Welcome to Hare Class! Miss McIlvar is our class teacher and Mrs Irwin is our teaching assistant. On Thursday afternoons, Mrs Pistell teaches us!
Our outdoor PE day is Tuesday and our indoor PE day is Thursday. On Tuesdays please come to school in outdoor PE kit.
The Topic Web and Maths Medium-term plan can be found by looking on our Class learning page.
Term 2- Land Use in the United Kingdom
Welcome back everyone- it is going to be a very busy but fun term! There is a lot to look forward to.
We will be learning how to be Cartographers and map our local area in Geography, retelling fairytales and traditional stories in English, learning about the human body in science and lots more.
Would you like to find out more about our topic? If so, have a look at our Topic reading list below!
Reading suggestions this term:
For our work in Geography on land use and the United Kingdom, you might like to spend some time exploring an Atlas. Other interesting reads are:
-The Big Book of the UK: Facts, folklore and fascinations from around the United Kingdom by Imogen Williams
-Maps of the United Kingdom by Rachel Dixon
-A Year on Adam's Farm by Adam Henson
Your child may also enjoy some of these classic British books, set in the UK:
-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (our class reading book this term)
-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (also set in Narnia!!)
-Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling
-A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Bennet
-The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
-The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
-Coming to England by Baroness Floella Benjamin (a newer story about the Windrush generation).
You might also like to spend some time reading and exploring Fairytales, which we will be looking at in our Guided Reading and Writing sessions this term!
Blue Peter Badges
In May, we launched our Blue Peter Climate Heroes challenge and children undertook different pledges at home and at school. We received lots of pictures from home showing children sorting the recycling, turning the taps off when brushing their teeth, switching electronic devices off, beach litter-picking and planting bee-friendly flowers. We continued this in school and over the summer holidays we received the badges. These badges give children free access to over 200 attractions, including some that are local to us. Grown-ups need to apply for the badge card before the badge will work – this is a confirmation of private details that you must do.
The link to apply for the card is given below:
Please write the respective code in the ‘reason’ section; the code is based on the class you were in last year:
Hare Class (were Hedgehog) = DL SP40LB CH
Homelearning Friday 3rd December- for Friday 10th December
There are no spellings for home learning this week, however please continue to read your banded books and log in to professor assessor to practise your times tables!
In Geography this week we got outside to explore the school buildings and draw a sketch map of the school! We learned that cartographers are people who make maps and had great fun acting as cartographers ourselves.
For the past two weeks, we have had great fun learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood and retelling it using our actions! It has been a busy few days in our classroom playing games and taking part in activities to help us learn the story. We are now starting to learn how to write a story like Little Red Riding Hood.
Earlier in the week, we interviewed 'the Wolf', 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'the Woodcutter' to find out more about them and get our questions answered! We described the characters in the story using a technique called 'the power of three'. We have also been studying the setting of Little Red Riding Hood and have been using our own School grounds to help us to write about woodlands in more detail.
We were very fortunate to have a visit from the Bridge this week! Our visitors taught us all about the meaning of the Holy Trinity and we started off by having a very interesting discussion about what the Trinity is and sharing our thoughts about it. Then, our visitors taught us how we can create a 'Perichoresis Dance' to represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We had great fun choreographing our own dances and performing them to the class! Finally, we crafted some 'trinity hearts'. We had a lovely time- thank you to the Bridge!
In Art, we have been studying Quentin Blake's illustrations and how he makes Roald Dahl's characters come to life! This week, we looked at some of his most famous characterisations and then sketched our own versions of the Hornswoggler monsters!
For Aspirational day, we had a jam-packed day learning from real life Scientists!
To start off with, we had a go at being engineers... our challenge was to build a bridge using only paper and sellotape! After that we learned all about space from a Scientist, who had even brought in a collection of 'space rocks' to share with us. We also learned all about Communication from an expert, and had great fun making telephones out of paper cups and string!
What a fun end to term! We have spent the day learning how to be ‘resourceful’ and have taken parts in lots of activities to build our resourcefulness, resilience and perseverance. We started off Resourcefulness Day by playing lots of team-building games, including pass the hoop and password. We used our bodies to make letters and then got into teams to try to spell out words! We have also used our resourcefulness to make creations and inventions out of materials which would otherwise have been thrown away. We had to really use our imagination, adaptability and perseverance! Resourcefulness is one of our big ideas and we will continue to think about how we can show resourcefulness throughout the year.
A big highlight of this term has been learning how to play recorders! We have learned how to read some music, play them gently and can even play the note 'A'.
We have also learned that playing recorders involves a lot of dancing... so apologies if these photos are a little blurry!
In Science, we have been exploring soil! What is it made of? What qualities do different soil types have?
First, we investigated some different samples of soil in the classroom, looking at the moisture of the different soils, their colour and texture.
Next, we headed outside to explore some of the soil in our school grounds! We learned that the soil had lots of moisture in it because it had been raining recently. Some of the soil was quite rocky, other parts were more compact!
Practising our invasion games tactics and football handling skills in PE.
We had great fun exploring the Mesolithic site of Star Carr and imagining what it might have looked like in the Stone Age! We considered evidence which archaeologists have found at the site to help us and even had a go at making our own antler head-dresses. What were the head-dresses used for? We may not know for sure but we enjoyed coming up with lots of theories and ideas!
Our Art focus this term is 'Can you paint like a caveman?' This week, we investigated famous cave paintings and discussed the stories they might be telling. Then, we had a turn at being cave- people ourselves! We used charcoal and soft chalks and pastels to create our own 'Stone Age' stories and drawings on our classroom walls.
Aren't there so many incredible things in our world? For our RE topic, Creation, we started off the term by going on a 'Wonder Walk'! The children spent some time exploring the grounds searching for little things in nature which are interesting, beautiful and wonderful. Here are some of the things they found!
It has been a great two days back so far; how lovely to see all of our friends again!
We have been busy settling back in and creating artwork to decorate our classroom with. We have also been thinking about what makes a school a good place to learn in PSHE, and designing our 'dream' schools! It has been wonderful to do lots of groupwork and share all of our ideas with each other!
The children have gone home with a reading book and a reading record. Please spend some time reading with your child over the next few days, for 5-10 minutes at a time. Home learning books and spelling lists will be sent out next week.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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