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Why do penguins and polar bears never meet? - Autumn

Week ending 11th December 2015

 

We have had a very busy week! We had the pleasure of visiting Eagley Junior School to watch the dress rehearsal for the Year 3 Christmas production. The children thoroughly enjoyed the show and we were incredibly proud of their fantastic behaviour.

 

In our literacy and topic learning this week we have been finding out all about Christingle celebrations. We learned how to make a Christingle and wrote about what each part of the Christingle symbolises. Many children then returned to school on Tuesday evening and taught their families how to make one. We ended the evening singing carols around the Christmas tree.

 

We ended the week with a trip to watch the Panto at The Macron stadium. Eagley children were by far the loudest crowd and had an absolutely fantastic time.

 

Week ending 4th December 2015

 

In Maths lessons this week we have been learning about positional language. We use action figures to create small stories using positional vocabulary and recorded each other's stories using an ipad.

 

At home you can help your child develop their positional vocabulary playing games describing the location of an object.

 

In our English lessons we have been writing stories pretending to be an explorer travelling to the Artic. 

 

At home you can help your child develop their imagination making up stories about travelling around the world. What problems will they face? How can they make their stories exciting?

 

In topic we have been decorating our penguin sculptures and we have created Christmas decorations for our school hall.

Week ending 27th November 2015

 

In Maths lessons this week we have been learning all about fractions. We can find one half of a shape and understand that we have two equal parts that don't always look the same. We have also developed our understanding of quarters as four equal parts in a shape and applied this understanding to compare fractions using the greater than and less than symbols < and >. Using this knowledge we have also found one half and one quarter of different numbers.

 

At home you can help your child by talking about and investigating halves and quarters of numbers and everyday objects such as fruit.

 

 

In our English lessons we have been researching facts about penguins and polar bears. We used the internet as a research tool then wrote a fact file for penguins.  We also developed our understanding of using different conjunctions such as and, so then, because and but to join sentences together and develop our writing skills.

 

At home you can help your child write sentences using their weekly spellings. Can they use different conjunctions?

 

In our topic learning we have been learning about the life cycle of penguins, how polar bears have adapted to life in the polar regions and created our very own sculpture of a penguin.

Week ending 20th November 2015

 

In Maths lessons this week we have been learning how to divide equally and recognising the inverse relationship between multiplication and division. We now understand that sometimes when we divide there are remainders.

 

At home you can help your child share out sweets and fruits equally. Can they record the division and the inverse multiplication?

 

 

 

In our English lessons we have been writing the end of a story about a very lonely and sad polar bear who wants to play with a real friend.

 

At home you can help your child sharing different adventures in story books. Can they suggest how they might change the story? What type of character would they introduce? Can they use adjectives to describe their character and where they travel to?

 

 

In our topic lessons we have been developing our understanding of the sensory experiences in the Arctic and Antarctic.

We have also been making penguins and polar bears.

 

We have also been learning all about the different weather around the world. We used a compass to find magnetic north and talked about travelling around the world. We have developed our understanding that countries near the equator experience warm weather all year and are starting to understand why different seasons occur throughout different parts of the world.

 

Week ending 13th November 2015

 

In Maths lessons this week we have been learning about the inverse operations and developing our confidence in adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers using partitioning. We played a game with our friends to develop our confidence.

 

At home you can help your child create and additions and subtractions and let them show you how to solve the calculations.

 

 

In our English lessons we have been listening to the poem Flanders Fields and making poppies. We walked to the War Memorial on Wednesday 11th November and placed our wreath of poppies on the steps of the memorial. We listened carefully to prayers for the lost soldiers then wrote thoughtful poems. We have concentrated on using fantastic openers to start our sentences and even developed our knowledge and understanding of similes.

 

At home you can help your child improve the start of their sentences for their spelling homework. Can they write a poppy poem for you at home?

 

 

In Topic we had a visit from a young cadet who we interviewed to find out information about being a cadet. We also painted poppy pictures, wrote recounts about our walk to the memorial and we designed and started to create our very own powerpoint presentation slide all about polar bears and penguins.

 

Week ending 6th November 2015

 

In maths we have been estimating, counting in groups, ordering numbers, recognising place value and rounding to the nearest 10. We had lots of fun playing a game called Race to the Summit.

At home you can help your child estimate large amounts and support them by counting in groups of tens and ones. Can they round the number to the nearest 10?

 

In English lessons we have been finding out all about the features of a non chronological report. We have researched all about healthy living and written our very own reports.

At home you can help your child recognise features of reports. Can they find the title, subheadings and talk about the factual information?

 

In our topic we have been finding out all about the importance of healthy living. We have been exercising, making posters about the importance of good hygiene and sorting foods into proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugary foods and dairy foods.

 

We have also had a wonderful time sharing our homework about penguins and polar bears. Thank you for your continued support.

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