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Our PE days for Term 6 will be as follows -
Please ensure children come to school in their PE kit on these days and that all kit is labelled with your child's name.
This term we will be learning all about 'Animals'. We will be starting a new book called 'The Fox and the Star,' an exciting story about a Fox looking for his Star. In science we will be looking at different animals and grouping them. We are also very excited about observing animals at Bristol Zoo and describing them when we get back. We will also be looking at aboriginal art and we will be learning about the techniques used. The children will then create their own aboriginal art work, including an animal of their choice.
Are we animals?
This terms enquiry is all about animals and the children will be answering the question - are humans animals?
To start our enquiry about animals, the children had a WOW experience at Bristol Zoo. The sun was shining and we observed lots of animals at the zoo including lions, gorillas, insects, fish and many more! We were even able to touch some of them. Some children were very brave to touch the milk snake and the cockroaches. After, we attended a workshop and we were able to put our sorting skills that we learnt at school into practice. We had to sort animals into their habitat – a rain forest or a woodland. We would like to thank our fantastic parent helpers for their support on the trip!
The day after the trip the children reflected on their experience and wrote some great observations using grouping words such as ‘mammals’, ‘insects’ and ‘reptiles’. They even managed to compare two of the animals that they saw. After the children read the statement 'All of the animals that we saw at the zoo were mammals'. They had to explain why this was not correct and they gave great explanations, including grouping words.
Recently we have been designing boats for explorers. We thought about the different things that boats need, and about what materials would be the most suitable for that thing and why it would be best. We have also been adding 3 numbers together, learning that it doesn't matter which order we add the parts together, the total is always the same. We have also been doing reading and maths tests during which the children behaved fantastically, concentrating and keeping quite all the way through so that we could focus and do our best. Well done to all!
This term our enquiry will be 'where does our food come from?' We will be reading the book 'Handa's surprise' and will be tasting the fruit that she has in her basket in the story. We will also be looking at the continents and oceans of the world and how other countries are different. We will learn about different types of animals and what kind of food they eat and use this information to produce a non-fiction report. We will also be drawing fruit and at the end of term we will design and make a healthy meal.
To start off our new topic we had a fruit tasting session. We tried most of the fruit from our story 'Handa's surprise'. We had lots of fun and came up with lots of interesting vocabulary to describe the fruit. One child described mango as 'The best fruit in the world ever!'
This term we will be asking the question 'How can we send a Christmas card home?'
We will be learning about what postmen do and how letters are delivered. We will be thinking about addresses and what each part of it means. Along with this we be looking at maps and how letters are sent around the world. We will be reading a lovely book called The Jolly Postman and using this in our writing and enquiry lessons. We will also look at the Jolly Christmas Postman as we get closer to Christmas! As Christmas approaches we will also be looking at how to send a Christmas card home to each of our families, which we hope you will be excited to receive in time for Christmas.
We have been writing safety information and designing safety signs for tourists visiting the moon. The children really enjoyed role-playing what might happen to tourists who didn't know how to stay safe on the moon - falling into craters, being bitten by aliens and flying off in rockets in the wrong direction. So we thought it was a good idea to tell them how to stay safe. The children came up with lots of ideas and practiced putting them into sentences that make sense, using 'think it, say it, write it, read it' to encourage them to plan their sentence before writing it down.
In RE we have been learning about creation. We have looked at the story in the Bible about what happened on each day. We have ordered what happened and been retelling the story to each other. We have also looked at things that God made and things that God did not make. We have just finished painting pictures of some of the things that God made. The children were brilliant using paint in class for the first time in year 1 and created some great paintings. Can you guess what they are?
We have been making rockets. First we planned them, thinking about what we would need and how we would do it. Then we made our rockets using all kinds of junk and different materials. The children worked very independently, choosing which materials to use and how to attach them together to make their creation. Following this we then evaluated our models to see what went well and what could be improved if we had more time. The children had a lot of fun!
This term we will be learning all about space. This includes learning how rockets help astronauts travel to space safely and why spacesuits are designed carefully. We will then spend time creating our own rockets and spacesuits.
Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading a story called 'Man on the Moon: A day in the life of Bob' to help us imagine what life on the moon would be like!