Using Directional Language
Today we have been using directional language to direct your friends as 'human robots'. We needed to use the words forwards, backwards, left turn and right turn.
We have been working really hard at home on a variety of tasks. Some of us made models of under the sea animals and other made posters. We shared our learning with each other and learned a lot.
Even our teacher said she learned from us, how cool!
Reading for Meaning and Research.
Our topic this term is Under the Sea. So today we were using our reading skills to learning new information about a chosen animals. We will make some posters soon about our animals.
We have been learning how to read measurement scales and using the language millilitres and litres.
Today we discussed the language associated with capacity and used this to describe the amount of liquid in a variety of containers.
We were also posed this question,
'Which container has the most water in, and why?'
We had some excellent discussions with our friends about our choices which we were encouraged to justify.
Why did we think the red one was the most?
Josh said that it was because the container was the widest
so the water spread out.
Some of us said the green one had the most water.
But most of us thought it was the purple tube as it was nearly full.
However, our teacher had tricked us again!
All the containers has the same amount of liquid in them!
She is naughty!
Today we started thinking about our own a Tiddler stories.
In the story Tiddler gives lots of excuses as to why he is always
late for school.
In our Literacy lesson today was worked in small groups to come up
with new reasons for Tiddler's lateness.
We were given eight new under the sea creatures and had
to think how these animals could have been involved.
We had fabulous ideas!
Sorry I'm late, I was dancing with a mermaid.
Sorry I'm late, I was racing with a dolphin.
Sorry I'm late, I was stung by a jellyfish.
Sorry I'm late, I was poked by a pufferfish.
Working together helps us to gather more ideas for our writing.
We share our great ideas with our friends.
Science - Parts of a Plant
In Science today we learned all about the different parts of a plant. We looked at real plants and what each part did.
What is the job of the roots?
Why do plants have leaves?
What is the job of the stem?
We made our own plant collages with lots of different materials.
We think they look great!
Story Telling with Tiddler
In Literacy we have been reading the story Tiddler. It is about is little fish who is always late for school. He gives his teacher lots of excuses some of which might not be the truth.
Our teacher shortend the story so that we could story map it. A story map is a way of learning a story by heart, we read the map of pictures and use actions to help us to remember it. Next week we will change some of the text map and then write our own stories independently.
We had a little boys v girls competition to see who was the best at retelling our longest story map yet! It was a close race!
In Science we have been learning about plants and what plants need to grow. We have already planted some courgettes, sunflowers and peas which have started to grow in their pots.
Today we thought about how the place to put your plant pots impacts on their growth. Our plants are on the windowsill. Our teacher put them their because it is a warm place in our classroom. Lots of sunlight comes through the window and we can easily reach them to keep them watered. However, what would happen if we tried to grow a plant in the cupboard, or even the fridge!
Today we worked in groups to make predictions as to what will happen if we did put our plants in different places. We have planted some runner beans, what will happen next?
Today we began looking at positional language. We needed to work in groups and demonstrate our understanding of different words which describe position. Some of these words were, above, below, next to, on top, underneath and behind.
We worked in groups to act out each word.
As part of our Under the Sea topic we have been doing a lot of descriptive writing linked to Finding Nemo. We have looked at character descriptions, thinking about Nemo and Dory. This week we have been looking at the coral reef where a Nemo lives and generating fabulous adjectives to describe all of the things we could see and feel if we were swimming through the sea.
As a class we wrote a text map.
We came up with some wonderful sentences...
. Huge blue manta ray
. Fish swimming smoothly through the ocean
. Salty sea sparkling like blue diamonds.
We are learning our text map and them we will start writing our own descriptive paragraphs.
Whats the time?
This week we have started a new focus in Numeracy, telling the time!
As some of us already knew how to tell o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times they have turned into mini teachers. Our time tellers shared their knowledge to show others how to tell o'clock times. After that these children were challenged with a range of word problems. Others have been revisiting o'clock times to ensure we can tell and make these quickly as well as challenging word problems.
Literacy - Using Adjectives
In Literacy we have been looking at the film Finding Nemo. We have already written character descriptions of Nemo and Dory, but today we were thinking about the setting. We discussed some of our favourite stories and identified their settings.
Today we worked in groups to describe four different story settings -
. Winter wonderland
.Under the sea
We had to think about all of the things we could see and image what we might be able to hear and touch. This helped us to generate adjectives to describe. We will use this to help us to write a description of the coral reef where Nemo lives.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Well it is our first day back to school after the Easter break and we've started our new learning already. In Literacy we began looking at Finding Nemo, this links beautifully with our new topic of Under the Sea. However in Science we will be looking at growing and what plants need to grow and stay healthy. Today we all got a chance to plant some seeds which we hope will grow over the next few weeks. Some of us planted sunflowers, others courgettes and peas. Over the next week we will also plant some runner beans.