We have been very busy already this half term, beginning the year with our topic of Arctic and Antarctic. We have read a book called Miki, and were able to predict what would happen in the story and write in first person as a character. We have planned our own story based on Miki, looking at the setting, the Arctic characters and the story detail. We have also learned how to write notes to take down information and then we used these notes to create reports. We remembered to include the key features such as labels, heading, photographs and sub headings. We learnt about the features of a diary and were even able to write a diary as Captain Robert Scott, a famous British Explorer.
We began this year by investigating tens and ones in a number by partitioning and looking to see what the number is made up of! This has been excellent for helping to make sure our understanding is secure! We have also been learning about money and have investigated the coins that we use to pay and looked at how we can make different amounts using the least possible coins. We have been learning to use a number line to add and subtract two digit numbers, we are so confident now that we can even bridge our tens! We also learnt about inverse operations and found out how to check our answers from addition number sentences using a subtraction number sentence, we worked really hard on this one! We have also had great fun beginning to use arrays to find half and quarter of a number.
Nightingale have had lots of fun beginning the year focusing on materials! We have looked at different materials such as wood, clay, metal, plastic and paper and were able to sort them by their properties. We have also thought about why they are used for certain objects and decided wood is the best material for a shed because it is strong and waterproof. We then moved on to looking at plants, this term we have investigate the parts of the plants and also compared a range of seeds, observing closely what they look like and feel like! We had a go at planting ourselves and decided where the optimum condition for a seed to grow would be.
Our Creative topic this term is the Arctic and the Antarctic and we have had a great fun this half term learning about the two cold Polar Regions. We have practiced our cutting skills by creating snowflakes to decorate our classroom. We have also investigated the animals that live in the Polar Regions and made silhouettes out of them using black card and white paper. We then moved on to learn about the race to the South Pole. We found out about Robert Scott, a British explorer who had wanted to be the first man there but he who was sadly was beaten by a Norwegian man called Roald Amundsen. We have also created art work of the Antarctic using different media such as chalks, oil pastels, crayons and pencils.