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Our Learning - Autumn 1

Autumn 1 - Week 6 

 

This week, the children have enjoyed lots of engaging learning! 

In Geography, we used our knowledge of the continents and the world to describe and compare the features of Pangaea. The children discovered that when dinosaurs roamed Earth, the continents were not split and separate like they are now! They were all connected to form a supercontinent. Whale Class were absolutely blown away by the fact that the continents continue to move at around the same speed as which our fingernails grow!

In Science, we have been investigating carnivore and herbivore teeth. The children found two dinosaur teeth in the nature garden! We discussed what animals they may have come from, and looked at the shape and size of the teeth to work out what the animals ate. We used forks to represent carnivore teeth and spoons to represent herbivore teeth, the children used the equipment to 'eat' meat (cotton wool) and leaves. We discovered that herbivores flat and blunt teeth are great for grinding and mushing up plants, and carnivores sharp teeth are made for ripping and shredding meat. This lead on to a great discussion about our own teeth and how we have some sharp and lots of flat teeth! 

 

We are all really looking forward to our full day dinosaur workshop next Thursday! 

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 5

This week in Whale Class, we have had an incredibly exciting week with lots of engaging learning! 

We started our week by having a closer look at Mary Anning's life. We learned all about her incredibly eventful life and ordered these events on a timeline. The children were excited to hear that there is a museum dedicated to Mary Anning and her findings, in the Lyme Regis - where she lived! The children wrote to the council to explain why this museum was so important and should be saved. 

In Science, we continued our learning about food chains and used this to think about what dinosaurs ate. We had a very special delivery of some dinosaur poo! The children used their learning from Year 1 of carnivores and herbivores to investigate who each poo belonged to. The children were also introduced to the phrase 'omnivore'. Whale Class investigated each poo carefully, looking for clues to decide the size of the dinosaur, it's diet and what dinosaur they thought it could be. 

In Geography, we have started to learn about the seven continents. We used atlases to name and locate the continents. We then created balloon globes in partners. The children used the atlas to help them place the continents in the correct position. 

 

We have had a really wonderful week of learning and we look forward to doing it all again next week! 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Autumn 1 - Week 4 

What a week it has been! 

 

This week, Whale Class started off comparing objects and numbers in Maths using the ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols. We have continued some excellent writing in English using lots of adjectives and time adverbials based on the book The Crows Tale. 

 

Due to the very unfortunate event of a tree falling at Beauclerc, it meant that the children spent a day at Chennestone. We were all so impressed by how the children adapted quickly and they were fantastic role models for the younger year groups, helping many of the Year Ones and Receptions to feel at ease. Whilst we were at Chennestone, we continued our learning and looked into food chains in science! The children went outside to search for insects, animals and plants. They then recorded their findings though sketches and used the living things they spotted to create food chains.

 

In History, the children started to learn about Mary Anning and her amazing life. The children discovered that she was a palaeontologist who found the first ever fossil of an Ichthyosaur. The children compared the past to the present to think about what life was like for Mary Anning. 

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Autumn 1 - Week 3 

Whale class have had another great week of getting stuck into our Year 2 learning journey! 

In History, we found out all about the Mesozoic Era! We now know that this is the name for the period of time that the dinosaurs were alive until they become extinct. The children discovered that the Mesozoic Era was split into three periods; the Triassic Period, Jurassic Period and the Cretaceous Period. The children used their learning abour the periods to create timelines, featuring the dinosaurs that roamed the earth during that period and what Earth looked like then. 

In Science, we continued our learning on living things and their habitats. The children sorted living things, things that once lived and things that were never alive. We had some amazing conversations and discussions, especially about whether a wooden chair was once alive or has never been alive. Whale class then found out what makes something a living thing. 

We are thoroughly enjoying our dinosaur topic and are looking forward to another great week!

Autumn 1 - Week 2 

 

We have had another fantastic week with Whale Class! They have continued to do a great job of settling into the class routines quickly. 

The children have enjoyed working with a range of resources during maths, to support their learning on place value. We have used base 10, string beads, tens and ones counters and place value charts. The children have been introduced to partitioning numbers into different combinations of tens and ones - for example 34 is 3 tens and 4 ones, 2 tens and 14 ones or 1 ten and 24 ones. We will continue to work on this next week. 

In English, we created missing posters for Big Bird. We gathered adjectives to describe Big Bird, then use these to write sentences about him. 

In PE, we have been playing invasion games and learning about nutrition. We discussed what a balanced diet meant and thought about what foods groups we should consume the most of. 

 

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to welcoming Whale Class back on Tuesday!

Autumn 1 - Week 1 

 

What a excellent start to our time in Whale Class! We have loved having the children back to school and it seems the children have loved being back too, even if they were very tired by the end of the week!

Whale Class have been busy finding out about their new topic: Would a dinosaur make a good pet? The children found about the dinosaur egg that was discovered at our school, Mrs Mulhall has decided she wants to keep it as a pet! The children also got to see CCTV footage of an enormous, 2 legged, green visitor we had over the summer holidays. 

 

In English, we have watched the video For the Birds. We have linked the video into class discussions about anti-bullying and being a kind friend. The children wrote a letter to the little birds, as Big Bird, sharing how his feelings were hurt and gave them suggestions about what they should have done instead. 

 

We are looking forward to another exciting week next week!

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