Happy New Year
Please find your child's username and password in the back of the yellow reading record book.
The spellings for your child are set specifically for him/her. Paper copies of the words to learn for the week will still be sent home in the weekly homework folder.
Please come in and see us if you have any problems.
Our topic this term is...
Animals Around the World.
There are very strong Geography and Science links - learning about the continents and oceans, which animals live in different parts of the world and why they are so suited to these habitats.
Our second destination is......
In Art, we have been creating 3D surfaces using the inspiration of traditional Ken-te cloth from West Africa.
We learned that Ken-te is the name given to a colourful silk cloth which is made in a traditional way. Shapes like squares, triangles, zigzags, crosses and circles all have special meanings and are used in the patterns. The bright colours used also have special meanings.
Next week, we will be painting our 3D surfaces using the warm colours of the colour wheel........yellows, oranges and reds.
If everyone reads 5 or more times each week - the rewards come round much quicker!
To celebrate, this Friday (28th January), the children may bring in a soft toy for the day to share in our learning.
In Music we are learning a song called 'I Wanna Play in a Band'. We have been listening to and comparing a range of rock songs. This week we looked at how to produce a good sound on the glockenspiels and next week we will add these into our song as an accompaniment.
Maths - adding and subtracting through 10 (and multiples of 10)
The children have been working REALLY hard to master this maths concept over the last few weeks. We've used a lot of practical resources including 10s frames, bead strings and numberlines before moving onto our own jottings and finally calculations without jottings.
It's a really useful skill that will support the children's calculations as they move up through the school.
Our first destination is......
Our Art unit for this term is 3D.
Making links with this term's topic, we used our prior knowledge of the colour wheel to learn about cool/cold colours.
We are learning a new skill, the technique of card wrapping, and using only cool colours of wool to make an Antarctic scene.
This technique is great for developing hand eye coordination. We also found that our weaving skills from last term, pushing the paper strips carefully together, helped us to ensure our wool strands lay neatly together. Some of us have even learnt how to tie knots! This is our Antarctic work in progress.
In Geography this week we looked at the different directions on a compass, learnt a rhyme to remember them (Never Eat Shredded Wheat) and then made the most of a sunny afternoon to play a running around game following compass directions.
We also looked at the differences and similarities between maps, atlases and globes. The children then used an atlas to be geographical detectives and find out where all the continents and oceans of the world are. This was quite challenging and the children rose superbly to this challenge!
Our text in English this term is The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon. For our introduction lesson on Wednesday, the children used descriptions of animals to identify which animal had made the footprints.
Third 500 Reading Points Achieved
At the end of last term, we achieved our third 500 points for reading regularly at home. The children have voted for their next special treat .......... bring in a game from home (eg. card game, board game) We will be having this treat on FRIDAY 14th JANUARY.
Great team work everyone. Keep up with the super reading!
(We are currently well on our way to achieving our fourth set of 500 points)