This Week's Learning

Nursery: This week in literacy we have been reading the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and practicing retelling the story using pictures. We also discussed how the Rainbow Fish’s feeling change throughout the story and why this may be. In maths we have been counting the different amount of scales the rainbow fish has and practicing representing the number using our fingers or by writing the numeral.
Reception: This week in literacy we have been reading the book ‘There’s a Pig up my Nose’. The children have been thinking of their own ideas to help Natalie remove the pig from her nose. The children used their ideas to create a story map and will be using this story map to write captions and the ending of the story. In Maths we have been looking at teen numbers and ordering numbers up to 20. .
Year 1: This week in English, we have begun reading the story ‘Meerkat Mail’ and looking at the main character, Sunny. In particular, we have looked at his emotions and the reasons behind his feelings. In Maths we have been using numicon and dienes to find number bonds. In art we worked very carefully to draw close up drawings of a leopard eye and fur using pastels. In science we researched types of animals. We found out that mammals give birth to live young.
Year 2 :We started our week in English by finishing the story of ‘Dear Polar Bear’. As we read it, we marked on a map where in the word each of the bears lives and added pictures to show what they looked like and what gift they sent Polar Bear. Our writing focus this week has been thank you letters. In Maths this week, we have been learning about position and direction, and using clockwise and anti-clockwise turns. We have thought about forward and backward movement, and describing the movements that we can make. We have journeyed through mazes and described the paths that we chose to take using mathematical vocabulary. .
Year 3: In maths this week, children have been learning the formal written method for subtraction. Using dienes and pictures, they have explored how to complete a calculation when you need to ‘exchange’ between the units, tens and hundreds. In English children have looked in detail at the threats that sea creatures face (overfishing, pollution, plastic, global warming) and have used persuasive language and rhetorical questions as a way to convince humans to change their behaviour.
Year 4: English this week has seen us continue with our work on the rainforest. We began by looking at an example of a letter trying to persuade the reader to stop deforestation. The lessons have been closely linked to guided reading where we have looked at the features of persuasive writing – including rhetorical questions and emotive language. We built upon these skills across the week which ended with us writing our own letters using everything we had learnt. In Maths we have focused on time. We re-capped our knowledge of the hands of a clock and the time intervals, how they are represented and the different forms they take. We then accurately drew times onto a blank clock before ending the week understanding the difference with 12 and 24 hour clocks. .
Year 5:This week in maths Year 5 have been working on division problems; using counters to represent numbers on a place value chart. In English we have been writing our exciting descriptive stories about a tiger roaming the jungle. We have been focusing on using a range of descriptive features for effect. Homework: Have a go at the interactive games on division on the link below. Remember to learn your weekly spellings and to read every day.
Year 6: In English this week, we have been using our visit to watch ‘The Lion King’ musical as a stimulus for our writing. We have discussed the experience and generated language (including extended noun phrases) around the subject. We have begun to write a descriptive recount of the day. In Maths, we have been continuing our learning around the four operations as well as learning about angles on straight lines, points and in shapes. In Science, we have been studying evolution by looking at the adaptations of different animals in different environments. We have also begun our Science topic of Evolution and Inheritance by looking closely at fossils and what we can learn from them.
Sycamore Class: This week we have been continuing our story of ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you see?’ This week we have been focusing on structuring and writing sentences from the book. In maths we have been focusing on shape. We have been finding 2d and 3d shapes in the environment – we even found some in our playground! This week we have been learning about Ghana, we were able to find the country on a map and learnt about different animals that live there. We also used different materials to make a collage of a lion. In order to support our independence and understanding of the world, we rode the bus down to the end of Alnwick Road. The children had fun pointing out different buildings along the way. The children and parents were hands on with preparing the vegetables and then chopping, slicing and cutting. The kitchen smelt amazing and the soup was very delicious at the end.Well done to parents and children!