, we have build upon these skills and been writing about a character from Tyrannosaurus Drip. The children have brought home Tyrannosaurus Drip’s guide to writing brilliant character descriptions and for their Learning Log work, they should chose a favourite character from a book or film and write about them. (click to enlarge the image)
Next week in Literacy we are going to be doing some non fiction ( information ) work, all about dinosaurs! I know we have some very keen dinosaur experts in the class and I’m sure that by the end of the week we will all be very knowledgable about them. At the side of the blog, there are lots of links to Dinosaur websites. Many thanks to the children who have already brought in books to share with the class.
In Maths, as well as practising our shopping skills, we also did a Maths Quiz so that I could check up which areas of our Maths learning we needed to refresh a little. I was delighted to see that most of the class had remembered most of our learning and I have planned to go back over anything that we had forgotten and then to build on what we already know. Shape work had gone a little rusty, so we revised this and improved our skills at using a ruler. Sing the song below to help you remember lots of 2D shapes and I’ve also set the shape games on Mathletics for everyone to do. (Apologies , if you can’t get this song out of your head once you have listened to it! )
My phonics group have been learning about to use apostrophes correctly and have requested a link to our favourite game of the week. They also have a challenge to find as many words as they can from ‘Tyrannosaurus Drip!’ Extra Dojo points for lists with longer words.
How are your sunflowers doing? Are seedlings are shooting up! Thanks to Mr Wilson for watering them over the holidays, and Mrs Suddards and I also came in and watered them. What would have happened if they hadn’t been watered for two weeks? We also left the curtains open. Why did we do that? Next week we will hopefully be planting them outside the classroom. We have sunflowers, sweetpeas, nasturtiums and some other flowers to plant, so hopefully it will become a wonderful, colourful area and will attract bees and butterflies. I wonder how tall the sunflowers will grow? Here they are now.
Just a reminder, there is no Mathletics club this Monday. (28th April) Next week is a Bank Holiday, so the next club will be on May 12th. ( We will have our Wednesday lunchtime club)
20/04/2014 at 9:48 AM
I can hardly believe that it’s the beginning of the Summer Term already! We are going to have another really exciting few weeks together. Here is our calendar for the half term, so that you can see some of the things we will be learning about! Dinosaurs and Nocturnal Animals! You will see that there are lots of links to interesting websites at the side of the blog page so that you can start to find out facts already!
During the first week we will be focusing on character descriptions and we will be using another brilliant Julia Donaldson story, Tyrannosaurus Drip. This is a picture book, so many of the clues about the character can be found in the illustrations. We will be ‘painting’ a picture of the characters with our words, helping the reader to imagine what the character looks, behaves and feels like. Click on the picture below to listen to the story being read.
In Maths, we are going to continue with the work we were doing based on shopping. We will be using Mr Toffee’s sweet shop again, but this time we are going to be thinking about giving change as well as adding up the total of the shopping. Click on the link below to practise.
We will also be busy planting out the seeds that we started to grow before the holiday. Have you been looking after your sunflower plant at home? How tall is it now? We will be recording the growth of our plants over the next few weeks and hoping for sunshine to help them grow tall!
Our SEAL theme for this Half Term is ‘Relationships.’ You can see each weeks Ethos Statement on our calendar and we begin this first week with,’ I realise what I do effects how others feel.’
In our assembly this week we will be looking at a book called ‘BIG’ by Coleen Paratore and thinking about how we can work together and strive to follow our learning code.
This is a short trailer about the book.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow and starting on the next exciting part of our learning journey together.
17/04/2014 at 4:22 PM
I thought you might like a quick look at what Mrs Fisher was up to in the first week of the Easter Holidays!
I was lucky enough to go to New York for the week. Everyday, we were up early and off to visit lots of interesting places. Here is a little animoto about my trip and a page I made using the app, Comic Life, which we have used together at school.
17/04/2014 at 4:13 PM
The children had a brilliant trip to the Co-op Farm near Goole and begun the week by writing ‘Thank you’ letters to the farm and sharing their learning and experiences.
Literacy, for the rest of the week was all about CHOCOLATE! With Easter coming, everyone wasreally interested to learn all about how chocolate was made. The children followed the links on the blog and also read information books. When we had gathered lots of information we sorted it all under different sub heading and each team worked on writing a paragraph for their sub heading. The Fantastic Friends focused on finding out about the plantations where cocoa trees are grown. The Clever Kids found out about the factories where the coco beans are used to make chocolate. The Superstars worked together to find out about the history of chocolate and the different types we eat. Marvellous Mates worked together to make lists of some of the interesting facts we found out. In ICT the children published their work and added pictures.
Finally we found out about Fair Trade chocolate and learned that in some plantations, particularly in parts of Africa, children work on the plantations and live in very poor circumstances and are unable to attend school. We learned how Fair Trade companies are working to improve this situation by paying a fairer price for the chocolate beans and not buying from plantations that use child labour.
Click on the images below and they will open up so that you can read and find out all about Chocolate!
Chocolate on PhotoPeach
In Maths the children worked on some problems about sharing chocolate bars! We listened to the ‘Chocoholic’ song and acted out sharing a bar of chocolate with 24 pieces! We learned how division is all about sharing or grouping. We also learned that if there are some pieces left over, these are known as the remainder. It was a lot of fun, thinking about all this chocolate.
Try sharing different quantities things between different numbers of people. We also used the link from a previous post to Mr Toffee’s Shop and practiced buying several items and then paying with the exact amount of money.
Finally we prepared cards and a gift to bring home for Easter. The children watched me demonstrate how to make the chicken puppets from a wooden teaspoon and use him as part of an Easter card. All the materials were on their tables, and the children worked together, helping each other to follow the instructions that they had listened too. When writing our messages we tried to use adjectives to describe members of our families to create our own personal Easter messages. Finally we decorated flowerpots and wrote labels for the sunflowers we had been growing, ready to take them home with us.
I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday! Do send a comment to tell everyone what you have been busy doing and keep blogging your book reviews, reading on Bug Club and playing Mathletics!
From Mrs Fisher, Mrs Suddards and Mrs Hodgson.
17/04/2014 at 2:57 PM
Following the fabulous trip the class had to the Co-op Farm near Goole, the children wrote ‘Thank you’ letters to Linda and Rebecca for giving them such a wonderful day. The children talked enthusiastically about the pizzas they had made and about all the things they had seen at the farm, especially the big tractor and the crop sprayer. They also could tell me about what they had learned about the crops grown on the farm and how wheat is used to make bread.
Here are just a few of the letters the children wrote…
02/04/2014 at 4:11 PM
01/04/2014 at 5:22 PM
Today we have read and researched about chocolate. We have added some of the facts we have learned to the Padlet below. Click on the screen to add your next fact. I have changed the settings so you fact may not appear straight away.
Can you answer these questions? How did chocolate get to Europe? What is the difference between white, milk and plain chocolate? What is life like for the farmers and workers on the chocolate plantations?
Check the links below in the previous Chocolate post and see what else you can find out.