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Autumn 2 2020

Week 4

As a hook for our new writing journal book the children had to find an alternative way into our classroom....through THE TUNNEL!!!

 

The Tunnel hook

The children have really enjoyed learning the portal story "The Tunnel" by Anthony Browne. The have been brilliant detectives and looked through the illustrations for clues to other stories that build and develop the main written story. To help develop their understanding of how the characters feel during the story, the children created their own freeze frames from the illustrations in the book and discussed what each character might be saying in that moment.

Design and Technology

This week the children learned about wheels and axles and explored how changing where the axles position was in relation to the wheel changed how the wheels and axels moved.

Tusk

This week the children have been learning about the charity Tusk and the work it does in Africa. To start off the week, the children looked at an advertisement for a job as a poacher and debated how this was wrong due to the fact that animals were being killed and becoming endangered but at the same time people needing money.

 

The children then used their scanning reading technique to find out useful facts and different information about the different tasks Tusk undertakes in Africa. They found out that some people help Tusk by becoming security guards that try to protect endangered animals from poachers. Tusk also tries to raise awareness about the harm of cutting down the African Rainforest - animals losing their homes and habitats along with harming the environment. Finally they found out about how Tusk have built more schools in African villages that not only teach children how to read and write but also teach them about the importance of protecting the African wildlife and environment.

 

The children wanted to tell more people about the work that Tusk does and therefore created some videos to share their messages. 

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Week 2 - Remembrance

 

This week the children have been doing a great deal of thinking about why Remembrance day is important and how this year is extra special as it marks 75 years since the end of WW2 and the 100th year of the Cenotaph and covid's effects on celebrations.

The children listened to the story of "where the poppies now grow" and discussed the symbolic importance of the poppy. We then read John McCrae's poem Flanders Field and drew pictures of what we visualised  when we read the different verses. 

The children decided they wanted to make a display to remind everyone passing our school about the importance of Remembrance day and so wrote down wishes they had, either about the future, or for the thousand of soldiers who lost their lives. This is now in our class window for all to see.

Maths

In maths this week we have been exploring fractions. Using their previous knowledge of dividing by 2, the children were able to halve different amounts practically by dividing their arrays into 2. The children then went on to discover that when you halve a half you get a quarter!! This meant we were able to work out what a quarter of different amounts were by halving and then halving again. The children then applied this knowledge when we looked at shapes and were able to divide various shapes by different fractions and label each fraction.

English

 

Through Meerkat Mail this week we have been applying "er" and "est" suffixes to adjectives and using exclamatory sentences to help Sunny the Meerkat explain how he was feeling at the different places he stay at during his travels. We then started to look for a suitable new home for Sunny in school. We will be using these pictures and the childrens' ideas for homes next week when we write a letter to Sunny's family.

Children in need day

We had a great children in need morning. We started off the day by joining Joe Wicks for his last 20 minutes of his 24 hour workout. We then discussed what Children in need was all about and how the money raised helps thousands of children in the UK and around the world. We used our reading skills to extract information and answer questions about Pudsey the bear and even managed to draw on our money value knowledge to help Pudsey work out how much money he had collected in his buckets. 

Week 1 - Welcome back.

 

We hope that you all had a lovely half term break. We have been really impressed with how well the children have come back  and have shown their eagerness to learn this week by doing different types of investigating.

 

Who does the suitcase belong to??

English

At the start of the week a suitcase arrived in our classroom without a note. We looked inside and found a variety of photos. We came up with some fantastic inferences to speculate who the case might belong to and explaining our reasons why.  

 

In the end we came to the conclusion that the suitcase belongs to Sunny the Meerkat and we have started reading Meerkat Mail to find out more about him.

Multiplication and division

Maths

This week we have been practically exploring using arrays to help us solve multiplication and division questions. We learnt that "multiplication" means "times", "groups of" or "lots of" and that "division" means "divided", "split", or "shared". The children did a fantastic job with these.

Gymnastics - high and low

For our first gymnastics lesson this term using the apparatus, the children investigated how they could travel "on", "through", "around", "over", and "under" different pieces of equipment with different parts of their bodies at high and low points.

History - Great fire of London

To start off our Great fire of London topic the children faced a puzzling question. How is "a bucket", "a diary", "fire", and " a lump of parmesan cheese" all connected with the Great fire of London??? 

The children shared their fantastic knowledge about the Great fire and easily linked the fire to London being on fire. However, the other three objects still remain a mystery and will need further investigation! 

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