We have had another great week in Year 1 and 2! In English, we have started reading The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson. We have put ourselves in the shoes of the snail with the “itchy foot”, and have written a diary about why she wanted to leave her home and all the different places she visited with the great big, blue-grey humpback whale.
In maths, we have investigated fractions. We have been able to identify ½, ¼ of a shape, and some of us can even find ⅓, 2/4 and ¾ of shapes too! In Topic we’ve been investigating animal teeth from their skeletons, identifying and using our senses.
In Phonics and Spelling: Orcas with Mrs Duffield – recapping ey, au, o-e,and u-e; Seals with Mrs Laming and Miss Lumb looked at -ir, -all, -oo, -oi. Albatrosses with Miss Carman investigated the /l/ sound spelt ‘le’ at the end of words (bottle, little, muddle), and adding the suffixes ‘er’ and ‘est’ to words ending with ‘e’ (nicer, widest)
This week in phonics we have learnt to read and write the trigraph ‘igh’ (light, night, might) and the digraph qu (quit, squid, quack). We have also started to read words with the digraph ‘oa’ (goat, coat).
In maths we have been adding two parts to make a whole and subtracting one part from the whole to find the other part.
We have continued to read our story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and talked about what we liked and didn’t like and why. In topic we have been looking at where in the world is Mundesley and where Antarctica is in comparison. We used an atlas to find out where in the world it was, how we would get there and also how different England and Antarctica are. We also looked at what animals you would find in Antarctica.
In year 5 this week, we have been learning about percentages and thousandths in decimals. In year 6 we have been proving that the area of a triangle is half the area of the rectangle in which it fits, calculating the areas of parallelograms, and we have been exploring volume. It has been a very hands on practical week with lots of cutting, sticking and making but it has been exactly what maths should be- FUN! In topic we have been experimenting with warm and cold colours and created some cactus montages in the style of Andy Warhol. We also worked together as a class to write and perform a BBC documentary on ‘How people have adapted to live in a desert’ It took a lot of organising from the editing team but it was a great way to find out more about the Sahara, Mojave, Atacoma and Antarctic deserts to name just a few. Well done Year 6 – a great week!
In Population class we have learnt all about where rain forests are found. We have learnt about the continents and countries and have used atlases to find countries in the Tropics with tropical rain forests. We have written travel brochures for a rain forest retreat. In English, we have written our argument texts and have used conditionals, subordinating conjunctions and commas to improve our writing. In Maths, we are starting to look at division using a written form method.
My children LOVE these. I actually use turkey escalopes rather than chicken because it’s cheaper. The hammering of the meat and dipping the pieces in egg and breadcrumbs can get pretty messy, but that’s what’s fun about it. Much healthier than shop-bought chicken nuggets and you can serve them with anything. Yummy cold too if you make too many!
Yay! It’s cheap and easy paper plate craft! Try making a bird by folding a paper plate in half and decorating it with whatever you want…felt pens, feathers, string, ribbon, googly eyes, leaves…whatever you want. Why not cut the paper plates to different sizes and you can make a whole family!
Some children from year 4 and year 5 went to a swimming gala this week at Victory in North Walsham. Well done to all the children, but a particular well done to Zak and Olly for coming 2nd in their races!