Turtles Learning Blog

2019-2020 Learning Blog
 
We will update this page regularly with information and photos of us learning.
2018 - 2019  Learning Blog

Term 3.2

Topic - Street Detectives

 

This half term our topic is Street Detectives. In computing we used Google Maps to search for familiar places and our addresses. Also, we have looking at different kinds of homes from around the world.

Life Skills

 

This half term we have been focussing on Life Skills. We have been looking at some scenarios and knowing how to get help in an emergency and calling 999. We have also been learning about keeping ourselves safe and how to spot dangers and hazards around the home.

English – Term 3.2

 

In English we have been focusing on our letters and sounds and using our phonic knowledge to write our words independently. Also, we have been exploring the key features of a postcard and sequencing the story Katie Morag Delivers the Mail.

The Great Fire of London

 

In English, the children have enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London and finding out lots of interesting fact. Also, the children had great fun performing the song London’s Burning.

Maths – Term 3.2

 

In Maths we have been looking at multiplication and division. The children have been using a variety of resources to support their learning.

Term 3.1

Topic – Scented Garden

 

This half term our topic was called Scented Garden. We have been developing our understanding of plants and how they grow. Also, we have learnt lots of interesting facts in science about plants. The children also enjoyed planting a variety of seeds and bulbs.

English – Term 3.1

 

In English we have read the story Jack and the Beanstalk. We used lots of amazing adjectives to describe the characters. Also, we have been focusing on our punctuation.

Maths – Term 3.1

 

In maths we have been learning about position and direction, the children gave directions to each other and used positional language. Also, we have been looking at different methods to record and present data by using pictograms, tally charts and bar graphs.

 

 

 

Term 2.2

Topic – Potions

 

This half term our topic was called Potions. We have been learning about William Shakespeare and have discovered lots of interesting facts. Also, we have looked  at properties and changes of materials in science.

English – Term 2.2

 

In English this term we have reading an extract from Alice in Wonderland and predicted what would happen next in the story. Also, we have be acting out the story of Romeo and Juliet and thought about how we could change the ending of the story. The children thought of some brilliant endings.

 

Maths – Term 2.2

 

In Maths this term we have focusing on capacity. We have using the language full; half full and empty and predicting what container could hold more. Also, we have been working on subtraction focusing on using different strategies.

Science Week – March 2019

 

During Science Week we looked at some images of dinosaurs and then created our own dinosaurs using modelling clay.

English – Term 2.1

 

In English this term we have been looking at a variety of instruction texts and have been focusing on imperative verbs. We have been writing instructions on how to make a sandwich and how to take care of fish.

Maths – Term 2.1

 

In Math’s this term we will be focusing number, including addition and fractions. We will also be using Numicon to support our learning.

 

Term 2.1

Topic - Beachcombers

 

This half term our topic is called Beachcombers. We will be getting a fish tank in our classroom and make posters about how to keep our beaches clean. In science we will look at food chains and which materials we can recycle.

 Aboriginal Art

 

The children looked at a variety of Aboriginal artwork. We discussed the different colours and the technique used to create these images. We used warm colours and used the technique of finger painting to create our own fantastic pieces of artwork.

English – Term 1.2

 

In English, we read the story of Robin Hood and discussed what characters were heroes or villains. Also, we have been looking at autobiographies and biographies. The children wrote their own autobiographies and then researched some facts about Florence Nightingale and wrote a biography about her.

Maths – Term 1.2

 

In Maths we have been focusing measurement and how to measure in both non -standard and standard units. The children created their own Superheroes using 2D shapes and used rulers to measure the height and width of their Superheroes.

We have also revisited 2D and 3D shapes. Some of us have been creating repeating patterns using 2D shapes and others have been identifying and describing 3D shapes, including the number of edges, vertices and faces.

Term 1. 2

Topic – Heroes and Villains

 

This half term our topic was called Heroes and Villains. We have been looking at King John and have even created our own Magna Cartas as well as finding out about Florence Nightingale. Also, we have been looking at seasonal changes in science.

St Andrews Day

 

On 30th November it was St Andrews day. We learnt lots of interesting facts and even made some delicious shortbread.

Anti-Bullying Week

 

During Anti – Bullying week we looked at all the different types of bullying and acted out different scenarios. Then discussed how we would feel and what we could do for each scenario. Also, we worked together to create a recipe for friendship and wrote kind words about our friends.

Term 1.1
English
 

We have read a variety of fiction books about time capsules, dreams and memories in literacy. We read Grandpa Green and used adjectives to describe Grandpa’s memories. We watched Inside Out and explored different emotions. Also, the children acted out a story about a time capsule.

Term 1.1
Maths
 

In Maths, we have been learning about the value of different coins and even solving money problems. We have been developing our understanding of telling the time and we even made our clocks to support us with identifying different times of the day e.g.  lunch time and dinner time. We have also been exploring 2D and 3D shapes.

During our Maths lesson we visited the local shop. We wrote a shopping list of all the ingredients we needed to bake our cakes. When we got to the shop, we found the items on the list and wrote down how much item each cost.  Then we paid for our shopping by identifying the correct coins.

We have also been exploring our measuring skills. Together we followed a recipe and  used the measuring scales to weigh the correct amount of each ingredient.

Term 1.1
Topic -  Memory Box
 

This terms topic was called Memory Box. We have been learning about  the evolution and inheritance in Science. We have also been very creative and created our own Memory Boxes which we have added photos of when we were younger and shared our special memories with each other.

Memory Box Assembly
 

At the end of term, Turtles performed their Memory Box assembly. The children shared their family portraits and memories and even sang the song We Are Family. All the children remembered their lines and spoke clearly. Well done Turtles!

Art Work
Science Egg Challenge
 

The children had a challenge to create a container that would protect an egg from cracking or breaking from a high fall. They were given a variety of materials to make their container and to protect the egg. After they had designed their container, they placed the egg inside their container. We then went outside to test their design. Miss Easthope dropped the eggs from the same height. After the children looked to see if their egg was still intact and then we discussed what worked and what didn’t work. Everyone had great fun!

Learning Blog 2017 - 2018
Term 3.2
Topic - Brazil

Our topic this half term was Brazil. We have learnt about the Amazon Rainforest and the animals that live there. We even created our own Rainforest!

 
 
Term 3.2
Literacy

In Literacy, we have been learning the key features of a newspaper report and even writing our own newspaper reports on African animals invading the classroom and trees crushing the school minibus. The children thought of some great headlines and have been adding lots of details about who, what, where, why and how.  Some of us have also been using quotes!

We have also been focusing on our letters and sounds and using our phonic knowledge to write our words independently.

Term 3.2
Numeracy
 
In numeracy, we have been learning about place value and partitioning two and three-digit numbers. We have also been developing our understanding of telling the time to the hour and half past the hour.
Term 3.1
Topic - Scrumdiddlyumptious!
 
We have been doing lots of work on chocolate and food, in particular healthy fruits and vegetables. We have also done some baking and making our own chocolate bars and designing our own wrappers. We have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate factory and we visited Cadbury world. We also visited a supermarket to buy ingredients for making our own healthy picnic in Canon Hill park. We also create our own delicious fruit smoothies.  
 
Term 3.1
Literacy
 
In Literacy we have been writing our own recipes. We have also been writing food reviews, and focusing on creating interesting similes. We even explored writing newspaper reports this half term. 
Term 3.1
Numeracy
 
In Numeracy we have been working hard on our number work. We have been working on our number recognition of numbers to 100 and beyond. We have been adding and subtracting using a number line, 100 square and using the column method. We have really impressed our teachers with our superb number work this half term. 

Term 2.2

Topic – Houses and Homes

 

Our topic this half term was Houses and Homes. The children have learnt about different kinds of houses and homes and looked at different houses around the world. They have also made different homes using construction.

Term 2.2

Literacy

 

In literacy this have term we have been focusing on our letters and sounds and using our phonic knowledge to write our words independently. We have also been identifying rhyming words and continuing rhyming strings.

Term 2.2

Numeracy

 

In numeracy we have been learning about fractions and using different methods such as sharing and grouping. Also, we have been recognising different coins and the value they represent.

Term 2.1
 
Topic: Bright Lights, Big City
 

Our topic this half term was Bright Lights, Big City. The children found out all about London, including transport and famous landmarks. We discovered lots of interesting facts about the Queen and her family and wrote letters inviting the Queen for tea. We had lots of fun making cucumber and jam sandwiches and even decorated our own biscuits.

 
 

Term 2.1

Literacy

 

In Literacy this half term we have been reading and writing instructions using imperative verbs. The children sequenced pictures on how to make a cup of tea and then wrote they own set of instructions.

Term 2.1

Numeracy

 

In numeracy, we have been focusing on division. We have also been learning about ordinal and odd and even numbers.

 
 
Term 1.2
 
Topic: Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
 

Our topic this half term is Towers, Tunnels and Turrets. The children will be learning all the different parts of a castle, all about castle life. We have also made our own castle from boxes and other materials.

October 2017   
 
Halloween

 

Turtles had great fun learning all about Halloween. We discovered lots of interesting facts, made spooky smoothies and created some great art work.

 
 
 
Term 1.1
 
Topic: Mud Mess and Mixture
 
 
Turtles have been getting messy this half term. We have enjoyed getting sticky fingers making lots of nasty mixtures and potions, just like the ones in Georges Marvelous Medicine. We have also been doing lots of fun experiments using a wide range of equipment, ingredients and critical thinking!
 
Term 1.2
 
Literacy

 

In literacy, we have been acting out stories linked to castles, finding facts and information. Also, we have been describing knights and castles.

 
 
Term 1.2
 
Numeracy
 

In numeracy, this half term we have been focusing on measuring and multiplication. We have also been practicing our basic skills. 

2016-2017 Learning blog
 Literacy - Moon Zoom!
 
In literacy, this half term we have been reading a variety of fiction books about space and aliens. The children have been sequencing stories, writing their own space stories and describing characters.
 
 
Numeracy
 
In numeracy, we have been focusing on addition, multiplication and division. We have also been learning about capacity and weight.
Topic - Moon Zoom!
 
This term's topic was called Moon Zoom! The children learned about the solar system and made Paper Mache planets. We also made own alien puppets and used a range of junk materials to create a space rocket.
Literacy - Dinosaur Planet
 
Turtles have enjoyed reading lots of stories about dinosaurs. The children especially enjoyed the story Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and had lots of fun re telling the story through drama.
Numeracy
 
In numeracy, we have been learning how to tell the time and solving problems with money. We have also been learning about position and directions, the children gave directions to their friends and used the language forwards, backwards, left and right.
Topic  - Dinosaur Planet
 
This term's topic was called Dinosaur Planet. The children discovered lots of interesting facts about dinosaurs. They made dinosaur fossils from salt dough and used a range of junk materials to create their own dinosaurs.
Literacy – Land Ahoy!
 
Turtles have enjoyed reading lots of stories about Pirates. They children had lots of fun re telling the stories through drama. Also, the children used a story mountain to sequence the events of a story and to plan their own pirate stories.
Numeracy
 
In numeracy, we have been learning about place value and partitioning two and three digit numbers. We have also used and variety of methods to add and subtract numbers such as Numicon, hundred squares and the column method.
Topic - Land Ahoy!
 
This term's topic was called Land Ahoy! The children discovered lots of interesting facts about famous pirates and designed their own treasure maps. They also tested a variety of materials to make a pirate ship and made predictions on how much treasure we could put on the ship before it sank.
Literacy - Paws, Claws and Whiskers
 
This half term we read ‘Rumble in the Jungle’. We read the poems and identified all the adjectives to describe the animals. Then we had a go at writing our own poems and the children had lots of fun performing their poems to the rest of the group. We also read Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson, the children found rhyming words and wrote their own stories about a crime that the Detective Dog had solved.
Numeracy
 
This half term, we have focusing on fractions by finding half and a quarter of shapes and numbers. We have also revisited multiplication, division and shapes. Also, we have been exploring capacity and using meter sticks and rulers to measure lengths.
Topic – Paws, Claws and Whiskers.
 
This terms topic was called Paws, Claws and Whiskers. The children learned about the different habitats, nocturnal animals and categorising animals into groups. The children also created some fantastic art work using pastels.
Autumn Term 1.1
Our Super Selves
 
We have settled in brilliantly and have spent time thinking about how we are unique and talented.