We've had an incredibly fun busy week to end our term of learning. We started our week creating some amazing 3 dimensional water worlds out of different coloured paper, and materials. First we thought about our ideas and how we could put them in to a design, then we brought our ideas to life! We hope you liked the results.
Following on from this we shared our 'Spring Show' dance. We've been learning the song and coming up with the moves during our PE lessons this term. The song is a particular favourite of ours and Miss Pooley's! Our performance to the whole school was brilliant, wowing all!
We've also been to Bristol Aquarium to see the beautiful, stunning creatures of the seas near and far. We were very fortunate to have a guided tour around the aquarium, were we learnt about the behaviours, diets and unusual nature of some of the wonderful fish, sharks and lobsters. An added bonus was that we each got to feed the turtles and Piranha!
We hope you have a relaxing half term and we look forward to hearing your holiday tales.
Spring Show - Listen to the Man
Water World Designs
Water World trip to Bristol Aquarium
The highlight of our week has to be our trip to Windmill Hill City Farm. We absolutely loved it and had a wonderful day. The workers at the farm were so impressed with not only the way we represented our school, but also with our vast amount of knowledge about the animals and wildlife living at the farm. Have a look at all the lovely pictures of us there.
It is almost the end of another term and we are gearing up for our Curriculum afternoon on Tuesday. We have something wonderful to show you, so we hope you'll be able to make it!
We have started to create our Water-world designs, so thank you for the shoe boxes and bits of material, they are very much needed.
In numeracy we have been solving problems. We are incredibly good at it. We are good at choose the right resources to help us and discovering which method (+ or -) is needed.
In RE with have been looking at Hindu's place of worship - a Mandir. We looked at photos of the different designs across India and the world. We have also learnt what happens inside them.
Next Thursday we will be visiting the Aquarium. Thank you to all the parents that offered to help, but unfortunately we only had space for two adults on this occasion.
Have a lovely weekend and see you Monday
Farm Trip - Pond dipping and Minibeasts
This week we have been focussing a lot on our new Talk For Writing story - The King of the Fishes. This is a lovely wishing tale about a poor fisherman and his family. We have had fun learning the story, coming up with actions to help us learn the story, as well as using drama to help us understand the thoughts and feelings of the characters. We even came up with a lovely similies for the King of the Fishes.
"His scales are as colourful as a rainbow" Betty
"His eyes were as yellow as the sun" Martha
"He was as big as a hotel" Ayman
In RE we have been learning the story of Ganesha, one of the Hindu Gods. We created some Ganesha marks so that we could perform the story.
In numeracy we have been solving word problems using our RUCSAC - Read, Underline, Calculation' Solve, Answer, Check. This has helped us to really understand the problem especially helping us decide if its a addition or subtraction problem.
This week we celebrated the safe arrival of Taiyo's baby sister, with juice and ice-lollies outside.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday.
Here are some photos of the amazing pieces of homework about food chains. there is still time to do yours if you haven't already.
This week we have been learning about plants. We've learnt about the key features of a plant and we have been out in to the playground hunting for different types of plants. We were very fortunate to also be able to plant our own wild flower seeds to support the Victoria Park Wildflower Group. We will tend to the pots by watering them and when they have grown enough we will be planting them around the park. This will be a great opportunity for us to watch the stages of a plants growth.
In Literacy we have been learning about prefixes (un) and suffixes (er, est, ed, ing). We've being trying to use them in our writing, making sure we write them correctly. You can help us to continue to practise these at home, as well as help us to spot words containing them when we are reading or sharing books.
In Numeracy we have been learning about capacity and weight. We've weighed objects and food, as well as estimated the capacity of different teapots. It was great fun and can be easily done at home. See how many cups your kettle can fill or see how many spoons of sugar is needed to weigh the same as one potato!
A letter was sent home on Friday regarding two trips that we would like to make this term - one to Windmill City Farm to go pond dipping, the other is to Bristol Aquarium to learn about sealife. Please make sure you return permission slips and payment as soon as possible. We will also require additional adult support for both trips, so if you are available and would like to help then do let us know. If you are in need of another letter then do ask.
See you Monday
It was so lovely to see the children this week arriving back happy, energised and full of stories of their wonderful holiday fun, which they retold through their lovely story boards.
The children have completely wowed us with their incredibly foodchains homework. The inspiring, imaginative and creative ways that they have demonstrated what they have learnt is testimony to their natural love for learning and it has most certainly kickstarted our Water World topic beautifully. Photos of all their homework will be displayed here next week.
Water World is our science based topic and we have been learning about the different animal groups: mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians. We have learnt about the special features each group has and sorted animals accordingly. We have also learnt about the characteristics of Polar Bears and different reptiles like the Komodo Dragon and written lovely fact files about them. In addition to this, we have learnt the long names for the different type of eaters: carnivore; herbivore; omnivore and what each means.
In numeracy we have been learning about 3D shapes - their names and features. We have been spying and spotting them around our classroom and in everyday objects. We have learnt what to look for (faces, edges, corners) in the shapes to help us sort them. We also made them using plasticine, thinking about the features making sure we included them correctly in our models. 3D shapes are incredible as they are all around us in everything! Keep looking and see if you can spot the most unusal 3D object. We have also been learning how to give directions - forward, backwards, left, right, quarter turn.
Our RE topic is all about special places and we started with a place which we all share and love - our Classroom. The children thought about why it special to us. Here are some of their lovely thoughtful responses:
"It is where all my friends are"
"I feel happy here and I learn lots"
"Our topic display, because it is fun and exciting"
"Our teachers and animal helpers (Tangerine Dream, Errol Squirrel, Batty Bat, Coraline Crow and Discovery Dog)"
We ended our week creating wonderful wishing tales as this will be the focus for our literacy learning these next few weeks. We loved the idea of having magic genie lamp in our stories and making wishes come true!
See you next week.