This term Canadian Bears topic has been ‘Tribal Tales’. We have delved into the Stone Age times and studied how people in those times lived and how they managed to survive. We had lots of fun creating our own Stonehenge to gain an idea of why it was built and the effort that went into getting the stones there and into position.
In English, we have been studying ‘Stig of the Dump’. This has given us lots of opportunities to write about Barney and Stig and the lives that they lived. Within this we re-wrote the middle part of the story and created our own dilemmas that both Barney and Stig could overcome to become the best of friends. The children did really well in coming up with ideas about what they could have gone through together. Within our topic work, we studied Stonehenge and why it is so important. We then produced information texts, that the children then wrote up in their big write books. The children wrote some fantastic fact sheets that are jam-packed full of information on the Neolithic monument.
In Maths, the children consolidated the mathematical concepts that we covered over lock down and ensured they had all the knowledge and skill needed to move on. We are still in the process of going over the mathematical understanding, but the children have done really well at picking up where we left off. We still need to concentrate on multiplication and division, but we are confident that they will pick up the skills needed to progress onto the next part of our Power maths journey.
In Science this term, we have studied rocks and fossils. The children have loved looking into this, and we were inundated with children wanting to show off the rocks that they had brought in from home. We studied whether a rock was an igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary, and we completed some class experiments to find this out. The children also made their own fossils out of plasticine and plaster. It was lots of fun and the children were excited to link what we had been learning in our topic with our science work.
Our topic is ‘Tribal Tales’, which runs over two terms, this has meant we get to go into depth on the Stone Age and Iron Age. The children have loved learning about the Stone Age and how people would have lived all that time ago. We have discovered the 5 time periods between the Stone Age and the Iron age and how things have changed between the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and the Neolithic times. We looked at the tools they would have used, some of the artwork produced and how people survived and started to cultivate the land. During our topic day, we looked further at Stonehenge and the momentous effort it took to build all those years ago without any modern day machinery. We have had so much fun completing this topic, Canadian Bears are excited to study it further in term 2.
Term 5 and Term 6
This term Italian Ibex have focused their learning around the theme ‘Towers, Tunnels and Turrets’. Specifically looking at castles and the people and items that are associated with these. Although children have been at home, there have been many excellent pieces of work that have been both creative and innovative.
This term we have completed many pieces of work to help children to develop their spelling, grammar, reading and creative writing skills. Their daily lessons have helped develop their skills and ensure that they are continually using these whilst not in school. The children have also been working hard on writing stories that have incorporated our theme. As well as this, the children have also written some creative pieces in conjunction with art week and have read and written some excellent pieces of poetry. Well done, Italian Ibex class.
In maths this term, the children consolidated mathematical concepts that were covered whilst in school. When we introduced Google Classroom, we completed live lessons focusing on concepts that we had not yet covered. Therefore, we were able to look at fractions during this time. The children were amazing at logging on and learning the new mathematical skills to enable them to start to master ‘fractions’. At the end of the term, we completed a fractions assessment and children achieved great results, well done!
In science this term, we have looked at both our bodies and how to keep ourselves healthy. We also looked at plants and what they need to grow, survive and multiply. Even with the children being at home, some were still able to experiment with different plants at home. We had a variety of plants to look at with children growing broad beans, sunflowers, tomatoes as well as herbs. I was very impressed with all of the children’s efforts. Although we will need to finish these topics off in the new school year, I am confident that our class has gone above and beyond in keep our scientific curiosity alive!
Our main focus this term has been around castles and the people that live in them. The children have been studying a variety of castles from various parts of England and looked at other castles within Europe and how they compare. With this, the children researched the features of castles and their defences that helped stop attacks on the castle and its surrounding villages. We then looked at the knights that protected these fortresses and the coat of arms that they wore on their armour and shields. We had lots of fun designing our own and choosing different elements that represented our own family values and personalities.
This term Italian Ibex continued their learning about pirates during our swashbuckling adventures in ‘Land Ahoy’! The children are continuing to learn about what a life of a pirate is like and what it’s like to become one.
This term we have continued to read various texts linked to our topic. The children have loved learning about Sinbad the sailor (Fiction) and then we read about Captain James Cook (non-fiction). After we read these books, we discussed what was similar and what was different about them. The children enjoyed coming up with their ideas as to why the books were similar in many ways. In our writing, we looked at fantasy stories. The children studied a variety of different short stories about dragons. This led us to coming up with ideas about what we would write for our own fantasy stories and how this could link to our topic.
In maths, the children have worked hard to get through a lot of topics this term. We started the term off by carrying on with our statistics topic. The children had lots of fun looking at different ways that they can record data to suit the audience. After this, the children started to look at measurement: length. Having some ideas around centimetres and metres, the children used their reasoning skills to tell me why they would measure something in centimetres as opposed to metres. We finished off the rest of the term looking at 2D and 3D shapes, which the children loved and already knew many facts about.
In science this term, we continued our topic around animals and their habitats. The focus was on the types of plants that grew in different habitats as well as the food chains that enabled animals to survive. We looked at lots of different examples throughout and the children came up with some interesting ideas. Our World Book Day book was ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ by Dianne Hofmeyr, so we took the opportunity to look at the habitat of a giraffe. The children then decided the giraffe in the story would prefer to live in its native African habitat as opposed to Paris, in France.
In our habitat work, we also gave the children macro lenses for the learnpads. This enabled the children to take close up shots of habitats in and around the school, which was lots of fun for them to do in their groups.
The children have certainly enjoyed carrying on with their topic ‘Land ahoy!’ We started the term off by combining our geography, maths and history together to look at treasure maps. The children started to look at early aerial maps and photography and how these differ from the ones we see today. They then had lots of fun looking at how Google Earth works and how we can use the information within this to help us with our task. Each child was then able to draw aerial maps of the school so that they could plot where they wanted to hide their treasure. After this, they could then use the language prescribed to explain where they had hidden their treasure. The children spent some time looking at other children’s treasure maps and trying to work out, with the use of the instructions, where their treasure might be buried.
This term Italian Ibex have been learning about pirates during our swashbuckling adventures in ‘Land Ahoy’! The children learnt about what the life of a pirate is like and how to become one.
This term we have been reading various texts linked to our topic. The children have enjoyed listening to different adventures that a variety of pirates have been on. We had an incident where the infamous Captain Jolly Roger, was caught on CCTV stealing our treasure chest. He has demanded that the children become pirates to earn the right to own their treasure. This enraged the children to which some have written some very persuasive letters telling the captain their demands! We will await his response, hopefully in due course.
In maths, the children have moved on to multiplication and division. Because of their continued work in number, place value and their times tables, it has enabled them to understand the concepts that they have been taught to work out multiplication and division sentences. This has grown their confidence in the area and most are able to work these out using different manipulatives and knowing all the number facts for a given calculation.
In science this term, we have started to look at animals and their habitats. The children have been exploring where different animals and insects live. We have studied these and noticed what changes have taken place at various intervals. We have also purchased some micro clips, for the learnpads, which have allowed the children to take some close up pictures of the habitats that we find around our school. This has been very interesting and has helped the children to design habitats from various parts of the world.
In our topic, we have been studying the United Kingdom and some famous people from the past. We have looked at the four countries of the UK and their capital cities as well as some information about Maidstone. The children have also looked at some of the characteristics of these countries and identified what makes them different, even though two of the three other countries border ours.
As well as this, we studied Grace Darling and how her efforts brought about the RNLI and put this little daughter of a lighthouse keeper in the history books. Even though this happened over 100 years ago, it is still relevant today and the story fascinated the children.
This term Italian Ibex have continued the topic Muck, Mess and Mixture. We have been busy investigating different materials, reading and writing about ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ and creating our own set of instructions. It has been great to see all the children getting fully involved in our learning and deepening their understanding.
This term we have been reading a version of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’. The children have really enjoyed looking at this book and comparing the town of Hamelin to the society we live in today. In English we have been looking at information texts then writing about unusual pets. The children have really enjoyed looking at what they could do to their homes so that they can have animals like giraffes, rhinos, wolves and a variety of other weird and wonderful creatures. As well as this, the children have been practising writing sets of instructions, studying commas for a list and the learning the four sentence types in our grammar lessons.
In maths, we have now moved on to solving two step problems involving money using addition and subtraction. I have been really impressed at how quickly the children noticed the relationships between the manipulatives we have been using and the values of the different coins and notes. Please continue to support your children when taking them to the shops, explaining the different amounts being charged and helping them to calculate how much change they will get when they take their items to the till.
In science this term we have continued to investigate materials and how different materials react under different forces and pressure. One experiment we completed asked the question, ‘Do bigger balls bounce higher than smaller ones?’ The children certainly had lots of fun finding this out and testing the different materials.
In our topic we have focused on different artists, studying John Constable and landscape drawings. The children have been working on their artistic creations from rough sketching to colouring their designs. We also had lots of fun creating pen portraits of the artist so that we can understand a bit more about him and where he came from. This gave us an insight to the kinds of places he experienced.
This term Italian Ibex have been looking at ‘Muck, Mess and Mixture’. We have been busy investigating different materials, writing about George’s Marvellous Medicine and creating our own concoctions. It has been great to see all the children getting fully involved in our learning, which has meant they’ve learnt so much!
This term we have been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine in our guided reading. There have been some tricky words that the children have had to learn but we’ve been coming up with some fun ways to remember what these mean. In their writing, the children have been learning about letter writing. Within this we have covered a few different texts about children writing to their teachers. They have discussed what they would like to say to their teacher and how to write it as a letter. They have had some fantastic ideas of what they would like to say and have used all four different sentence types to convey their points of argument, which were very convincing. I’m expecting some well written Christmas letters this year!
In maths, we have now switched over to the maths mastery teaching approach, building upon pupils’ prior learning to support each new maths topic, and deepening their understanding so that they are more fluent with different calculation types, and can reason confidently. We have spent a lot of time investigating place value, building a solid understanding of how to order numbers, using greater, smaller and equal numbers and all the language that underpins this. Children have thoroughly enjoyed the new approach and all of the visual methods that they have experienced within it.
Year 2s topic is Muck, Mess and Mixture, so therefore have been looking at materials in science. We have had some great fun looking at what materials we could use to build our new school with. We also have been looking at whether we can turn solid particles in to a liquid and the back again, investigating how the particles change when melting chocolate. Pictured above is our use of materials to make a kite. The children picked certain materials that are conducive to flying, and described why that material was best for its purpose. As you can see, they had lots of fun testing these out.
In our topic, we have been looking at art and design, history and design technology. The children had many challenges mixing different marbling inks together and then transferring them onto their pieces of paper. We have also been studying the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and landscape artist John Constable.