This week we have explored the book ‘Mama Panya’s Pancakes’ by Mary and Rich Chamberlin. It is a story written about a boy, Adika, who lives in a village in Kenya. The book explores his trip to the market with his mum to buy food to make pancakes.
Here is a link if you would like to hear the story with your child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hWv4PfcBPQ
We have spent time broadening our background knowledge by looking at different foods, exploring new language and comparing markets with our supermarkets. This helped us have a better understanding of the context the book has been written in before we read it together. After we read the book, we sequenced some photos to check our understanding of the order of events. We followed this by writing descriptions of what it was like for Adika in the market place of his village.
In Guided Reading we have been working on retrieving information from texts. We started by looking at a non-fiction piece on games played around the world. We followed this by looking at a poem, then finally we looked at a fiction piece of writing.
In Maths we are looking at 2D shapes. We have explored regular and irregular shapes, we have looked at how to draw them and how to make them. We have had lots of fun making and talking about the different shapes we have made and their properties. We have talked about the shapes, sides, vertersies and vertical lines of symmetry.
In Geography we continued to look at Kenya by recording facts about the country. We looked at the key human features of the country, for example, the population, the capital city, the religion and the language that they speak.
In Phonics we have looked at the ‘kn’ spelling for the /n/ sound and the ‘wr’ spelling for the /r/ sound.
In Gymnastics we learnt how to do a forward roll. Some of us found this tricky but we showed determination and had a go. We were able to persevere to be able to perfect our rolls.