In the Autumn term, Sparrow class enjoyed reading stories with familiar settings including Peace at Last, The Tiger that Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid. In Autumn 2 we read stories by the author Julia Donaldson including The Gruffalo, Monkey Puzzle and Room on the Broom. 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 chanted our number bonds to 10 and related these to number bonds to 20 and related subtraction facts. We used the part-part-whole model to solve missing number problems and used different 2D and 3D shapes to create pictures and models. We loved maths where we based our learning around the story of Handa’s Surprise and ended the week by dressing up as different characters from the story.
Our science topic this term was materials and their properties. We carried out a variety of experiments testing different materials and how they can be best used. Our favourite experiment was finding out the best material to make a crash mat for Humpty Dumpty. We used hard-boiled eggs and dropped them off of a ‘wall’ onto different materials to see which material protected the egg better.
This term we learned about Homes and Toys. As part of our learning we visited Hall Place where 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 learned about Victorian homes and how they washed their clothes. We had lots of fun washing the smelly socks with the pink, smelly soap, washboard and mangle!
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.