Saturday, 28 February 2015

WB: 23.2.15.

It was lovely to see the children back after their half term holidays and hear about all the things they got up to. The children have shown lots of enthusiasm for our new topic on ‘Toys’ and were excited when we visited the Hertford Toy Museum on Tuesday. Whilst at the museum the children attended a workshop called ‘Nelly’s Toy Box’. Nelly was the granddaughter of the founder of the museum. The children enjoyed exploring some of the old toys that Nelly would have played with such as a jack in the box, a yo-yo, a Diablo, a cup and ball, a spinning top, an old fashioned music tin, a zoetrope and many more! The adults had lots of fun at the museum as well!

In English the children have gained confidence using a range of non-fiction texts. They have been using the contents page, index and glossary to gather information about toys from the past.

In Maths the children have been finding out about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have been exploring how many sides, corners, faces, edges and vertices different shapes have.

In RE the children used role-play to act out the parts of the Mass.

In Science the children had lots of fun exploring the building properties of straw.  The children worked in groups and took on the role as predictors, investigators and explorers to find out the best way to make a house. Afterwards, a hairdryer was used to see which house could not be ‘huffed’ and ‘puffed’ down! 

On Friday the children ran brilliantly when they participated in the house cross-country. Well done to all children!

Next week it is fair trade week and there have been activities planned around this. On Thursday it is World Book Day and I am sure the children are very excited about dressing us as a favourite book character!
Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, 13 February 2015

WB: 9.2.15.

Cannot quite believe we are at the end of our half term already. The children have had a busy couple of weeks.
In English the children have been writing instructions. They have had been focussing on punctuation in their work and using capital letters and exclamation marks to represent shouting in sentences. This week they were given the task of writing a story pretending that they were explorers. The children had to think about the beginning, middle and end of their story and include one of the animals that we have been learning about. As you can imagine we had some wonderful stories. However, for some of the explorers a happy ending was not to be and they were gobbled up by some of the animals they met!
In Maths the children have been looking at numbers up to 100 and thinking about how many tens and ones there are in a 2 or 3 digit number. (ones is now the language we use for units). We have also been doing lots of work using the 100 bead strings and getting the children confident counting in 10s. The beads have also been helpful for enabling the children to count on to find the difference between two numbers.

In RE last week we began our new topic on ‘Meals’. The children talked about their favourite meal and then we thought about how Jesus shared the special meal with his friends.
In Science the children have had lots of fun comparing different types of materials and the way they affect the movement of cars. After their investigations they recorded their results on a bar chart using hand spans as a measure.

Next half term we begin our new topic on ‘Toys’. On Tuesday we will visit the Hertford Toy Museum. We hope this will provide the children with lots of enthusiasm and inspiration for our new topic.
Over the half term holidays the children have been asked to think about their favourite toys and find some information about it for homework. Each child has been given a template so information can be recorded on it.

My favourite toy
What material is it made from?
Where was it made?
Is it an old or new toy?

In English we will be looking at information texts. In Maths we will be revisiting 2D shape and exploring 3D shapes. In History we will focus on toys from the past and discuss how toys have changed over the years.
In Science we will be continuing to focus on ‘Materials’ and this links well with our topic as we will be talking about the different materials that old and new toys are made from.
In preparation for our design and technology lessons we are collecting ‘shoe boxes’ to make and store our playgrounds in. If you have any of these at home then we would be most grateful if you could send them in.

We have had a very enjoyable half term and the children have worked hard so I am sure they are ready for a well-earned break. Happy holidays!