Autumn 2017 - Me and My World
This term we have been focusing on Me and My World. Over the summer holidays, we collected photographs and mementos that represented our memories and have been writing about our lives. We have been thinking about our location in the world and what life is like in the UK.
We are weather forecasters!
We have been learning about compass points and linking them to our knowledge of UK weather. We hope you enjoy some of the fruits of our labour!
This term, our topic is called 'Where my wellies take me'.
The main focus is on farming and what better way to introduce this than the mobile farm visit to school? It was a huge success and both animals and children were extremely well behaved!
The children wrote recounts about the visit and facts about the animals. They have labelled particular features on animal pictures. In Literacy we will be learning more about the features of non-fiction texts, making notes as we research, reading and writing poetry and writing stories. We have some great fiction and non-fiction texts connected to farming, which will be used as models for the children to work from.
We will be thinking about the meaning of Harvest. Why do we celebrate Harvest? What does Harvest mean for farmers? These are some of the questions which we will consider.
Our topic this term is called 'Our Watery World'.
As always, Mrs Taylor has been working hard to create a fantastic environment in the outdoor area. If you should have any snorkels, flippers, toy boats, toy fish or sea creatures and beach towels which you are happy for us to use in the outdoor area, they would be most gratefully received!
We thought it would be nice to have a dinghy in the reading corner in which children could sit and read, so again, if anyone has one which we could loan we would be delighted!
The children have already been surprised to learn that there is more sea than land. The topic started with a Geography focus. We have established that the United Kingdom is surrounded by water, and consists of several islands, which is why we are also called the British Isles. We have learnt the names of the seas which surround our island and will also learn the names of the main oceans of the world.
Please encourage your child to locate any places you may visit on a map.
Our topic this term is called 'An African Safari.'
We were most surprised to discover that a monkey has made his home in The Burrow classroom. As he is friendly and has promised not to make any more big messes in our classroom, we have decided to look after him for a while.
Mrs Taylor has been working hard to create an African environment in the role play area. If you have any books or artifacts from Africa which you are happy to share or loan to The Burrow, they would be most gratefully received. Likewise if you know of anyone who has spent time in Africa and would be happy to share their experience with us, please let us know.
We have started the topic with a focus on African wildlife. The children will be using books and the Internet to research facts about monkeys and will then make a monkey fact file. We will also finding out and writing about elephants. We will be looking at the features of non-fiction texts to help us with the organisation and presentation of our work. Please read some non-fiction books at home, looking at the contents, index, glossary and reading the captions and labels too. Practise looking up a specific piece of information by using the contents and/or index pages.
Our topic this term was entitled 'A Basketful of Memories'.
The class have been thinking about their own memories and considering how they have already changed in their short life time.
There are many opportunities here for cross-curricular work as we think back as far as one hundred years ago. We will be comparing and contrasting various aspects of life long ago with the present day – clothing, food, homes, schooling, daily life and touching very briefly and sensitively on the First World War.
The children will be making time lines of their own life.
We will also be making simple family trees. If any grandparents are willing to share a game/toy/skill which they remember from their childhood days, we would love to hear from you.
Our topic this term -
Up until now we have been concentrating on growing things but we will move on to learning about the visitors to gardens and in particular, bees, to take us up to the end of the summer term.
There have been many areas of Science covered so far. The children have learnt about the parts of a seed. They have watched broad beans growing in a jar, making observations of progress in a Bean Diary. They have dissected plants and learnt the names of the different parts and their functions. Mrs Clouston has kindly taken children to help do the gardening around school and Mr Perkins has also offered his expertise.
Thank you so much for the many donations of gardening items. The children are busy growing seeds and learning more about how plants grow. We hope the paved area outside our classroom will soon boast a host of flowers and vegetables.
You can help your child by growing some seeds at home, gardening together and learning how to identify flowers and weeds.
Our Space Project - Autumn 2013
Pole to Pole