We have had another exciting half-term of learning! Our topic was ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ so we have been learning about space and space travel. We have read lots of books together starting with our class book Dr Xargle and his strange school for aliens where they learned about how to look after human babies. We then decided to write our own non-fiction reports to help the aliens understand how to look after dogs and cats. Our books have inspired our writing and we used Man on the Moon to write a diary for the main character Bob.
Our Space Cadet Day was a great success and we were so impressed by the children’s costumes! They made some amazing jet packs and space shuttles from junk.
In Science we have carried on investigating materials and thinking about their properties. We conducted many experiments such as seeing which materials would be most absorbent, waterproof and which materials would float / sink.
In History we have been finding out about the lives of significant people. We looked at Neil Armstrong and the moon landings and we compared Mae Jemison who was the first African American woman in space. This linked to another of our books ‘Look Up!’ about a little girl who wanted to be an astronaut when she grows up.
In Maths Year 1 have been really busy identifying one more and one less and learning about tens and ones as well as counting in twos and fives. We have been using lots of maths equipment to help us understand and work independently. In Year 2 we looked at money, multiplication and division. We have also used maths equipment to help us but also learnt how to show these representations in our books.
The children always look forward to our international days as it gives everyone the chance to learn about the culture of another country. This half term we concentrated on China and during the day we located the country on the map, read a Chinese folk story, tried some Chinese food and produced some amazing blossom tree art.