This term we have reinforced the concept of place value and partitioned numbers to add and subtract hundreds, tens and ones. As well as this, we have re-visited the concept of greater than and less than, been challenged to find missing numbers in addition and subtraction equations and been provided with lots of opportunity to use and apply our new learning and reason about maths. We have continued to work weekly on concepts related to money, mental arithmetic and time. Tables have been a big focus throughout the term and we are learning to recall table facts quickly and effectively. During the term we have thoroughly enjoyed using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods.
In English we have been reading the Wind in the Willows and the children have particularly enjoyed the humorous elements of this story. Using our knowledge of the main characters we were able to write detailed character descriptions using precise adjectives and adverbs, explore dialogue through drama, and write letters to establish a viewpoint and make predictions. Our work has provided us with opportunities to write in the first person, use a range of conjunctions and prepositions and begin to use a comma to mark a clause. Later, we wrote diary entries based on the adventures of Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit and after that, created detailed descriptions of a specific setting that enabled us to use and apply all of our learning.
Our two science topics this term have been plants and forces. In particular we strengthened our understanding of fair tests by setting up different practical investigations. We were able to record and present our findings in different ways and draw simple conclusions from them. We further developed our understanding of scientific vocabulary, learned the functions of the roots and leaves and observed what plants need to grow healthy. Later, we carried out practical activities to observe how objects behave on different surfaces, explored magnets and magnetic materials and grouped different materials according to whether they were magnetic or not.
As part of our work on Mountains and Rivers, we looked at different maps of the UK and British Isles. In doing so, we located different mountain ranges and specific mountains within them. Following this, we did a detailed study of the features of a mountain and reasoned about the things that would make it difficult to climb a mountain. Rivers was our next focus and we looked closely at the different features of a river. We also explored aspects of the water cycle and made connections between our new learning and what we knew about rivers.