Term 5 and Term 6
This term we have loved learning about animals and it has inspired us to complete lots of writing. We wrote a letter to a zoo keeper asking questions about some of the animals. We were so excited when we received a response which answered our questions and gave us lots of information. We found out that elephants cannot jump, and sharks don’t sleep! We also made a zoo guide, which included a map and some facts about the animals. One of our favourite pieces of writing was inspired by the story, ‘Augustus and his smile’. We thought about all the things that make us happy and wrote them down.
We have been working really hard on learning lots of new number skills. This term we learnt how to double by decorating butterfly wings. We also learnt to halve by sharing food between animals. We loved solving different animal number problems.
We are now experts at writing number sentences for addition and subtraction, and look how neatly we present our work! It was fun to challenge ourselves and come up with our own number sentences.
At the start of the term, eggs were delivered to school and we watched them hatch into gorgeous chicks. It was so exciting to discover that they all had different coloured feathers. We learnt all about the life cycle of a chicken and even made our own chicks with moveable wings.
We have spent time experimenting with different techniques in art and design. We used these techniques to create images of different animal coats. Multi-coloured hand prints made a parrots feathers, finger prints made a leopard’s spots and we scratched paint to make snake prints. We then came up with words to describe them, such as ‘bumpy’ and ‘colourful’.
This term, English Lions have been busy learning about shapes, patterns and number.
We loved learning about different 3D shapes and coming up with rhymes and actions to help us remember them. We were then able to sort classroom items based on their properties and used excellent language to explain it. We were able to explain that cylinders and cones could go together because they have curved edges. We also noticed that some cuboids could be grouped with the cubes if they had square faces.
World Book Day
For World Book Day, we looked at the story ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’. This inspired us to make lots of giraffes. We challenged ourselves to make them in different sizes. Whilst making them, we compared them to our friends’, and could say whose was tallest and whose was shortest. We could not believe it when we found out that real giraffes can grow almost as tall as the school!
English Lions have loved reading different traditional tales. This has inspired a huge amount of writing. This term we have started writing in full sentences using finger spaces. This makes it much easier to read our work aloud. We have been so proud of our work that we are always asking to show our writing to the rest of the class at the end of each day.
We wrote in speech bubbles about what we thought the characters in ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ would say about how they felt.
We made ‘Lost’ posters for the Gingerbread Man. We wrote sentences to describe him.
We have made the most of our outdoor area during this topic. The most popular set up was our ‘Three Little Pigs’ building site. We loved using the diggers to transport materials to make houses for the pigs. We soon discovered that it was nearly impossible to build with straw because it kept blowing away! We made sure we transported materials safely and tested our structures to make sure they were secure. We showed fantastic listening skills by communicating and working with our friends to build houses together.
English Lions have had a brilliant start to term three and 2020. Our topic ‘Traditional Tales’ has been great fun and has inspired lots of learning through play.
One of our favourite books this term was ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children were very excited to meet Mrs Brand’s chickens. The children learnt about the life-cycle of a chicken. They made their own life cycle pictures and labelled the different parts.
English Lions enjoyed writing letters to the hen to offer to help her make some bread. Asher wrote “I can help you make bread”.
The children had a fantastic time making the bread and eating it. They then wrote shopping lists with all the ingredients they needed for the recipe.
The children have loved re-telling the different stories we have learnt about this term. After watching some different versions of ‘The Three Little Pigs’, they came up with alternative endings. To help re-tell their stories, the children made puppets and used instruments for various sound effects. We filmed each group and loved watching them on the big screen in class.
After weighing out ingredients for bread, the children loved investigating the weight of different items around the classroom. They used balance scales to compare weights, saying which item was heavier and which was lighter. Outside, some children even made their own balance scales!
We have also really enjoyed reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children have loved building houses out of lots of different materials. They even tested the houses against wind and rain to find out which was the strongest! Whilst building, we learnt about 3D shapes. We investigated which shapes work best for building and stacking, and which roll and fall down!
English Lions have enjoyed the autumn term theme of ‘Woodland’ and have made full use of the wonderful sticks, pinecones and coloured leaves that have fallen.
We have dived into the world of ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Stick Man’, concentrating this term on speaking and listening skills and joining in with repeated refrains. Children retold the stories in their own way using role play and small world activities. We have described settings and characters using different language and exciting vocabulary. As we learn new sounds we have developed a love for writing, using identifiable letters to communicate meaning to support our drawings. Children have independently produced their own Stick Man’s Family Tree and written letters to find him.
One of our highlights this term was our forest school trip, where we went on our very own bear hunt through the woods! With our fantastic observation skills we did find the bear, he was soft and cuddly! We sang songs and ate a picnic around the fire. We were in awe of the flames in the fire and enjoyed sitting safely watching it burn. We thought about the different textures and feelings in the woods, one of our favourites was how the mud felt under our feet, especially when we jumped in the muddy puddles!
In English Lions we love to create. We have made use of the wonderful natural resources available at this time of year to create wonderful models and pictures. We made our own Stick Men, as well as creating a Family Tree and a bed for him. We built bridges across rivers and more recently we made angels and stars to put on the Christmas tree. We are improving our skills with discussing what we have made, how we made it and how we can improve.
For maths this term we have focused on our counting and number recognition. We have again used many different natural resources to support us with this and have linked it to the tasks that we have been completing already, so that we understand why we need to develop our math skills. We have worked on saying one number name for each item we are counting, touching or moving the items as we do so. We have also looked at measurement, we used vocabulary such as longer and shorter to order the length of sticks and we enjoyed using a metre stick to compare our own heights.
English Lions have had a fantastic first term at school. They have had a busy time getting to know each other and learning the rules and routines. Although it has been a very wet term, they have still loved exploring the activities in our outside area, especially the messy mud kitchen! English Lions love to sing and they have learnt lots of songs, with the favourites being, ‘Miss Polly had a dolly’ and ‘Boa Constrictor’. They have even come up with their own dinosaur song! Art and design has played a big part in the classroom this term, and there are definitely lots of budding artists. The children have used shapes to make pictures of animals and painted pictures of their favourite dinosaurs. English Lions have also started Phonics lessons and are doing incredibly well with learning all of the new sounds. Mrs Brand and Mrs Dutton are very proud of all the children for settling in so well.