A spectacular, science filled week we have had this week! We have had such a lovely week filled with fantastic science activities and a beautiful nature walk to get us inspired for our English and for our future science learning. Look below to find out what we have been learning about this week.
In our Maths learning, we have been doing some quite tricky Maths! We have been learning about equal and unequal groups. We have then used our learning of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, to help add equal groups, to create repeated addition sentences. Not only have we done this, we have then learnt about a new concept called arrays - an arrangement of objects in columns and rows. I have some arrays below - can you tell me how many rows there are? How many are in each row? What addition sentence could you write about this array?
In our English learning. We have been working on understanding poetry a bit more by focusing on rhyme. We have tried hard to create rhyming sentences that rhyme with a sentence. We created some fantastic rhymes such as "What can you a see on a wall?" "I can see a tree that is tall." We then innovated our poem by changing one stanza of the poem to be about what can we feel in a garden. The children came up with some fantastic ideas, which they then wrote about in pairs on Friday. Next week, we will use our garden walk to the Little Garden in our HOT WRITES next week. Below is a picture of our innovate. Can you tell your grown-up the sentences for this stanza of our poem?
We have done so much science this week! In our science learning, we have moved on from the senses to look at animals. We learnt that vertebrate animals (animals with a backbone) can be classified into 5 different groups; mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. We used a really fun song to help us remember the 5 different groups which I have put on here as the children loved the song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9ptHAClC4Q This song is really good as it explains the differences between the 5 groups in such a fun way.
We also learnt about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We learnt that carnivores eat other animals and meat, herbivores eat plants and omnivores eat both animals and plants. To engage the children in this, the children learnt that to find out if an animal is a carnivore, herbivore and omnivore, we can look inside the animal's "sample" to find out what it had eaten to determine what group that animal belongs too. The children had to investigate and prod these "samples" and the smell was rather pungent! The children looked at owl, shark, frog, tortoise and bear poo! Which sample belonged to a carnivore, omnivore and herbivore? Can you tell your grown-up what you discovered in each animal sample? Just to clarify, it was not real poo!
Little Garden Walk
As you may know, the children went to explore the Little Garden, which belongs to Mrs Little. A massive thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped walk with us to and from the garden, and got to experience the trip with us, we thoroughly appreciate it! The children went as we are about to start our next science unit on plants and trees, and they also went to help inspire us for our nature poems next week. The children behaved beautifully and they loved seeing all the different flowers and quirky things in the garden. The children took the photos themselves! Here are some pictures below. Can you spot what is in each photo?
Phonics Real and Nonsense Words
Have a lovely weekend, one more week till the half term!