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Spring 1 2022

Happy New Year

It was lovely having everyone back for the first three days and we hope that you all had a lovely Christmas break. Although it was a shorter week, we managed to fit a lot in to it!!!

 

English - The true story of the 3 Little Pigs

When we arrived in Seahorse Class we found out that our back door had been taped off by the police as there was a crime scene outside. Upon further investigation we found evidence of straw, sticks and bricks which led us to think about the story of the 3 little pigs. We all created story maps of the traditional tale but then discovered a book titled "The true story of the 3 little pigs" told by the wolf. Will we believe his story or is he always going to be the "Big Bad Wolf?"

Maths - Addition

This week we recapped and reviewed our mathematical knowledge of addition by: adding a single digit to a 2 digit number, using number bond facts to solve similar addition sums, and using our number bond knowledge to help us bridge to ten and then add on the remainder when addition problems crossed tens. We used a variety of tools and methods to help us, such as: using dienes, bar models, whole - part models, and numberlines.

Science - Life and habitats in our field

As part of our longtitudinal study we are exploring how living things survive in our field by observing and recording habitats, food, and different signs of life throughout the year.

This week, in the middle of winter we found a lot of mini beasts out and about under leaf piles, rocks, and wood which we expected to find. However, what suprised us was the early signs of new life beginning to show through new shoots and even eggs!!

Week 2

English - points of view

This week we have been looking at how characters can be seen from different points of view and how the use of language can change the readers opinion. Most of the class feel sorry for the wolf after hearing "his side of the story" and so have practised writing about his good qualities and choosing good sentence openers to explain why they believe he is actually a good wolf. This then lead on to us looking at persuasion and persuasive writing. Initially the children were not sure what this was but then showed how good they were at it when they needed to persuade their teachers why playtime and lunchtime should not be scrapped! The children then looked at examples of persuasive writing and identified the persuasive features.

Maths - Subtraction

This week in maths we have reinforced and developed our number and place value knowledge by focussing on subtraction. The children showed good mental maths skills and were able to use appropriate methods to work out how to subtract a single digit from a 2 digit number, take away groups of 10, use their number bond knowledge to take away, and bridge to the nearest 10 to solve subtraction problems that crossed through 10. The children were able to show that they could apply what they had been practising over the last 2 weeks to complete the Friday challenge where we looked at some addition and subtraction problems laid out differently. 

Music - tempo, pitch and timbre

This week we focussed on timbre. Using the chant we learnt from last week we explored the different timbres that can be created using percussion and seeded instruments. We then developed our understanding of tempo and pitch by changing these to perform different versions of our chant using the different instruments.

Computing - Feeling of sound

This week we explored how music can be put together and composed to create different feelings and emotions. We listened to Mars and Venus by Gustav Holts and recorded how it made us feel and how it changed throughout the piece. 

DT - Healthy eating

This term for DT we are  focussing on cooking leading up to us preparing some party food to celebrate healthy eating week later on in the term. We started this week by discussing what we like to eat as a snack and then developed our thinking by focussing on "what makes a healthy snack." The children worked together and organise snack ideas discussing why particular food was healthy or was not healthy.

PE - Pilates and stages of growing up

This week we used different pilate position and moves to strengthen and develop our core strength. As we are learning about animal and human life cycles in science this term our theme this term is focussing on the different stages of human growth from baby - pensioner. The children copied a routine to learn the different positions and moves and then had the chance to create their own movements.

Week 3

Maths - Time

This week the children have been focussing on time in maths. We refreshed our memory of O'clock and half past the hour before moving on and focussing on quarter past and quarter to the hour. The children were able to tell, show, draw, and write given times before tackling word problems and having a go at working out times before and after a given time.

English - Contractions and persuasive letters

This week we looked at how an apostrophe is used to create contractions when letters are omitted. The children were able to identify contracted and non contracted forms of words and use these when they planned their persuasive letter to Mr Alexander T Wolf. The children have made up their own minds whether or not they believe the wolf's explanation of what happened in his version of the story and have used their knowledge of what we have learnt on this learning journey to help them create their own letters to Mr Alexander T. Wolf to try and persuade the guards to either let him go free or to keep him in jail. 

DT - Cooking - food processing

In preparation of making their own healthy salads, the children looked at the different tools and techniques used to prepare and process food. We discussed the importance of hygiene and different ways we can keep ourselves and others safe. The children used oranges and carrots to practice: cutting, grating, peeling and squeezing.

Music - Alien chant compositions

This week the children had the opportunity to explore composing their own music pieces using different instruments and experimenting with tempo and timbre. The children used a 4 beat bar to plan their compositions.

Computing - Creating music

Following the music theme, in computing we looked at how a computer program - "chrome music lab" can use shapes and patterns to represent different instruments and sounds. The children used Ipads to experiment drawing different shapes and marks to discover the different effects and to compose their own pieces.

Film Night

Everyone enjoyed watching Encanto for our Film night especially singing along to "we don't talk about Bruno"! 

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