We have been very busy already this 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 'Lost and Found', looking at the setting, the characters and the story detail. We have also learnt how to write notes to take down information and then we used these notes to create a report about penguins. We remembered to include the key features such as captions, labels, a 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 learning about the 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 place value knowledge 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 answer multiplication and division equations.
We began the year looking at plants, this term we have investigated 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. Nightingale Class have also had lots of fun learning about 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.
Our Creative Curriculum topic this term is the Arctic and the Antarctic. We began by investigating the animals that live in the Polar Regions and made silhouettes out of them using black card and white paper. We have had a great fun learning about the two cold Polar Regions, especially when we practiced our cutting skills by creating snowflakes to decorate our classroom. 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 by only five week! We have also created art work of the Antarctic using different media such as chalks, oil pastels, crayons and pencils.