We began our new unit this week for English. We read part of a story together but could not see any illustrations or the title of the book. It led us to research, using the clues we had, what sort of animal ‘had feathers’ and ‘flew north’. We worked together looking at books, information pages and using Kiddle online to narrow down our ideas. Some of us thought the book was describing a parrot, others an eagle or robin. Some of the children guessed correctly - a hummingbird! On Wednesday we got to hear the full story and talked about why the author chose to write about a hummingbird.
In phonics we have been learning new letter groups of -ier and ear. These letter groups make the ‘ear’ sound as in cashier and ‘er’ sound as in ‘earth’. We have been writing sentences in our phonics book to support our learning of these new letter groups.
We have begun our art unit on portraits to help us prepare for our art exhibition we will be sharing with you. The children were using mirrors and a step by step guide to help them to draw their facial features in the correct place on their face. We also looked at the artists Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse.
As part of our Science, PSHE and safeguarding curriculum, we taught the children the scientific names for their genitals during Jigsaw this week.
In Maths we have continued our unit on place value to 100. This week we have been using the more than and less than symbols to support the children’s understanding of comparing numbers.
In History the children have been learning about Queen Elizabeth I. We studied a portrait of her and talked about who she might be. The children noticed that she had her hand placed on a globe and we talked about why this might be significant. The children spent some time researching who she was and more about her life.