Welcome to Term 4! What an exciting topic we have planned for this new term - Superheroes!
We are learning about our super senses and bodies in science, creating superhero moving pictures in DT, using our super archery powers in PE and much more. In history, we are learning about a superhero from the past - Florence Nightingale. She is famous for all she did to improve conditions in hospitals and making patients better with nursing skills that had not been seen before. If you would like to find out more about this special lady, here are a few links:
Pictures from superheroteamtraining.com and Florence Nightingale Foundation
We began our topic with a Superhero day where the children ( and teachers!) had lots of fun coming to school dressed as their favourite superheroes. We then shared the story Supertato and the children then created their own superhero vegetables. These new superheroes then became the star characters in the rewritten version of Supertato.
,This week during maths we have been learning all about days of the week, months of the year and the four seasons. We had fun correctly ordering them as well as using them to answer questions about them. Ask your Children to take the challenge of how many questions they can answer in a minute!
DAYS,MONTHS, SEASONS QUIZ!
How many days are there in a week?
How many days are there in 2 weeks?
How many months are there in a year?
How many months in 2 years?
Can you name the days of the week starting from Wednesday?
Name the months of the year?
Can you name the seasons and the months in the seasons?
What day comes before Thursday?
What month is after July?
What month is your birthday?
We have also been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. Look around your home to see how many 3D shapes you can spot- cylinder, sphere, cube, cone and cuboid. Get a grown up to help you count the vertices (corners), faces and edges of each shape.
We would like to share more exciting artwork from Rabbits class. This week we have been learning about African masks and how when warriors wear them they take on their identity. With this in mind, we made fantastic masks that we would like to wear if we were warriors. We used templates and then oil pastels, then finishing off using lolly sticks, feathers and wool. The display board in the hall looks amazing and we are very proud of them.
Today the children enjoyed practising being a TV chef. They were recording how to make an African sweet potato recipe. As you can see, we have a budding chef in Rabbits class that would make Jamie Oliver proud!
We have been learning about our topic country of Kenya and looking at their colourful costumes. They wear beautiful jewellery made out of beads, threads and shells. Looking at pictures of these, we wanted to make ours as colourful as the ones from Kenya. We cut up coloured straws and decided on a repeating pattern for our headbands. Some of our patterns were quite complicated and took a lot of practise to get them just right! We had great fun making them and had even more fun wearing them. Mrs Newbury had told us about the jumping dances that Masaii warriors do wearing their headbands and costumes - perhaps we can have a go next week? We love our artistic efforts - what do you think?
The children in Rabbits Class have made their new teacher Mrs Newbury feel very welcome. She will be teaching in class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Mrs Kerbey teaching on Thursday and as before.
It has been a busy week as we begin our new topic of All Around the World - Weather. In science, we have been looking at different types of weather, drawing and labeling these. In geography, we have been doing some map work and learning about the seven continents. Our focus country is Kenya in African and over the next few weeks we hope to complete lots of exciting learning and art around Kenya ready for our All Around the World exhibition. We have a new role play corner where we can make weather reports just like we see on TV.
We have had a very busy week getting everything ready for our Christmas Show and market. We really enjoyed watching Year 2 and EYFS performances and despite feeling nervous we tired our very best to speak out at our performance of a King is Born. With only 1 week to practice we think we did a fantastic job!
We have really enjoyed making our gifts to sell at our Christmas market. We made Christmas decorations, tags for presents and snow globes too.
We are all beginning to get very excited about Christmas but have had a busy week of checking all of the learning we have done this term. We have learnt lots of different sounds made up of special friends in Read Write Inc. These are pairs, or groups of three letters that make one sound.
Have a look at some of the sounds on the Chart below and see how many words you can make using each of the sounds.
In Maths we are getting really good at adding 3 numbers together or subtracting numbers using a number line. However we do find it a little tricky sometimes to explain how to solve a number problem in a story or a real life situation. So our teachers thought it would be really useful to have a little more practice at home. Did you manage to complete the homework? Here are some of the questions you were asked to look at.
Don't forget to read 4 times and get a grown up to sign your reading record. I'm hoping we might win the homework cup this week!
Next week are our Christmas performances followed by mince pies, mulled wine and a chance to buy some special little Christmas gifts made by your children. Please come along and support your children as they have been working really hard to prepare the gifts for you and learn their parts in the performance. Thank you.
On Monday, during our science lesson, we learnt about the fire triangle. We found out that in order for a fire to burn you need fuel, oxygen and heat. We investigated what happens when you remove one of the three elements and we discovered that the fire goes out. During our investigations we predicted what would happen to three tea lights when you place different sized jars over them. We shared our ideas before carrying out the experiment. We discovered that the tea light in the small jar went out first. When asked why this had happened, the children explained that it was because the small jar holds the least oxygen and that the flame used up this oxygen quickly.
During design and technology we used different materials to make our own alien shadow puppets. Using the materials that we had planned to use during last week's investigation, we designed and made our puppets. Some of us found that the materials we had chosen were good for making interesting shadows but were not very strong and were therefore not good materials to use for making puppets.
On Thursday we wrote descriptions about our alien puppets. We used adjectives to make our sentences more interesting.
This week we had lots of fun designing our Alien characters ready for using in our creative writing next week. Our teacher says we have a great imagination and have been very creative in our designs. Each one is unique just like us!
In maths this week we have been learning how to add 3 numbers together. We have been using our knowledge of number bonds to 10 or doubles to help us add more quickly. Can you help us spot a pair of numbers that add up to 10 or a double to add these numbers together quickly? Don't forget to add the last digit- sometimes we forgot!
3+7+4= 5+2+2= 6+4+7=
6+3+3= 1+9+7= 2+7+7