Spring Term A
The children have worked very hard on their assessments this week but have also enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. They read and then rewrote the story of the Chinese Zodiac and made their own fantastic dragons. They also started having a go at using drawing ink to form the Chinese characters for the animals in the Zodiac.
This week we started reading our new book in English, ‘Ug, boy genius of the Stone Age.’ The children have made predictions and used their inference skills, created their own Stone Age menus and written diary entries from the perspective of Ug. In Science, we learned about the 5 different types of vertebrates. After discussing the characteristics, the children had to decide whether the animals were mammals, birds, fish, reptiles or amphibians. They then created their own classification keys. We started gymnastics in P.E. this week. After discussing the safety rules, the children had fun practising the new partner balances they learned.
We had a visit from The Happy Puzzle Company this week, and the children had to use their teamwork skills to complete a range of Maths based games and challenges. In Bushcraft this week, the children made their own clay guardians which they built into the trees. We were really impressed with their creativity! In our work on The Kapok Tree this week, we focused on dilemmas. We discussed the dilemma the man has of whether or not to chop down the tree, and the children came up with some fantastic ideas for what the man would be thinking the moment he raised his axe after his visits from all of the rainforest animals.
It was lovely to welcome the children back this week and to hear all of their Christmas stories. We started our new science topic ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. The children learned about the life processes using ‘MRS GREN‘ and then they thought about how they could group animals based on their characteristics. We continued our work on ‘The Kapok Tree’ in English, and the children wrote some fantastic persuasive letters from the perspective of a rainforest animal, asking the man not to chop down the tree.