We have made a fantastic start to the half term, learning poems and performing them to other people. Keep an eye out for the videos of our performances, which will appear soon. As part of our learning, we have been to the library where we heard poems read by a local author and had the opportunity to join in with reading them. Our poems have been linked to Halloween and Bonfire Night. We will be taking inspiration from this visit and writing our own poems.
As a Rights Respecting School, we have been focusing on our right to be protected from harm and how we can be respectful of this. We have discussed how we can keep ourselves and others safe around bonfires and fireworks.
We had a visit from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, informing us about how we can protect and others in case of an emergency. Some of us were dressed in uniform as part of our role play. Take a look at the photos below.
Here are some of the questions we asked:
When did you start working for the fire service?
How do you become a firefighter?
Do you help people?
What did you do on Bonfire Night?
How do you protect people from harm?
How many hours do you work?
What do you do in your fire station?
How does the hose work?
Is there an emergency alarm in the fire station?
Do you like helping people?
Next, we will be reading traditional tales and comparing the similarities between the characters. The children will be given the opportunity to express their understanding through role play. Also, we will be discussing and writing instructions in a chronological order.
In Maths, we will be learning to add and subtract two digit numbers, using place value. We will be using words including: digits, tens, ones, largest, smallest and between. We will also be continuing to learn our 2x, 5x and 10x multiplication facts. To help your child learn to tell the time, please ask them questions about the days of the week and months of the year. They will also be using words including: o'clock, half past, hour, minutes and seconds.
In Science, we will be learning about the growth of plants and will plant will plant seeds. We will investigate the growth of our plants and learn about the plant life cycle.
The week beginning Monday 5th November, we celebrated Engineering Week, where we were set the challenge to design a bridge that could hold the most amount of weight. We looked at pictures of famous bridges and what materials had been used in their making; how they had built support into their designs and decided which we thought would be the strongest. We then designed our own before using straws to build them in groups. We also had an online interview with an engineer, where we asked lots of questions about the job. On Friday 9th November, we had an engineering fair, where parents came in to watch the competition to see which bridge could hold the most weight.
The winners were COOL DESIGNERS at a magnificent 2kg.
In Art, we have been investigating lines and marks outside and using what we have found to draw shapes from observations.
In ICT this half term the children will be learning about coding. They will be creating and debugging simple programs in order to understand that algorithms are a series of steps or instructions.