During the Autumn term, Robin class read a variety of stories. We enjoyed reading Peace at Last, The Tiger that Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid. We also looked at the author Julia Donaldson. We read different stories written by her including The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle and Room on the Broom, which we really enjoyed. We pretended to be different characters in the stories and thought about what they might say and they would feel. In our writing we used our knowledge of these stories to write 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 learned fun songs to help us recall our number bonds to 10. We also focused on how our number bonds to 10 can help with number bonds to 20 and with related subtraction facts. One new skill that we learned was using part-part-whole diagrams to help us in answering missing number problems. We created animal pictures using 2D shapes and learned how to tell the time for o’clock and half past times. We had great fun during maths week. We based our learning on the book Handa’s Surprise and we dressed up as characters from the story.
In Science, we have been learning about materials and their different properties. One of our favourite experiments was finding out the best waterproof material. We made a house out of Lego and used different materials for the roof. We recorded how much water we had to drop on to the roof before it went through. It was no surprise to find out the umbrella material was the best!
We learned about Homes and Toys in our Creative Curriculum lessons. As part of our learning in the autumn term we went on a trip to Hall Place. We had great fun playing with Victorian toys such as yo-yos, hoops, skittles and lots more. We also looked at Victorian homes and how they washed their clothes. We all had a turn at using the pink smelly soap, washboard and dolly to wash the dirty sheets!
During the Spring term, we engaged in reading traditional tales such as Red Riding Hood, and different stories with a dragon theme. Using these stories we completed different genres of descriptive writing. We wrote diary entries and wrote letters to various characters in the stories. One day a colourful dragon egg appeared in our classroom. We had great fun predicting where it came from. The following day the egg had hatched and we wrote a creative story describing the different parts of the school that the baby dragon visited. It was very exciting!
In Maths we have reinforced our knowledge of counting in twos, fives and tens. We looked at different coins and counted how much money is in each purse. We practiced using our number bonds to help us solve addition and subtraction equations, including missing number problems and we have also 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.
Our favourite part of this term was Science Week. Our theme for the week was minibeasts and we were enjoyed going to the bug workshop run by Andrew Smith who brought in lots of different minibeasts for us to learn about. We went for a walk outside to find different materials to make our own bug hotels. Our main investigation for the week focused on snails. We discussed if the size of the snail affects how fast it can travel. We had great fun monitoring their progress throughout the day! We presented our results in tables and on graphs.
This term our topics were Transport and Castles. We looked at maps and talked about what they are used for. We discussed different ways to travel to different places, over land, sea and air. We enjoyed labelling and learning about the different parts 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 topics allowed us to write our own stories, thinking about the setting, characters and the adventures that they would have. We wrote instructions to help the pirate find the missing treasure. We pretended to be pirates and deep sea divers and wrote diary entries. We discovered lots of new information about pirates and under the sea creatures. We used this information to write riddles about different sea creatures and we had great fun 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 using what we have learned to solve word problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division as well as problems involving money. We have engaged in practical activities to help us learn about measurement this term. During Creative Curriculum week we learned about Steve Backley, so we used metre sticks to measure out far we could throw the javelin and recorded which throw was the longest and shortest. With the warm weather we were 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, such as doing 10 star jumps and balancing on one leg!
This term our topic has been “Animals including humans.” We looked at the different parts of the body and what they do. We learned that the brain is like the body’s computer because it tells us what to do! We talked about the five senses and tested our sense of taste, smell, sight and touch. We had lots of fun! We discovered that animals can sorted into six different groups - mammals, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and fish. We learned how to tell them apart, e.g. a snake is a reptile because it has scales and it is cold-blooded. We talked about what animals eat and if it makes them a carnivore, an herbivore or an omnivore. We also labelled the body parts of different animals. To finish off 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 also looked at the history of our school and Welling and how it has changed. We even thought about what Danson Primary School might be like in the future! We learned about Steve Backley as he is a famous athlete from the area and we completed fact files about him. In Art we looked at patterns by William Morris and then we created our own. We had lots of fun coming up with different designs.