We’ve had a spidery start to 2020 as in our English lessons we have been learning all about Spiders. The children have taught me lots of new fascinating spider facts that they found out for their homework. We have read fact sheets, watched information videos and also looked in our Class text ‘Charlotte’s Web’ to find out as much as we can about these intriguing arachnids. Armed with all this information, we have had a focus on non-fiction and created Spider fact sheets to share with our friends. To reinforce our learning, we have spent time at Forest school looking for spiders and their webs and also making webs from sticks.
Maths lessons have focussed on recognising, writing and counting numbers up to 100 and beyond and exploring the place value of each number. We have counted in steps of 1,2,3,5, 10 and 100!! We have had lots of hands on activities using the numicon, diennes and dice. We have also used counting in different number steps to help us solve missing number problems and to compare numbers. We are now working on different ways of solving addition and subtraction problems.
In Geography, we have been learning about the USA. The setting for ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is a farm in America, so we have found it on the world map looking at the continent of North America and learning about the different states. We compared its position to Peru, which we learnt about last term and also looked at Canada above it, where our old class mate Evie now lives.
In Computing, we have been learning about algorithms. We have been giving and following instructions. Also this week, we enjoyed a session with Mark Sanderson making an interactive book on the whiteboard.
This term our Art skills focus is on collage. We have explored tearing and reshaping, grouping colours together, folding and cutting for effect. We have also been continuing web art and drawing alongside our Charlotte’s Web text.
Mrs Dawe has been impressed with the children’s skills in P.E. as they have played basketball games and developed all the ball skills that go along with this fast paced and fun game.
Forest school sessions have been muddy but the children are showing fantastic cooperation and team work as they explore their own mini projects such as building a stage, dens and fishing rods!!!
We seem to pack so much into each week but the class always face each new challenge and learning opportunity with enthusiasm and interest. What a fantastic start to the Spring term.