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Owl Class

RTP 2846

 

Autumn

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English

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.

Maths

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.

Science

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!

Creative Curriculum

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!

 

Spring

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English

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!

Maths

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.

Science

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.

Creative Curriculum

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.​