As part of our ‘All About Animals’ work Blue Group have been writing their own non-fiction books.
The children chose an animal they would like to research, wrote questions about the animals and then used iPads to do their research.
They then created a contents, glossary and index and transferred their animal information into their booklets.
The last thing they did was design their front cover with a book title and a picture.
We started Spring term designing our own dragons, using our imaginations and writing descriptions using adventurous vocabulary.
|Our Amazing Dragons|
|Dragon Descriptive Poetry|
During e-safety week, we investigated emails and wrote our own emails to ‘Uncle Morton’ about his dragon who had come to stay for a while. We used questions, commands and statements, and also sent and received emails from Maples class!
In mathematics we have been learning about gathering information and presenting it in different graphs and charts. We have used tally charts, pictograms and bar charts, and have also been learning more about shapes and their properties, as well as symmetry. We enjoyed an investigation about putting numbers back onto an empty hundred square, using our knowledge of times tables and place value.
We have also been on an exciting trip to the Open Zone at The Word, where we performed our fantastic dragon poems.
SATs… coming soon!
With the SATs fast approaching, some parents have been asking how they can best support their children from home. Working a little each day with your child at home can have a big impact on their progress in school. Below are some ideas of ways you can support your child’s progress from home.
- Online games – mathematics games, reading and spelling games. Sites such as topmarks.co.uk, www.ictgames.com and www.mathsframe.co.uk have lots of fun games that enable children to learn in a fun way.
- Hear your child read. This can be anything – books, magazines, webpages, newspapers, even the TV guide!
- Practise spelling the year 1 and year 2 Write them in different coloured pens, play hangman, write them in bubble letters or writing sentences using the words. Encourage your child to focus on their handwriting too.
- Learning songs can also help learning. Search for times tables songs, statement, question, command and exclamation song, songs about verbs, nouns and adjectives.
- Don’t forget the children can use their school logins from home for Mathletics and Spelling Shed. If you need your child’s login details again, please ask Mrs Malone.
Our topic this half term has been ‘Frozen’, continuing on from our ‘Disney’ topic. The children have enjoyed reading Frozen, The Snow Queen and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. We have learnt lots about the Artic and different animals that live there and even took part in a workshop at The Great North Museum. In our literacy lessons we have been working on using adjectives and using apostrophes to describe wintery scenes and the characters from the stories we have been reading in class. We were also given the opportunity to visit a snow pit for lots of snow fun…
The children have also produced some amazing homework this half term, some great 3D models and research
Our topic next half term will be ‘Exciting Explorers’
Our book fair is here! It will be open each morning from 8.30 and after school from 3.20 Monday-Friday this week only. The more money we raise, the more books and resources we get for our school. There are some great books on offer, ideal for Christmas…
Thank you for your support.
Hawthorns have been doing some fantastic work during Anti-Bullying Week. The theme this year is ‘All Different, All Equal’.
When we went to Beamish we went down the Pit, it was very dark and scary.
When we were down the Pit the man told us lots of interesting facts like children used to work down the pit from the age of 3!
We had some time in the school playground playing with metal hoops. just like the Victorian children would have!
We went to the farm and pretended to be children who had been sent to the countryside away from the bombs in World War 2. We were writing letters home to our parents.
We pretended we had been signed up in the army. We had great fun learning to march.
In school we are learning to paint a picture based on a famous artist.
we have chosen ‘Bathing At Asnieres 1884’ by Georges Seurat
We are also learning to mix our own paints using powder paint. The powder paint went everywhere!
On our trip to Beamish, we had lots of fun pretending to be soldiers.
We travelled on a tram to see all the sights at Beamish.
We travelled down the mines and found our own coal to bring back to Cherries class.
We visited an old fashioned school and some of us even had to stand in the corner for being naughty!
We made our own ice-cream. It didn’t turn out quite as expected and we had lots of laughs at the custard-like results.
We had lots of fun making our own scented play-dough. Our classroom smelt of lemon, caramel and mint for days! We loved it!
We learnt poetry by heart and then performed it to our Maples friends. We did such a super job!
Even in the rain, we get lots of work done in Cherries! We went on a plant hunt and found lots of garden and wild plants.
Year 4,5 & 6 are visiting Thurston Outdoor Education Centre from 11th to 13th February.
More information about Thurston can be found here…
If you have any questions regarding the visit, please contact Mr. McMullen.