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Term 3

Welcome to Term 3!


This term our topic is.....Moon!
 

Week 6


So the last week of term is here! I think everyone is ready for the break!
We have had a really exciting start to the week and have got stuck in with some design and technology, where we have put our sawing skills to the test (supervised!) to make moon buggies. Later on in the week we will be carring out an investigation to test the effect that weight has on how far the buggies will travel down a ramp.  We have predicted what we think might happen, and are very excited to see what actually happens!

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With 'Safer Internet Day' being this week, we looked at how to keep safe when using the internet and enjoyed watching a video to help us understand this.  The children had some really great questions and thoughts.

We have also really enjoyed sharing our home learning with the class - there has been a great range of work that has come in, so thank you all very much.

We hope you all have a lovely half term break, see you for term 4! 


Week 5


So far this week we have learnt about 'the past' and what this actually means.  Ask the children if they can tell you something that has happened in their past.  Staying woth the notion of 'the past', we were very excited to watch a video of the first every landing on the moon, in 1969.  We also watched some news coverage from that time and discussed what clues there are that show us that this even happned a long time ago.  The children came up with some great suggestions.

In our maths learning we have been practising counting up and back down in 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's.  The counting back down is proving quite tricky and so we will practise this lots more!  We also looked at number patterns and finding the missing number in the pattern.  We challenged a partner to find the missing numbers in our own patterns that we made up too.  Try playing this game at home:  http://members.learningplanet.com/act/count/free.asp

In our literacy learning we have been very busy looking at non fiction texts and how they are different to fiction books.  Ask your child if they can name a feature of a non fiction text! The children produced some fantastic work and all completed their very own non fiction page layout on anything to do with space.  It was a tricky task, as they had to find the information first using non fiction books, encyclopaedias and the internet and then write their own notes based on the information they found. They then had to put this information onto a proforma, ensuring they had a title, sub-heading, picture, labels, caption and main text.  They all rose to the challenge and worked very hard. 

Next Week
 
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5
Session 6
Literacy
Features of information texts.
Literacy
Extracting information from a text.
Maths
Measuring and comparing weight
History
When did people first land on the moon?
History
What happened when man landed on the moon?
Explorer Dome
Exciting!!!

Week 4


This week we have been unipicking and changing the story of the Gruffalo's child. We tried retelling the story with alternative characters and settings, ending up with 'The Monkey's Child' set in a deep green jungle. Later in the week we rewrote a descriptive paragraph in which the Gruffalo's chil meets the 'Big Bad Mouse'. Although in our versions we had Big Bad Rabbits, Butterflies, Pumpkins and more.

 

 

The story gave us another oppotunity to learn about shadows and silhouettes. We created silhouette pictures infront of a moon background.

 

 

Our Maths focus this week has been on naming and describing 3D shapes. We imagined solar systems in which the planets, instead of being spheres, were cuboids, cylinders, pyramids or triangular prisms. Ask your child if they can tell you how many faces, edges and points (verticies) their planet had.

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We also practised our counting this week, grouping objects into 2s, 5s and 10s to count more accurately.
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In our RE learning we talked about our ideas of God. We decided we were special enough to have been created. We had some very interesting ideas. It has been a great week.

 

 

Finally, unfortunately our class rocket has fallen apart. Fortunately, Mrs King has lent us the dark tent from Reception class so our exploration of light and dark goes on.


Week 3

 

On Monday morning we had a problem to solve!  Elmer the elephant had lost all her colours due to all this rain we have been having!  To help her get her colours back we had to solve some tricky addition sums, but holding the largest number in our heads and counting on.  The children demonstrated some FANTASTIC maths learning and so needless to say, Elmer got her colours back! 

 

 

During P.E. we practised our climbing skills.  The children were very excited to be able to use the climbing frame in the hall, along with a variety of different climbing stations that were set up.

Tuesday was ' 'Gruffalo's Child' day.  We focused on getting to know the story really well, sequencing it and joining in with the language used. We tackled a variety of different 'Gruffalo's Child' related activities, from writing in speech bubbles to making split pin characters.  We had a lovely day and were even allowed as a treat to watch the DVD of the 'Gruffalo's Child' at the end of the day!

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As the week progressed we started thinking scientifically about light and asking questions such as 'What are day and night?', 'what is a shadow? and 'Does the moon shine?' We have experimented using various lights and models.
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In our maths learning we have been getting better at using directional language. We had to follow directions through the deep dark wood to follow the Gruffalo's child's path; find North, South, East and West; and give directions to a robot on the computers: www.controlyourrobot.com.
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The week culminated in the Bitton's Got Talent Semi-Final. We witnessed some amazing talent and the joy and heart-break of a knock-out talent competition. Well done to everyone who took part.


Week 2


This week so far, children have been remebering the story of 'A Grand Day Out' and have been carefully sequencing the story, drawing pictures and adding their own writing.  The children have also each designed a new character for Wallace and Gromit to meet on the moon, replacing the cooker!  They thought about what special functions/powers their character may have and labelled their drawings.  This then followed with the children actually making their characters out of fymo, which will be used later on in the week.  The maths learning was based around money, and the children purchasing their fymo from the 'shop' to make their new character!  We have been busy!!  Later in the week, the children will be writing their own story of 'A Grand Day Out' including the new character that they designed.    

 

Week 1


What an exciting start to the term we have had.  On Tuesday, our 'Big Bang' day involved a trip to the cinema (our school hall!!) watching Wallace and Gromit's 'A Grand Day Out' with popcorn!  This launched our topic very well.  The children then went on to take part in a variety of different activities.  These involved baking moon cheese biscuits (I hope they were enjoyed?!), painting the KS1 window which has now been transformed into a moon scape, along with making junk model rockets and beginning to turn our role play area into a rocket - what a busy day it was!
The week continues with learning about 3D shapes and making rockets out of the shapes, writing speech bubbles and making a space sound scape......watch this space!!
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