3rd - 6th January 2023

Highlights of the week:

● This week has been a great start to the Spring Term! We had an amazing time at the Sea City Museum. The day was filled with lots of learning which was a fantastic way to start this inquiry question ‘Are we all equal?’ We participated in a discovery session around the museum where we learnt facts and heard stories about survivors from the ship. In our workshop we participated in four activities. The first was exploring the lifeboats and how they prioritised placing people on them. The second one was looking at artefacts from the Titanic, including binoculars. The third was exploring different parts of the ship by smell. The final one was a science experiment where we filled up different compartments of the model ship to see why it sank so quickly.


In the afternoon we were able to tour the museum on our own. This gave us time to explore the interactive parts of the exhibit. We attempted to steer the ship, send morse code and dress up in Victorian clothes. We learnt so much, I’m sure our minds were all overwhelmed with knowledge. Over the next six weeks we will revisit and build upon this knowledge. I wonder if your child can remember how many lifeboats were on the Titanic?

● In English we started the week by reading Samson’s Titanic Journey By Lauren Graham. We have explored expanded noun phrases, verbs and adverbs. We have described the Titanic, the first-class cabins, the grand staircase and the first-class passengers. Today we wrote up a diary entry recounting our trip to the Sea City Museum. Writing about our trip helped us use time connectives and feelings in an easier way.

● In Maths, we have started our unit on money. We have had a practical week using, counting and recognising money. When we are teaching about money we want the children to use it as much as possible as we know a lot of us use cards or phones to pay for things.

● This week in Phonics we looked at the /kn/ spelling for the n sound.

● In Guided Reading we have started reading ‘Kasper Prince of Cats a Titanic Adventure.’ By Michel Morpurgo. This book is a fantastic read and the children are already hooked! We practised the skill of predicting and inference.

Home learning:

● 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 can reading records stay in your child's book bag.
● Phonics folders are sent home on a Friday, please could these be returned at the start of the next week.
● Please support your child to access Numbots online. It is recommended that children play Numbots for 10 minutes a day for maximum impact.
● Spellings are sent home on Monday’s for the text on Friday. Please can you practice these with your child throughout the week.