Here are just a few photographs of some of us working our socks off during English and maths lessons. We have completed our instructions - How to make coconut mice, and are now about to begin our letters to Santa. During R.E. learning we looked at how gifts can be invisible as well as what gifts we would give baby Jesus if we could visit him.
In our topic learning we have eased the Christmas word gently into our learning. This week the children began an RE topic - Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas? They shared their experiences of giving and receiving presents, then went on to look at why Christians give gifts at Christmas. We read the Nativity story, then the children sequenced the events.
We made coconut mice to follow on from reading the story Town Mouse and Country Mouse. Miss Williamson was so impressed with our products that she asked us to write some instructions so she can make them with her two nieces. We are now in the process of writing instructions for the girls in our English learning.
In our topic learning we looked at the features of an address and found them on our own addresses. We wrote letters to a friend in the class and plan to post the letter, so watch the post! We also looked at a map of the Sunderland area and found out where we all live.
On Halloween, we all came into school looking amazing in our costumes and ready to have a fun science day. First, we read the story Room on the Broom and listened for rhyming words. The witch let us know that she was worried about a hole in her cloak and as it was forecast for rain on Halloween evening, she thought she would need a new one. She asked us to test different material to find out which were waterproof and would therefore make a waterproof cloak to keep her dry. It was exciting to test the materials and find out the results.
We continued our science day with some fun. We added ingredients to our bowl, stirred and watched as 'slime' emerged......most of us had so much fun!!
This week our topic learning was to make a map of the route we took on our walk of Penshaw village. We looked again at the landmarks along the route we took and created miniature models. Finally we created a map of the route and plotted the landmarks onto the map. Some of us challenged ourselves and created a hill for Penshaw Monument, while others decided to paint the open areas around the village. I think you'll agree that we are amazing map makers!!
In our English learning we have begun to look at the features of a recount and will begin our writing about our walk to Penshaw Monument when we come back to school after the holidays.
This week we have completed our own version of the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We wrote our own ending to the story, which included Goldilocks being eaten by the bears, as well as various other traditional tales characters appearing and causing lots of havoc!! Our children's story writing is amazing! Next week we will begin a recount of our visit to Penshaw Monument.
In our topic learning we looked at the history of Penshaw Monument and the children were especially interested in the fact about the boy who fell from the top to his death. Our children do seem to like gruesome tales!
The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Monument and sketched the landmark during their visit. Some of the children have made a fabulous 3D model of Penshaw Monument.
On our walk of the local area we found lots of Penshaw landmarks. We saw a church, a pub, some shops, a care home and a park. We also saw lots of different types of houses, including a bungalow, a semi-detached house, a detached house, cottages and a row of terraced houses.
In our English learning this week we acted out the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears. We had so much fun, as always, when we act out a story. This will also help us when we begin writing our own version of the story next week.
This week we designed and made our own house and included the household items we have been learning about in our vocabulary lessons.
We have been looking at road safety in our topic learning this week. We learnt about safe places to cross a road and how to be safe while crossing a road. We will put this all into practice soon when we go for a walk around our local area.
In our literacy learning we became detectives as we’d had mysterious visitors in our role play area. We found porridge in 3 different sized bowls. We put our heads together and decided it must be the 3 bears. However, there was no sign of Goldilocks!
We have been looking at famous artists who painted houses. We used our sketching skills and painted our versions using water colours.