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15th October 2021

This week in English we have focussed on writing instructions.  We have written our own instructions about how to was a woolly mammoth and have worked really hard to use interesting imperative verbs and numbered steps.  The children will be using their handwriting sessions to write this into neat and this will then be on display in school.

In Maths we have continued with adding and subtracting.  We have looked at adding two lots of 2-digit numbers together and have had to use exchanging when we have 10 or more ones, or 10 or more tens.  This has been a little tricky for some but we have used equipment and pictures to help us when we need to.  We have also begun looking at the column method for adding and subtracting to extend ourselves.

We have made amazing strides in our Djembe drumming this week!  We are all extremely proud of ourselves as we have managed to play in two different parts!  Our drumming is sounding rhythmic and like a professional Djembe band - well done to all!

In science we started learning about a famous fossil hunter called Mary Anning.  We did some research about her in iPads and found out about one of her amazing discoveries and how she sold it for only £28.  This was enough money though, to keep her and her mother living in comfort for the rest of their lives.  Next week we will be making a fact sheet about Mary Anning, using the information we have found this week.

8th October 2021

We have been reading 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' this week.  We have looked at imperative verbs and have washed a dinosaur toy to help us think about how best to use the imperative verbs in a sentence.  We have completed some fantastic independent writing to retell the story.  The children have all worked incredibly hard on their writing and are making good progress on it.

In maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction and have been going over the 10s barrier and the 100s barrier.  This means that the addition or subtraction has crossed over to the next (or previous) 10 and we have had to use exchanging to complete the problems.  We have used number lines, place value counters and base-10 resources to help us with this,

In science this week we discovered how fossils are made.  We used Plasticine and shells to make our own fossil impressions and then became archaeologists ourselves!  We had to use a cocktail stick to carefully remove a chocolate chip from a cookie!  it was harder than some of us thought it would be too.

                                      

1st October 2021

This week on English we have continued our work if Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.  We have retold this story on Seesaw and have used it to help plan and write our own stories based in the Stone Age.  I have been really impressed with the ideas that the children have had and they have all worked incredibly hard to write their stories.  We will try to use our handwriting sessions to write these in neat during the next week.

In maths this week we have moved on to addition.  We have been revising some of the work we completed in Year 2 and have added 1-digit numbers to 2-digit and 3-digit numbers and have started crossing ten.  We have tried to use our knowledge of number bonds to ten to help us with these.  

In our Science lesson this week we have made rocks!  We used different types of chocolate to create and show the different layers that are present in different types of rocks.  We made sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, and watched a demonstration of an igneous rock.  We used grated chocolate in our experiment and we were able to take them home to taste them.

In our Topic lesson we have learned about a Stone Age settlement called Skara Brae.  This is found in the Orkney Isles in Scotland and is incredibly well-preserved.  The children all managed to find this on a map of the UK and labelled the four countries that make up the UK.

Finally, we have learned some new playground games in PE.  This will give us more games that we can play together during playtime and lunchtime.  We will continue to think of different games we can play and are looking forward to hearing suggestions from the children too.

24th September 2021

We have started working on a new story this week in English: Stone Age Boy.  This story is about a boy who wakes up in the Stone Age.  He meets a girl who helps him and takes him back to her settlement.  He doesn't understand what the Stone Age people are saying, but he is able to use other ways of communicating with them.  He learns lots of their different skills while he is there.  When he eventually wakes up back in the Modern Age, his family say he has only been gone a few hours, and he must have dreamt it... or has he?  We have enjoyed exploring this story; we have used it to make some fantastic sentences this week, exploring the use of adjectives, using a thesaurus, and writing sentences with adverbial phrases in them.  Next week we will develop our own stories of a Stone Age character.

In maths this week we have been comparing and ordering numbers.  We have looked at the meanings of the < and > symbols (less than, greater than) and trying to use these in our calculations to compare numbers.  On Thursday we even managed to count to 1000 in steps of 50!  We looked at how counting in 50s related to counting in 5s to help us with this.

On Friday we have enjoyed an Olympic themed dance workshop.  We have chosen Africa as our continent and have completed a whole day of Africa-themed activities - it has been great fun.  Keep an eye out for the photographs of our day which will soon be making an appearance on the 'Photo' section of our class page.

17th September 2021

We have continued with our fantastic learning this week and have even enjoyed a tennis training session from Premier Sports.  The children really enjoyed learning and developing new skills, and we will now be able to put these into our PE tennis lessons!

In English this week we have continued our learning about Ug.  We have thought about all the fantastic inventions that Ug would like to make but can't quite get right.  We have written Ug a letter to offer him some help and ideas of our own about how he can help improve life in the Stone Age.  We have then invented something for him to make his life easier - these have been incredible and have included new trousers, houses, a TV, games and even a way of collecting water from the stream without having to walk down to it!  We have also written some instructions about how to use these amazing inventions. 

In maths this week we have been continuing our focus on number and place value.  We have been looking at numbers up to 1000 and used various methods to represent and understand the hundreds, tens and ones that make up these numbers.  We have also used number lines to locate these numbers, and blank number lines to reason where numbers would be, which we found tricky.

We have started our science topic of Rocks, Soils and Fossils this week by using our observational skills to look carefully at different types of rocks.  Already we have found lots of ways that different rocks are similar or different and have used some great vocabulary to describe these.  We created some careful observational drawings os our rocks and added labels to show the features and properties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th September 2021

This week has been our first full week in school, and we have started lots of new topics.  I am incredibly proud of how well the children have settled in to the new class and how quickly they have got used to the new routines in school.  Please can the children have their reading record books in school on Monday so that these can be checked.  It is incredibly important that the children are heard reading at home as often as possible, and we ask for this to be a minimum of three days a week using their school reading book.  Other days can include books you have at home.

In English this week we have been using the story of 'Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age'.  We have enjoyed looking at the differences between Ug's lifestyle and ours and have used the comic-style of this story to write speech, first using speech bubbles and then introducing how to use speech marks.  It has been difficult for some of us to remember to use capital letters and full stops in our writing this week after such a long break over the summer.  Please keep reinforcing these essentials when doing any writing at home.

In Maths this week we have been revisiting place value and numbers up to 1000.  We have used different methods to show numbers up to 1000 using practical equipment and diagrams.  We have begun to use these to add numbers together.

We have begun our topic work of The Stone Age this week.  We have looked at where the Stone Age happened and the different periods within this.  We have also started to look at Stone Age art when trying to make our own paint!

We have also started Djembe drumming this week.  This has been great fun.  This week we learned how to sit correctly and hold the drums and how to make two different tones on the drums.  We worked well together to hold a steady beat and even managed to do this with a steady rhythm using the different tones!  I am looking forward to seeing this progress throughout the term.