In the Autumn term, Owl class read many stories with familiar settings. We read Peace at Last, The Tiger that Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid. We also focused on the author Julia Donaldson and really enjoyed reading different stories by her including The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle and Room on the Broom. We practised using character voices when reading aloud to bring the stories alive. We used these stories to write recounts, character descriptions, letters, diary entries, instructions and potions.
In Maths, we practised counting in 2s and 10s and counting in ones, forwards and backwards from different starting numbers. We sung songs to help us remember our number bonds to 10 and related these to number bonds to 20 and related subtraction facts. We learnt how to use part-part-whole models to solve missing number problems. We used different 2D shapes to create animal pictures and learnt how to tell the time for o’clock and half past times. We really enjoyed maths week where we based our learning around the book Handa’s Surprise and we dressed up as characters from the story too.
In Science, we learnt about materials and their properties. We carried out a variety of experiments, where we tested different materials and thought about their best use. One of our favourite experiments was finding out the best material to make a crash mat for Humpty Dumpty. We pushed 4 hard-boiled eggs off of a wall onto different materials and observed which one caused the least amount of cracks. It was very exciting watching Humpty fall off of his wall!
We had lots of fun learning about Homes and Toys in our Creative Curriculum lessons. We visited Hall Place as part of our learning. There we gained first-hand experience of Victorian toys by playing with hoops, the whip and top, yoyos and many others. As well as learning about toys, we looked at Victorian homes and how they washed their clothes. We had lots of fun using the pink smelly soap, washboard and mangle to wash the smelly socks!
In the Spring term, we enjoyed reading traditional tales and stories with a dragon theme. This gave us the opportunity to complete lots of descriptive writing about the settings as well as the characters in the stories. At one stage a large, colourful dragon egg turned up in our classroom giving us the opportunity to predict what might be inside and when it hatched the next day, we wrote our own dragon stories describing the adventure the baby dragon might have had around the school. It was very exciting!
In Maths we have consolidated our knowledge of counting in twos, fives and tens by linking it to money and finding out how much money is in each purse. We used our knowledge of number bonds, addition and subtraction to solve problems including missing number problems and have used bar modelling to help us solve these problems. We know how to find a half and a quarter of a shape and again used bar modelling to help us find a half and a quarter of an amount.
One of the highlights of this term was Science Week. The topic for the week was minibeasts and we were very lucky to be visited by Andrew Smith who brought in lots of different minibeasts for us to learn about. We made bug hotels this week too, using natural materials we found in our outside environment and our investigation centred around a ‘snail race’ where we tested whether the size of a snail affects how far it will travel. We presented our results in tables and on graphs and had great fun observing the progress of the snails throughout the morning.
This term our topics were Transport and Castles. We enjoyed looking at maps and talking about the different ways to travel to different places, over land, sea and air, and comparing our experiences of different forms of travel with each other. We enjoyed labelling and learning about the different aspects of a castle and designing our own flags to hang outside a castle.
In the summer term, we enjoyed reading stories about ‘pirates’ and ‘under the sea’. These themes gave us the perfect opportunity to write our own stories, thinking about the setting, characters and the action that would take place. We wrote instructions to help the pirate find the missing treasure, pirate and deep sea diver diaries, letters in a bottle and we found out lots of new and interesting facts about pirates and under the sea creatures. We used this information to write riddles about different sea creatures and we particularly enjoyed writing our own acrostic poems about sea creatures too.
In maths we have been solving missing number problems and using arrays to help us multiply and divide. We have been applying our knowledge to one step problem solving involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division as well as problems involving money. We have enjoyed our learning about measurement this term. We used metre sticks to measure how far we could throw the javelin and recorded which throw was the longest and shortest. With the warm weather we was also able to go outside and use water to measure the capacity of different sized containers. In sports week we used stop watches to measure how long it took us to complete different activities including completing 10 star jumps and balancing on one leg!
This term our topic has been “Animals including humans.” We labelled the different parts of the body and described what they do. We learned that the brain is like the body’s computer because it tells us what to do! We discovered that animals can be sorted into six different groups - mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish and learned how to tell them apart because they have different characteristics. We talked about what animals eat and again we sorted them into carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. To complete our topic we went on a walk to Danson Park where we looked at the habitats of different animals and the plants that grow there. It was a lovely way to end the year!
We really enjoyed creative curriculum week. The theme was ‘Where in the world is Welling?’ and it gave us the opportunity to describe and compare the places around us in our local area and produce maps to show where key places are located. We loved creating our own wallpaper designs in the style of William Morris, a famous designer who lived and worked in the local area. We looked at the history of our school and Welling and how it has changed and even imagined what Danson Primary School might be like in the future! We thoroughly enjoyed London History Day when we learned about the British Olympic athlete Mo Farah and his amazing achievements on the track at 5000m and 10000m. We definitely have a few budding athletes in Owl class!