During this half term, we will learn lots of traditional tales, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Gruff Goats, The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man. We will learn to retell the stories and take on different character roles. We will also learn lots of rhymes and some poems. Each week we will learn and explore around the themes of the book and take part in a range activities, such as, building houses and bridges, exploring materials, baking bread, growing beans, decorating gingerbread men biscuits, collecting for Harvest and investigating with light and shadows.
Our star author for this half term is Oliver Jeffers and we will read one of his books each week. We will enjoy sharing lots of poems on National Poetry Day and creating our own shakers to use whilst saying the rhymes.
Each week we will focus on a different character from a different story to teach us the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The books we use to demonstrate these are: Charlie and Lola, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Superworm, Percy the Park Keeper, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Smartest Giant in town, Elmer, Curious George and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These learning characters are displayed in our classrooms.
We will finish the half term by finding out about the season of Autumn and looking at the changes that occur.
We began by continuing our learning around caring for plants and then building on this to caring for the environment. We found out about doing our part with recycling. We sorted out different types of materials into different bins.
We read Somebody Swallowed Stanley and we found out about plastic waste in the oceans. We made posters to remind people to put their rubbish in the bin. We then moved on to finding out about creatures that live in the sea and shared lots of stories and non-fiction books about them.
Summer 1 2021
The first part of this half term we learnt about St. George and the Dragon and castle life as we celebrated St. George's Day. We then moved on the learn about minibeasts, where they live and some minibeast life cycles. We looked at some artwork by Matise and it inspired us to create our own pieces in the style. We continued to embed our knowledge of numbers through developing our calculation skills in maths.
We have studied 'The Snail' by Henri Matisse. This is a collage picture that he created. We practised placing our collage pieces on our design before sticking them on our paper. Just like Henri Matisse!
Spring 2 2021
This half term our learning was based around Keeping Healthy and the celebrations of Pancake Day and Easter.
We learnt about where vegetables and fruits come from, the importance of a healthy diet, as well as found out some other ways to keep healthy. We looked at different occupations, where people help us to be healthy and safe too. We were chefs and followed instructions to make pancakes, fruit milkshakes and Easter cakes. We looked at some artwork by Vincent Van Gogh and then became artists as we created our own paintings. In maths, we learnt about the number 10 and explored addition and subtraction with this number, as well as doubling and sharing with different amounts to 10.
In Spring One, we learnt about wild animals and their habitats. We read the story 'Walking through the Jungle' and learnt the song. We also read 'Handa's Surprise' and followed instructions to make a fruit salad. We explored poems in the book Rumble in Jungle and used non-fiction texts and maps to explore different countries. We found out about life in Africa and explored drumming by playing the drums and then creating our own. We played the drum whilst singing a song in Swahili.
We finished the half term by finding out about China and the celebration of Chinese New Year. We created lanterns and a fact file. We sampled some Chinese food too.
In Mathematics, we mastered numbers 6 through to 9, learning about their place in the number system, and how they are made up of smaller numbers.
Who comes out at night?
We read lots of books about nocturnal woodland animals and their habitats - both fiction and non-fiction texts. We learnt through free choice and group activities - collaging owls, creating clay hedgehog sculptures, exploring Autumn by going on a walk around school and making patterns out of objects such as conkers, pine cones, leaves and sticks. We found out about different celebrations and special events - Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali and Christmas. We celebrated Diwali by sampling some Indian food, taking part in Indian dancing and learning about India. To finish the half term, we learnt about Christmas and the Nativity story.
This half term we learnt lots of traditional tales. These included Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Gruff Goats, Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man. We retold the stories and acted them out in our role play puppet theatre.
We made porridge following the recipe.
We learnt some nursery rhymes - Humpty Dumpty, 1, 2 Buckle my Shoe, Hey Diddle, Diddle, Goosey, Goosey, Goosey, London Bridge, Oats and Beans and Barley and The Gingerbread Man.
Our star author for this half term was Oliver Jeffers, we read one of his books each week. We enjoyed sharing lots of poems on National Poetry Day and creating our own shakes to use whilst saying the rhymes.
Each week we focused on a different character from a different story to teach us the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The books we use to demonstrate these are: Charlie and Lola, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Superworm, Percy the Park Keeper, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Smartest Giant in town, Elmer, Curious George and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These learning characters are displayed in our classrooms.
The lady from ZOOLab came to show us some exotic animals, she talked to us about the animals, their habitat and what they eat. It was very interesting. The lady even let us touch some of the animals she brought.
There was a Giant African Land Snail called Alan, a cockroach called Vine, a Chillan Rose Hour Tarantula called Tallulah, a Giant African Millipede called Gavin and an African Corn Snake called Lucious.
A visit from a librarian
A librarian came in to our class to talk to us about the local library. She told us we could borrow up to 24 books for free, once you have registered to have a library card.
A Puppet Workshop
We have had a really exciting week. We had a visit from a puppet story teller. We practised using different types of puppets and developed an understanding of how our hands needed to move in order to make the puppet talk. We acted out The Three Little Pigs, where the wolf nearly caught the pigs which made us all giggle! We also told the story of ‘Grandad’s Day Out’, where Grandad got bothered by a spider, a bat and a snake!