This week we have been learning all about The gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. In English we have written some sentences about key events. In art, we have been looking at Jack Goldstein’s chalk firework pictures.
Maths has been based around subtraction. We have used fact family houses to support our part part whole knowledge. The children have been working hard on their digit and mathematical symbol formation.
In gymnastics, we have been focusing on balancing. The children have been balancing on their toes and using their arms and legs to support making different shapes.
Science has been based around Autumn. We have been using our senses to think about the smells, sights and feel of autumnal objects.
This week in year 1 we have been comparing Devon with London. The children have been busy comparing transport, landmarks and geographical features. We found out that London has green parks but Devon has wide open moorland like Dartmoor.
In science, we have been busy tracking the rainfall as well as the weather for each day. It has been a real mixture this week with sun, fog and rain.
In Maths, we have been learning about part part whole diagrams. We have used these to support our addition and addition facts.
PE has continued to be fantastic fun. Outside we have been practicing our catching and throwing skills and inside we have been working on balancing and flexibility in gymnastics.
The teachers were very pleased with the children attending after school badminton and football clubs. All of the children behaved beautifully and we had fantastic feedback from the coaches.
Library books have gone home this week. They need to be returned next Thursday and will then spend a week in quarantine before being sent home again. Thank you for your patience with this.
We have been busy bees again this week in Year 2! In Science, we practiced using the new words we have learnt to describe the properties of materials; these included absorbent, waterproof, transparent, opaque, shine, dull, rigid, flexible, strong and fragile. We considered lots of ‘what ifs’….. What if my jumper was made of metal? What if the window was made from cardboard?! We used property words to explain why this was not would be a suitable material for a certain purpose! In English we have written our own class versions of Duckie’ Rainbow. A dino or cat has been over, under, through, along and behind several different things! The children have had great fun writing it and have shown an excellent knowledge of prepositions, verbs and interesting adjectives. In our history sessions we have been learning all about The Wright Brothers who invented and flew the first plane in 1903. The first flight took off and landed again after 12 seconds, travelling 36 metres in total. We marked out this distance on the playground and then took it in turns to run along the ‘runaway’ with our arms outstretched pretending to be Mr. Orville Wright on his first ever flight! Luckily it was probably slightly warmer outside than I we imagine it was in December 1903.
Reminder that Home Learning books will only be returned to you every OTHER week. We have to quarantine them in between going to and from school. Home Learning will still be set EVERY week on the blog. Complete it on paper, email in photos or concentrate on the computer-based home learning during these weeks.
The highlight of the week was our Pod sports day as part of the Exwick Heights “vitual” sports day. Miss Prentice was very impressed with the effort from all of the children. Nobody gave up and they all pushed themselves to try their best. It was also fantastic to see the children cheer each other on and wait patiently for their turn. We are excited to find out the results of sports day.
In our pod, we took a trip back in time to imagine we were children at the Victorian seaside. We wrote postcards to our previous class TA’s pretending we were Victorian children on holiday. The staff should receive them in the post soon!
Next week marks the end of life in our pod. We have lots of plans for some Victorian style celebrations.
We hope you and your family is well. A big well done to all of you who have been trying to keep up with the home learning on Google Classroom. Congratulations to William, Shaun and Noah who have been chosen as star workers for the great work they submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Well done guys, you can download your certificates here: