31st January - 4th February

This week we celebrated National Hedgehog Day!

We had a lovely day learning about hedgehogs and how we can help them in our environment around school. We made our own hedgehog sculptures, salt dough models and poems. We enjoyed working with all the teachers in school on our different tasks. We came back at the end of the day to reflect on what we learnt and record our knowledge as mindmaps. I wonder what your child’s favorite fact about hedgehogs is? 

In English we have been continuing to look at the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs. We have focused on exploring key skills and knowledge and finding it in the text. We have been practising editing work and using resources in the classroom to help us do this.

In Maths we have started a new unit on statistics. We started by exploring tallys and using them to help us to record data neatly. We then used these tallies to present our data as pictograms. We gathered our own data on ‘what is your favourite colour?’ by asking each other in the class. We then recorded this data as a tally and transferred it into a pictogram. Next, we came up with our own questions which we were curious to find out. Then we looked at pictograms where the picture represented 2, 5 or 10 items. This was displayed by the key.

In Science we returned to our longitudinal study on plants. We started by reviewing the experiment and discussing why the peas didn’t grow. We then wrote up our conclusions and set up our second experiment. We explored the life-cycle of a seed. This linked well to our previous unit of animals as we have just researched the life cycle of animals. We talked about the key parts of the life cycle of a seed and the important growth of the roots so the seed can get nutrients from the soil. We have learnt about pollination, germination and seed dispersal during a seeds life.

We had a history afternoon on Friday! We all received a ticket at the end of lunchtime for the Titanic. We had either first class, second class or third class. We then experienced the afternoon as if we were these passengers. In assembly the first class passengers got to sit on chairs, the third class children got to sit on a bench and the third class on the floor. This started lots of interesting discussions about people being treated equally and how it felt.

In PE this week we explored more movement in dance. We made sequences of moves which we felt best described being a ball. This encouraged us to think about space, how we use transition from a move to another, how we work together and how we perform our work.

In Phonics this week we have been focusing on alternative spellings for the /or/ sound. We have looked at the spelling ‘oor’ through a short story called ‘Poor but Rich’ and the ‘ore’ sound in a story called ‘’.

Home learning:

  • This week your child has an odd and even number sheet where numbers need to be categorised, following that they can add some of their own numbers to the sheet.
  • Please complete the phonics worksheet on the ‘al’ and ‘ore’ spelling.
  • Please make sure you are reading with your child at least four times a week and commenting on their reading in their reading record book.
  • Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is beneficial for supporting your child’s fluency in maths.