Our Topic this Half Term is GROWTH!
Week beginning 22.05.2017
This week, we all took part in the school's Careers Day. We got to meet a lot of interesting people from lots of different jobs as well as work alongside our friends from Year 1 and 2. These included a fireman, policeman, coastguard, travel agent, builder, engineer, actor, translator, volunteer from an animal charity to name but a few. We got to find out what it was like to do their careers as well as looked at lots of the equipment they use on a daily basis. They also gave us the opportunity to ask questions too!
Week Beginning 15.05.17
On Monday we went on a trip to Carlton Marshes to find out about and explore plants and creature that grow and live on the marshes. The children looked for creatures that live on land and in the water and found plants that grow on the marsh. The activities included plant identification, collecting nectar from flowers as the bees, searching for minibeasts and dyke dipping. The children matched the creatures to their names using identification sheets. Dyke dipping was most definitely their favourite and it was fascinating to see what lives in the dark waters.
Thank you to Carlton Marshes for a wonderful day out and learning experience!
Week Beginning 08.05.2017
This week we have continued our learning linked to Jasper's Beanstalk and continued to explore what plants need to grow big and strong. We have also been exploring the colours of nature and saw this as a perfect opportunity to explore our wooded area. Before we went exploring, we mixed different shades of green by observing how green paint changed when we added white, black, blue and yellow. We then turned these into our very own colour charts through ordering the colours from the lightest to the darkest.
In Maths, we have been exploring capacity. We have been investigating which containers can hold the most water by counting the number of cups each one held. We had to look extremely carefully at some of the containers as some were tall but very thin whereas some were short but fat. What a challenge!
Week Beginning 01.05.17
We have continued our learning about growth this week through the story 'Jasper's Beanstalk'. The children have really enjoyed internalising the story through our Talk4Writing approach. This was supported by creating a story map as a class, making Jasper masks to re-tell the story and focusing on days of the week to support with learning the order of events in the book.
The children have been thinking about how the story could end when Jasper reaches the top of the beanstalk.
Callum brought his plant into school he had grown for his Easter holiday homework. We planted it in a big pot and talked about what else it would need to grow. Callum decided he needed to water it and we then found a spot in the garden where it would have space and sun to grow. We are looking forward to watching it change as it grows.
The children have been exploring capacity ready for our learning next week
Week beginning 24.04.17
This week we have been reading the fantastic story 'Superworm' by Julia Donaldson. The children have really enjoyed it and we have been engaging in both adult led and child initiated activities linked to the book across the curriculum. This story has even sparked the children's curiosity about worms and we have been finding out lots of interesting facts all about worms that even our teachers didn't know. For example, did you know that worms have five hearts and don't have any teeth?!
Week Beginning 19.04.17
We are all very excited be back at school after a wonderful Easter holidays and the children have enjoyed telling us all about their favourite days and how many Easter eggs they got.
This half term we will be learning through the topic of Growth. This will include finding out about how plants, animals and humans grow and how they contribute to the world we live in. We encouraged the children to start to think about the topic over the Easter holidays and some of them have been busy growing and learning how to look after plants and animals.