Our Learning - Spring 1
Spring 1 - Week 5
This week in Whale Class, we have continued to learn about multiplication and division. We have been using arrays to write multiplication sentences and using a range of method to answer multiplication questions. We have learnt that the first number in a multiplication is the number of groups, 'x' means groups of/lots of and the second number in a multiplication sentence is how many are in each group. We have started to learn about division too, we have practised answering division by grouping and sharing.
In History, we learnt about what William the Conqueror did after he became King of England. We learnt that he changed the way we built castles and he built lots of them around the country, he changed the English language and even introduced the game of conkers!
Spring 1 - Week 4
This week in Whale Class, we have started our new maths learning. The children have started to learn about multiplication and division. We have begun by looking at equal groups. We have been recognising equal groups, making equal groups and adding equal groups.
In English, we have started to read the story Stardust by Jeanne Willis. The children have learnt about apostrophes for possession and using the 'er' and 'est' suffixes. They quickly became experts at spotting and applying the spelling rules.
In Art, the children created stained glass windows. They recreated their maps from their previous lesson using coloured cellophane, tissue paper and a plastic wallet.
Spring 1 - Week 3
This week, Whale Class went on a local walk around Sunbury. We were looking out for the human and physical features within our local area. We visited The Meadow, Walled Garden and walked along The Avenue. The children had a fantastic discussion about whether the Walled Garden was a human or physical feature. After our walk, we created a fact-file guide to Sunbury.
The children learnt about the celebration of Chinese New Year. We found out why and how families celebrate the new year. We created our own red envelopes with messages inside about what we had learnt about the celebration.
We have come to the end of our learning on money. The children learnt to find the total of two items, using their addition skills and learnt to find change, by using subtraction.
In History, the children have started to learn about the Battle of Hastings. We learnt that after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Harold Godwinson marched all the way back to London and heard on the way that William the Norman had sailed to England with his army. Harold Godwinson and his army then marched to Hastings where they met William and his army on Senlac Hill. We will be finding out what happened next, next week!
In RE, we have been learning about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. We listened to the story of The Prophet and the Ant, and The Crying Camel. The children discussed what Muslims learn from the story and the message. Harris shared a prayer with the class too, the children were very impressed! Well done, Harris.
Have a lovely weekend, we look forward to another great week. :)
Spring 1 - Week 2
This week in Whale Class, we have continued to learn about money in Maths. We have enjoyed using coins to help us find different ways to make the same amount. We also used the coins to see what £1 is made up of, we used each of the pence coins to make 100p.
In English, we have started to write our own 'If I were in charge of the world' poems, the children have come up with some fantastic ideas including: robot teachers, chocolate tables and having horse riding lessons all day everyday!
In Art, we looked at a range of maps to use as a stimulus for drawing. The children sorted different maps into old and new, useful and art, real and imaginary. The children used a range of mediums to create their own maps of their journey to school. The children were able to decide whether they wanted their maps to be real or imaginary, or a mix of both. They produced some fantastic pieces!
In Music, we are continuing to play the recorder. We can all play a B note, we will be moving on to looking at pitch and tempo next week.
Spring 1 - Week 1
What an amazing week we have had back at school! The children have settled back into school quickly, remembering old routines and picking up some new changes too!
This week we started learning about our new topic 'Where in the world would I take Beegu?'. We were shown some very exciting photographs of a spaceship that crash landed in out nature garden over the holidays.
In history, we will be learning about the history of our school names! So far the children have learnt about Edward the Confessor who's death started The Battle of Hastings in 1066 as he had no direct heir to the throne! The children also learnt about some of the contenders to the throne such as Harold Godwinson, William the Norman and Harald Hardrada, they decided who they thought should have become the King of England in 1066.
On Wednesday we also had a very special visitor who taught us all about fire safety. Alan the firefighter taught us to 'get out, stay out and call 999' if we ever find ourselves in a building that is on fire.
In reading, the children have been looking at the book Beegu. It is a story of a small, yellow creature who lands on planet Earth but some of the adults are not very welcoming towards her. The children have shown some fantastic VIPERS skills such as predicting and sequencing. We have also started our new English unit which is called 'If I were in charge'. We will be working towards writing our own poems about what we would do if we were in charge.
We look forward to welcoming you back next week! Have a lovely weekend!