Turtles Learning Blog
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.
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.
The children looked at a variety of Aboriginal art work. 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 art work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In numeracy, we have been focusing on division. We have also been learning about ordinal and odd and even numbers.
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.
Turtles had great fun learning all about Halloween. We discovered lots of interesting facts, made spooky smoothies and created some great art work.
In literacy, we have been acting out stories linked to castles, finding facts and information. Also, we have been describing knights and castles.
In numeracy, this half term we have been focusing on measuring and multiplication. We have also been practicing our basic skills.