Reaching for the Stars with Aspiration and Hope
Class 2 have loved learning about dinosaurs and the stone age in our topic this term. The children managed brilliantly in getting their mouths round the complicated names of dinosaurs to learn The Dinosaur Song which they performed in assembly and to parents at our launch. The children have explored drawing on pieces of paper under tables to understand some of the difficulties stone age people must have encountered when painting in caves and finally used pastels to produce some lovely replica cave artwork. We have learnt about how the continents of the world were all joined as Pangea in the time of dinosaurs, explored a map of the United Kingdom to find where dinosaur fossils were discovered and mad top trump cards recording the relative strengths of different dinosaurs.
Many children have brought in their own rocks and fossils and we have to carried out experiments on different rocks to find out how they react to vinegar ( a mild acid), how hard they are and how porous they different rocks are. The children are learning how igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks are formed. This was all brought to life by a brilliant and fascinating afternoon when Joseph's grandad brought in his own collection and shared his knowledge about rocks and fossils.
In English we have been reading Stone Age Boy which has been a catalyst for the children's writing. They have written instructions to make stone age tools and weapons and are writing an information book all about the Stone Age.
In maths we have used lots of practical equipment to enhance our understanding of the number system and place value.
We're looking forward to our next book, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and learning how life changed during the Iron Age.
Reaching for the Stars with Hope and Aspiration
We have had a busy varied term. The children have enjoyed developing and writing their own stories inspired by Red Riding Hood and The Red Dragon of Wales. Just before half term they really developed their skills identifying rhyming, alliteration and onomatopoeias and used these to write poems about a whole variety of animals.
On Fridays the children have really enjoyed their art work with Miss Blewitt and produced superb pictures of wolves and dragons linked to our stories. These pictures are displayed on our board in the corridor.
The children have been using the internet and books to develop their geography skills both in our topic work and reading with Mrs Hankin and Mrs Green. They have shown a really good understanding about the water cycle, how beaches are formed and how mountains are formed. They have used atlases to identify these on maps
We have had some great musical experiences this term. The children have loved playing 'Iwent to the Animal Fair' on our new ukeleles and had a great drumming session with Becky Davies.
We can't wait for visit to the Cotwold Wildlife park to develop our learning in science about animals and this will also trigger our non fiction writing about animals and where they come from.