This week in Team JF we have continued our work on learning to tell the time. Last week we started with o'clock, half past and quarter to/past which as a class we completed with ease. We used our own small clocks and practiced lots of different times. As well as this we learnt how to write time by looking at the teacher clock at the front and jotting down the time on our whiteboards. This week we moved on to telling the time to 5 minutes. We learnt that although the minute hand might be pointing at a number on the clock, it can also mean minutes past or to something even if it doesn't say it.
We have been learning about living and non-living things this week in science. First we discussed what we thought made something living and Team JF concluded that something must be able to move to be living. Next, we watched a science video explaining to us that for something to be living it must be able to grow and have energy. This made us think, that a tree or a flower doesn't but it definitely does grow. On our desks we had lots of images of things like toys, animals, plants and cars, we sorted them into living and non-living piles and discussed why we put them there.
This week in maths Team JF have continued learning about shape. We moved on from 2d shapes and into exploring 3d shapes! We started the week by handling, identifying and learning the names of these new shapes. From this we moved into the numbers of vertices and faces each shape has. The children have worked incredibly hard this week to master this skill and have made excellent progress in their learning!
Next week we will move onto time!
In literacy this week we have started our new unit of learning! This is linked with our science topic of animals and plants at the seaside. We were so excited and eager to find out more about this topic we decided to write our very own non fiction pieces to inform ourselves and others about life in this place. To begin with we unpicked the features of non fiction pieces and what we needed to include in our own writing. From this we recapped some of the grammatical skills required to make ours fantastic! Next week we will plan our informative pieces and be ready to write!
This week Team JF started a new unit of learning- shape. To begin with we looked at a variety of 2d shapes and discussed what they look like and their names. Once we were familiar with these we were able to identify some properties. For this, we had to look really carefully at what made them that shape. Team JF were absolutely amazing at this and focused on the number of sides each shape had and the number of vertices. As our learning continued, we began sorting shapes in a variety of ways.
As always, Team JF have worked their socks off and amazed me with their knowledge! After the holidays we will move into 3d shapes.
Over the past couple of weeks Team JF have continued writing their very own stories based on our class book 'Handa's surprise'. This week the children wrote their first drafts including an introduction, problem, solution and ending. They have also worked incredibly hard to include a variety of skills into their pieces such as contractions, prefixes and expanded noun phrases. I am so proud of the children's achievements over the past couple of weeks and they are becoming such talented writers!
Finally, I hope you all have an amazing Easter break!
This week in computing Team JF have continued their learning on Purple Mash. The children logged on independently and were able to edit their profile with ease. From this, we started exploring the ‘topics’ section on the site. The children found our topic ‘The Great Fire of London’ and started creating their own story board adding text and pictures.
Today in Team JF we explored beat and rhythm in music. We first listened to a song and decided what we did and didn’t like about it, we also discussed what instruments we thought might have been in the song. We then got into a circle and made some out our own beats by clapping, stomping and banging. We took it in turns to listen to one another’s beat and rhythm and then copied what we heard. We focused on our timing to make sure our beat sounded the best it could be. Next we copied some funny dancing animals on the smartboard to explore the rhythm.
This half terms focus enquiry is observation over time. In Team JF we decided to observe changes to cress plants and what the best condition for them to grow in could be. We each planted our own cress plant, using seeds, cotton wool and a plant pot. Next, each table was given a condition to grow their plant in: blue table had no light, green table were inside, pink table had no water and yellow table were outside. After one week we had a look at our cress plants and found out that yellow tables cress plants grew the best.
This week the fabulous writers in Team JF have embraced the exciting opportunity to teach lots of other wonderful pupils in Park Street. We decided as we had become experts on the subject of 'The Great Fire of London' that we would share our knowledge with others by writing fact files to be placed in our own school library. The children started by exploring nonfiction texts and identifying their features. From this we focused our learning on grammatical features to include in our pieces such as apostrophes for possession and contractions.
We have started the first draft of our pieces and will publish these next week.. Watch this space!
In maths this week we have continued learning all about fabulous fractions! We moved on from halving shapes and into objects. The children's resilience towards their learning this week has really stood out and they were determined to master this tricky concept! As our learning progressed, we moved into splitting shapes into four equal pieces and using the term quarters.
Our learning will continue next week, however, I am sure they will blow me away again with their amazing achievements!
This half term the amazing scientists in Team JF were presented with a problem. They received a letter from some very upset goats pleading for their help! The goats had their bridge destroyed and couldn't get to the field as the mean troll was stopping them!
Team JF knew they had to help! They decided to design the trolls a new bridge to get them across to safety.
The children had to think really carefully about the design of their bridge to ensure it was suitable to cross. First we looked at a range of designs from curved, straight, narrow and wide bridges. From this we studied the materials they were made from and started our creations!
This week Team JF have been working incredibly hard to understand the concept of division. We started the week understanding the word equal and what this is and what it is not. We were then able to start by using practical resources to make an amount and share them equally. As our understanding grew, the division symbol was introduced and we began to unpick what this means and read calculations together. The children were then able to apply this into written form and read, write and solve their own calculations independently.
Once again they have worked incredibly hard this week and their 'can do' attitudes have really shine through!
This week Team JF have completed their amazing newspaper report on The Great Fire of London! The children have thoroughly enjoyed writing this piece and have truly done an amazing job! They can all definitely tell you a thing or two about life during this time!
As the children completed their drafts they moved into using their purple pens to edit and improve their writing. From this they published their pieces using their very best handwriting and even remembered to write in columns!
Look out for their writing out on display!
This week in Team JF we have been exploring money. The children have worked incredibly hard to identify the range of coins we use and explain their value. From this, we moved into recognising and using notes. As our learning progressed and the children became comfortable with this skill, we were able to start counting! Finally our week ended by opening our very own shop! We had to decided the object we would like to buy and get the correct amount for this.
The children have been amazing and I'm sure they will be asking to count money at home too!
Wow what a week! This week in literacy we have started a very exciting new unit of learning. We have decided to share the breadth of knowledge we have of our history topic 'The Great Fire of London' with you all in the form of a newspaper report. We started by identifying features we need to use in our own and focused on how to recognise, read and write expanded noun phrases. We will continue our learning next week but make sure you are keeping an eye on the drive as we will be sharing these with you very soon!
This week Team JF have started our new scheme of learning. We started off by discussing key vocabulary of computing such as login and passwords. We then discussed the importance of this information and how we could handle it. The children received their new login details and were able to log onto the system independently. When we were on, we created our own avatar to use on our profile going forward.
The children really enjoyed their learning and can't wait to see what's in store for them next!
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