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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Summer Term A

Week 4

In History this week, the children learned about Stone Age camps. They discovered that people had to move their camps as the seasons changed. The children then began to draw what they thought the inside and outside of a winter camp would look like. They had to think about what would have to take place inside and what could be left outside. In Bushcraft this week, the children were hard at work in the allotments, weeding and replanting tomato plants which will be kept in our classroom so that we can see them grow. They also found all sorts of creatures in the garden this week! We had lots of fun in English, when the children had to work in groups of 3 to role play our instructional text ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’. One person had to be the mammoth, another the mammoth’s owner, and the third person was the narrator who was describing the steps needed to wash the mammoth!

Week 2

This week, the children had lots of fun but also worked hard to create their model woolly mammoths. They had to follow written instructions to create the shape of the mammoth, but also to add all of the details. We think they look fantastic! In history, we looked at some artefacts from the Stone Age and the children had to guess what they might have been used for. They also learned about the fossilised early human footprints which were discovered on Happisburgh beach, the oldest known footprints in Europe! The children were shocked to find out that they are between 850,000 and 950,000 years old! In maths this week, we have focused on finding a quarter.

Week 1

We started the half term off well with a trip to Derwent Water. The children got involved with kick sampling, which involved disturbing the river bed and using a net to see what we would find and to see if the river was healthy or unhealthy! After discovering all sort of invertebrates including mayfly nymphs and even a small fish, we concluded that the river is healthy! The children then used identification cards to look for all sorts of trees, plants and minibeasts in the area. We started fractions in maths, and have been focusing on finding a half this week. In English, the children created their own comic strips based on the book "How to wash a woolly mammoth".