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Term Five - Garden Detectives

Term Five
Garden Detectives

Magnifying Glasses at the Ready!

Spring is finally here and it's time to head outside and do some investigating! We will be using stories including 'The Hungry Caterpillar' to develop our spelling and punctuation skills in English, as well as learning about explanation texts linked to minibeasts. In Maths, we will consider the allotment and vegetables that grow in them when we are learning about dividing, fractions and addition and subtraction word problems. We will also be focusing more on our Phonics this term, learning through activities inside and outside the classroom, such as digging for sounds to make words, 'hook a word' and using magnifying glasses to read tiny words! Please continue to hear your child read as this is essential for them to practice their sounding out and blending ahead of our Phonics Screening Check - we know the children will continue to work their socks off!


Other activities linked to our Science, Geography, Art and Design & Technology subjects will involve learning about minibeasts and their habitats, planting broad beans, using the printing technique with fruit and paint, designing and making our very own fruit salad and designing a new garden for the school... we can't wait to get our hands dirty! 


Please continue to view our photo gallery by scrolling down and seeing what we have been up to, including our visit to Sherwood Forest.


Weekly Update:


We hope you all have a lovely half term break, we return to school on Tuesday 23rd April.


Week One

Year 1 have had a very busy start to Term 5! The children wrote about their Easter holiday, it was lovely to hear about what they had been doing! In Maths, we have been learning about division through sharing and grouping equally. The children tried really hard to apply their understanding. We have started our RE lessons, learning about Places of Worship and focusing on Churches this term. We are looking forward to going to St Botolph's Church in May to look at the features of a Church and link this to our Computing learning through using Pic Collage.


Week Two

This week, we have been learning about fractions. We have focused on halving numbers and shapes practically. In English we have been reading the story of The Hungry Caterpillar. The children have really enjoyed innovating the story to create their own version such as The Very Hungry Butterfly! It was lovely to read them. Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!


Week Three

We have had a busy week! We have been learning how to find a quarter in Maths and we have applied our halving and quartering skills to word problems. The children have been working their socks off! In English, we have been asking and answering questions, identifying the question words and using question marks. On Thursday, we walked to St Botolph's Church. Reverend Mark and Reverend Al taught us lots about the church and we used iPads to photograph the features inside and outside. Using these photos, we made a Pic Collage and some of the children labelled the features. All of the children were beautifully behaved and we had a lovely morning. We are looking forward to Reverend Mark coming in next week to answer our questions about him and the church. Watch this space for more details next week! 


Week Four

Year One have been busy bees this week! On Monday Reverend Mark visited us at school and answered all our questions about St Botolph’s Church and his job. We would like to say a special thank you to Reverend Mark and to Reverend Al, they have helped us so much with our RE learning this term! In Maths, we have been applying our addition and subtraction skills to word problems. All the children have been working really hard on listening carefully to the questions and choosing the appropriate method. They have solved some really tricky questions! In English, we have been learning about explanations. At the beginning of the week, the children read an explanation about dragonflies and answered questions. Then, they became bee experts and on Friday, they wrote an explanation about the lifecycle of a bee. The children worked so hard on these! We are so proud of them.

We are looking forward to reading their writing about ants next week!


Week Five

In Maths this week, we have continued to solve addition and subtraction word problems. We also started to use the bar model to help us find the difference. The children have tried so hard to read the question carefully and select the correct operation. In English, we continued to learn about minibeasts, focusing on ants. Our big writing on Tuesday was fantastic! The children had all learnt so much about ants and they enjoyed writing down everything they had learnt.  On Thursday, we had a fantastic day in the sunshine! We started the day by designing a garden and using a key to draw a map. Then, the children planted a sunflower seed and we are looking forward to seeing how much they grow. In the afternoon, the children discovered lots of minibeasts hiding in the garden and did some watering and weeding. Well done everyone! Scroll down for pictures!


We hope you all have a lovely half term break, we return to school on Monday 3rd June.

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