Autumn Term - 2018/19
We have had an amazing time in the Autumn Term learning about the Arctic and Antarctic and linking our English lessons to this topic. We created our own reports, diary entries, detailed prediction and stories. We learned how to make our writing more exciting by including more interesting synonyms, expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, exclamations and questions. We enjoyed reading the books Miki by Stephen Mackey and Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Some of our writing was based on these books. We wrote a new beginning for Lost and Found and we changed the ending of Miki. Throughout the term we also focussed on important basic skills like using our punctuation marks correctly and practising our spelling and handwriting. We have also started to learn how to meaningfully edit our pieces of writing to make them better.
In maths our first job was to ensure that we strengthen our basic understanding of numbers. We did this by identifying the tens and ones in numbers. We also practised partitioning numbers in different ways. For example: 45 = 40 + 5 and 45 = 30 + 15. We used straws, blocks and other objects to represent different numbers. We also ordered numbers according to size and practised counting in 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s. We used the empty number line and partitioning methods to add and subtract numbers and we are getting really confident with this! Other topics that we studied include: making different amounts of money, making an amount using the least number of coins, finding change, understanding multiplication as repeated addition, using groups and arrays to represent multiplication and finding the missing number in equations. For example: ? + 17 = 36, ? - 23 = 28 and 45 - ? = 28. During Maths Week we had lots of fun using the bar model and part-whole model to help us develop a better understanding of different problems.
In Creative Curriculum we explored the North and South Pole. It was fun doing map work on the location of the Arctic and Antarctic and creating graphs based on the weather patterns there. We also looked at some courageous explorers who went on dangerous expeditions to discover more about these bitterly cold areas. It was very inspiring learning about the life of the British explorer Captain Robert Scott and his determination to be the first to get to the South Pole. We wrote a newspaper article about Scott’s race against the Norwegian Roald Amundsen to the Antarctic. We also learned interesting facts about the Inuits: how they travel around, what they eat, their homes and how they survive in the freezing conditions. We also discovered that there is a huge number of animals living in the Polar Regions. We created our very own sleds from lolly sticks, making sure that we mimicked the features of real sleds. In addition we created silhouettes of Arctic animals; snowflakes to display in our classroom and Arctic scenes using chalk, oil pastel and paint.
In the first part of the term, we learned about materials such as plastic, wood, rubber and metal and sorted them according to their properties. We also discussed the suitability of materials for different objects. For example: rubber is suitable for the heel of our shoes because it is waterproof and flexible. In the second half of the term we used magnifying glass to look closely at different types of seeds and compared them. We also learned about different parts of plants and what they require to grow healthily. We investigated the needs of plants by placing them in different areas of the classroom and checking what happened to them. We measured the plants as they grew and recorded these measurements in tables. We also represented our results on graphs. Based on our findings, we concluded that plants need the right temperature, light, nutrients and water to grow healthily. We were truly amazed when we found out that plants do not need soil to grow! Another investigation that we did was ‘growing red kidney beans in just water’. Growing plants in water only is called hydroponics. We found out that hydroponics may be extremely useful in some areas like the desert and the Polar Regions where the soil is not very good for growing food.