Redwood Class

January 2018

November 2017

Our learning in the Autumn Term:

This term our class topic is ‘May The Force Be With You.’

In English, we have explored various texts. Firstly, we looked at the picture book  ‘The Silver Serpent Cup’ by Johnan Emmett and worked on creating an audio report. The children thoroughly enjoyed role plying this story and commentating on the race.   

Next we enjoyed the story ‘Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus’ by Mo Willems. We explored the pigeon’s emotions and body language and how the pigeon used persuasive language to try to drive the bus.

              

During this half of the term, we are reading the ‘Naughty Bus’ by Jan Oke. We are learning about calligrams and how to use them in  our own vehicle adventure story. We are also linking this to designing a stop motion animation.

Other texts that we are planning to focus on include ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’ by Quentin Blake, ‘Mr. Gumpy's Motor’ Car by John Burningham, and non-fiction texts about vintage vehicles and Victorian life, as well as a variety of Christmas stories.

In maths, we have developed our knowledge and understanding of the number system including place value and addition. We played lots of games and solved problems to help us build fluency in these areas. This half term, we are developing our skills in subtraction, length, height and weight.

                

In our PSHE lessons, we have been using stories to help us talk about different emotions and exploring how to manage the ‘big feelings.’ We have also undertaken different projects within the school community, such as making cakes and pumpkin bread to share with children in different classes; making daffodil bulb gift bags for Grandparents Day, collecting lavender for an upcoming themed week, and making habitats for bugs and frogs in The Nest.  

 

In science we have been testing how fast our cars would go on different surfaces and we even came up with how to make a fair test! This half term we are investigating the properties of magnets and the children have thought of questions they want to investigate.

 

How can you help this term?

  • Encourage your child to share their reading book and other texts with you.

  • Write for a different purposes, e.g. shopping lists, ‘to do’ lists and letters to Santa.

  • Encourage your child to get involved in practical activities, such as cooking - comparing and measuring ingredients, counting and reading key words in cooking instructions and recipes.

Many thanks for your continued support

Should you have any questions regarding your child or their learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

October 2017

April 2017

Our Learning in the Spring Term

English

During Book Week, we enjoyed the story ‘Spider Sandwiches’ and created our own crazy bug recipes! We developed our understanding of verbs using the book ‘One Day on our Blue Planet...in the Savannah.’  As we learnt about life here, and also following our visit to Marwell, we wrote postcards from the savannah,   describing our favourite animals. Using the book ‘Elephant Diaries’ we learnt about how elephants live. We explored the similarities and differences between elephants and humans. We also learnt about the challenges they face from predators and humans; we then created newspaper reports to highlight these issues.

Maths

In maths, we have developed our knowledge and understanding of multiplication, including counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s, and times tables. We have looked closely at money, including buying items in our class’ Lego shop. In geometry, we played lots of different games to develop our knowledge of the properties of 2D & 3D shapes.

  

  

What will we be learning in the Summer Term?

Our topic for the Summer Term is ‘Changes’

Please see below for our topic overview which details what we will be learning within each subject area.

How can you help?

· Encourage your child to share their reading book and other texts with you.

· One of our texts, ‘Window’ will focus on speech bubbles. Perhaps you could read a comic or create some speech  bubbles for any photos or pictures that you have at home?

· Within PDL, children will be learning about food groups, healthy eating and personal hygiene. Maybe you could make some healthy snacks together or sort the food in your fridge/cupboard into        different groups?

· In science, we will be learning about the properties of materials, including how materials can change.; this includes changes to food when mixed, heated and cooled/frozen. Perhaps you could do some cooking together and talk about the changes that happen?

Many thanks for your continued support

Should you have any questions regarding your child or their learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

April 2017

 

March 2017

 

January 2017

As part of our topic, ‘Become an Explorer,’ Redwood Class have been learning about what it is like in the Arctic and the Antarctic. 

We have enjoyed the story ‘Lost and Found’ and created our own version of the story. We have also learnt some amazing facts about blue whales!


         

 

We have created fact file about the animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic...

         

…and had lots of fun undertaking investigations with ice and salt…

 

…we have been fishing for ice cubes…


         

 

…and we’ve even made our own ice cream in a bag!

Mmmmm…delicious!