We strongly believe that all children should experience high quality books that enhance literacy skills and inspire them to read. We aim for children to develop a love of reading and this will help motivate them to write.
To help with this we are sharing a fabulous and highly recommended list of ‘100 Books to Read…’
Reading Spine takes place daily in every classroom where the children are read to. Each of the books help to develop the imagination of our children and equips them with language. We want our school to be a place where children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with high quality books. We use the Pie Corbett Reading Spine so that children have access to high quality texts and develop a love for reading!
We have been learning all about fables. We have identified the themes in many different fables and the one we chose to specifically focus on was The Boy who Cried Wolf. We have innovated the setting, characters and plot to make our own fables with the underlying theme of – If you tell lies, nobody will believe you when you tell the truth.
Hazel class have been learning to write persuasive letters! We have imagined that the forest school was for sale and the children had to write a letter to persuade Mrs Dugdale not to sell it
The children tried so hard to draft and edit their work and there has been some amazing work produced! Well done everybody!
Hazel class have also watched and analysed The Pied Piper story, which we have all thoroughly enjoyed. We developed our questioning and prediction skills when thinking about what might happen in the story. The children have used the story to help them draw a story map, plan and write their own fairy tale, changing the character and the instrument that they played to get rid of the rats!
Our ideas were super and it was a pleasure to read the independent writes.
We have been learning about forces and magnetism. We looked at lots of different types of magnets and compared the size, weight and magnetism. After this, we designed our own experiment to test ‘Which materials are attracted to magnets?’ We wrote our own predictions, methods, results and conclusion. We found that a fork, knife, spoon, copper coin and silver coin were magnetic because they were attracted to the magnet. However, we found that a pencil and a coca cola can were not attracted to the magnet therefore were not magnetic. We concluded that some metals are magnetic but not all metals. Look at the pictures of us experimenting with the magnets.
Our science topic this half term has been health and nutrition. We planned and conducted an experiment to test whether exercise affects our heart rate. We measured our heart rates whilst resting, after walking, jogging and sprinting. We found that our heart rate increases the most after sprinting!
We have looked at what food groups make up a balanced diet and what they provide.
Carbohydrates – energy
Protein – help your body grow and repair itself
Fats – Provide energy
Fruits and vegetables – provide vitamins and minerals that are good for keeping your skin, bones and teeth healthy
Dairy – help your bones grow strong
In DT we evaluated existing stockings and designed our own. We practised using the running and overstitching technique to sew our pieces of fabric together. We persevered to sew buttons onto our stockings and make loops for hanging them up with. They were all sold them at the Christmas Enterprise Fair. It was a huge success!
In DT, we have tasted, evaluated and made our own fruit skewers. We tried kiwi, banana, strawberry, apple and melon.
As a class, our favourite fruit was strawberry!
We have been covering multiplication and division of 3,4 and 8. We have then used our times table knowledge and inverse operations to solve word problems. We have worked extremely hard!
We have been looking at numbers that go up to 1000 and securing our place value knowledge. The children have been counting in hundreds, tens and ones, comparing and ordering numbers and finding number patterns. We are now focusing on addition and subtraction using different methods such as column addition/subtraction, partitioning and counting on/back to find the answer. In addition to this, we are continuing to develop our multiplication through the use of Times Table Rockstars.
This half term our topic has been ‘Christmas, God with us’. We have learnt the meaning of presence and Emmanuel. Now we know that Emmanuel means God is with us. We have recapped the Christmas story and discussed what lessons we can learn from the Christmas story. We listened to the hymn ‘Emmanuel, Emmanuel’ and then wrote our own hymns. They were lovely – well done!
This half term in RE, we have been learning about the qualities that make somebody a good person. We explored the story of David and Goliath and identified his strengths and qualities. Some children wrote fantastic diary entries imagining they witnessed the story of David and Goliath.
We have applied the qualities to ourselves and discussed what makes a good friend!
Hazel class had a fantastic first ‘Forest school’ session! The children went searching in the forest for facts about Hazel trees. They even all gave a hazel nut a try! After that they went and tried to identify the trees in the forest using their tree ID dials. They were very excited to discover a horse chestnut and can’t wait for the conkers to arrive!
We used our first tool, a palm drill, to make a name necklace. The children worked really well together and persevered as it was very challenging making the hole for the string. The children are very excited for their next forest school activity.
Isabela M- ‘I enjoyed learning facts about my class name and trying a hazel nut was very exciting.’
Kyle T- ‘It was very challenging to make the name necklace but I was very happy to see what I had made by the end of the activity.’
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