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What would you tell Mumble about the UK?

The UK is a wonderful country in our world. Imagine for one minute, if you can, that Mumble, a brave, curious and friendly dancing penguin travelled to the UK for his world tour.  What would you show him? Where would you take him? Where would you start? How would you explain our country? What would a penguin write in letters back home to friends and family?

 

Mumble loves to travel! We will explore how we use transport to travel across our country. We will learn about the earliest forms of transport to the present day. We will learn how early engineering has influenced Britain and impacted how we live today. 

 

As we progress on this learning journey, they will discover the joys and challenges of being a tour guide for Mumble and his ‘happy feet!’

Week 1

 

In English we have been learning about noun phrases. We went on a scavenger hunt and worked as a team to find natural objects (treasure)  in our playground. We then wrote noun phrases (using our phonic knowledge) about the treasure that we found in the playground. We the displayed our findings on a discovery table in the classroom and labelled our exciting finds. Lots of groups found amazing pieces of ice ... we soon discovered that ice was best left outside because it melts back into water when it gets hot. 

 

In Maths we have been practising our addition skills. We have been learning about number bonds to 20 and we have been looking at how we can put our numbers in any order and we will still find the same answer!

 

In Science we learned about night and day. We learned about how the Earth spins o it's axis and that the sun and the moon give us night time and day time. We have also been learning about hibernation and which animals might hibernate.

 

In geography, we looked at a map of the world. We looked at the 7 continents and which continent the UK was apart of. We looked at a map of the UK and the 4 countries within it - Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

 

 

Week 2

 

In English we have started our 'Talk 4 Writing' over the next few weeks will will be learning about wishing stories!  We had a special message from Mumble himself! His wish was to travel to the UK! We discuss what a wish was and wrote our wishes on stars and hung them around the classroom, hopefully they will come true! We mapped our wishing story 'Mummy, can I have a penguin?' We ended the week by using drama to act out the story in small groups.  

 

In Maths we have continued to practise our addition and subtraction skills. We have been subtracting a one digit number from a two digit number. We have then applied those skills to reason and problem solving questions. 

 

In Science we looked at the seasons and what type of weather is associated with each season. We drew and labelled pictures to represent the different seasons.  We also used our artistic skills and worked together as a class to create art for our learning journey display in the corridor of the school.

 

In geography, we continued to look at a map of the UK.  We learned about the 4 capitals cities of the UK. We identified each countries flag. 

 

In History, we were presented with  picture of a man but we didn't know who this man was - we were curious. We used a question matrix to write questions we wanted to find out about him. Who are you? What's your name? Why are you wearing those clothes and a top hat? When were you born? How would you get to work/school? We watched a film about him, we discovered his name was 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel'. He was an engineer and born in 1806 (a long time ago!) and built 'The Great Western Railway' - the first passenger train from London to Bristol!