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Summer term 2019

Summer 2 2019

Our new topic for this last half term of this academic year is 'The Queen and the UK'. Please follow the link below to the topic map for our learning. 

We started our topic today (4.6.19) by looking again at the countries that make up the UK and who is in charge. We looked at the Union Jack flag and how it is made up of several different flags. The children worked really well as a team to paint a giant flag to display in our classroom. 
We have really enjoyed our topic so far and have enjoyed some great books such as 'The Queen's Knickers' and our latest book 'The Queen's Hat' that takes the Queen on a journey all over London to see all the big landmarks. We tried our hardest to remember them all in the right order and then we wrote our own part of the story saying where the Queen might go next. 
We have learnt more about the Queen's family and are trying really hard to remember all of their names! 
In our maths lessons. we have been learning more about measures. We have learnt how to carefully weigh objects and also how to measure liquid. We have been learning key vocabulary such as full, half full, empty, nearly empty, heavier, heaviest, lightest and balancing. 
We have started our forest school sessions with Miss Curnock. The children had a wonderful time in the orchard with their friends. 

Our Forest School sessions this half term are:

Monday 24th June afternoon

Monday 1st July afternoon

Friday 5th July morning (please come to school in your kit and bring your school clothes in a bag)

 

Keep checking back to see what we get up to this half term!

Summer 1 2019

Welcome back after Easter! We are looking forward to a short, but fun-filled half term of learning in Class 1. Our new topic is: Amazing Africa!

 

Please follow the link below to our new topic map:
We started off this half term, along with the whole school, in learning more about British Values. We completed lots of amazing work to learn more about these important values and how they weave into our daily lives. 

We read lots of stories, played games and made crafts to learn about democracy, rule of law, tolerance, respect and individual liberty.

Some of our activities:

-Voting using ballot boxes to decide on some key issues in class.

-Discussing and writing class rules.

-Making a respect hat with pictures to indicate how we can show respect to others.

-Playing traditional British games such as elastics with rhymes about the UK.

-Making a handprint picture of all of the values.

 

Have a look at some of our photos that show some of our activities. 

In our English lessons, we have been reading and watching 'Tinga Tinga Tales' that try to explain why the world is the way that it is. For example, we saw the story of why elephant has a long trunk where his nose got stretched by the naughty crocodile. We have been looking carefully at the characters in this story. 
We are now busy writing our own stories to tell the tale of, for example, why zebra has stripes, why camel has a hump, why cheetah has a tail and why snake is long! 
In our topic lessons, we have been looking at the climate and landscape in Africa. We have been learning about where people live in Africa from the big cities to the tiny villages. We used our observation skills to look carefully at images of African villages to see how they compared to our village. Using video clips, we saw how children as young as us, have to fetch water each day from dirty water sources due to a lot of villages not have a well. In our role play, we collected water from the puddles outside and carried it back to our hut. 

Handa's Surprise

We have been looking at a new story in our English lessons- Handa's Surprise, that is set in Africa. The children have been exploring the different fruits that Handa took to her friend. 

The children acted out the story, having to remember the patterned language, the order of the fruits and animals as well as thinking of adjectives to describe the fruits. They did a super job!

Growing

As part of our topic work, we have been thinking about what seeds need to grow. We set up an experiment with 5 different pots to check if what we predicted was correct. 

Pot 1) Everything we think a seed needs: a seed, compost, water and sunlight.

2) Everything except water.

3) Everything except a seed.

4) Everything except compost.

5) Everything but kept in the dark. 

We'll let you know how they get on. We also each planted some seeds to observe and hopefully grow some lettuce plants to bring home. 

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