W/C 8th January 2018
Welcome back after a lovely Christmas break. This term we have started a new approach to English and the children have been thoroughly enjoying it. The text that is supporting our work for this unit is 'Wolves in the Walls' by Neil Gaiman. The children are very excited to see what is going to happen to Lucy and the noises in the walls and how this is going to develop their writing. We have used dialogue, complex sentences, present perfect tense and paragraphs this week. See the picture below of our sentence stacking wall with examples of the children's work.
In Maths, we have been looking at multiplication. We started the week by building the 8 times table and discussing what we notice about it and coming up with 'If I know... then I know...' statements. We then did words problems and investigations using the 4 and 8 times tables. By the end of the week we looked at the commutativity law. This means that it does not matter which order the numbers in a multiplication calculation are, the product is the same. For example, 4 x 8 = 32 and 8 x 4 = 32. This will also really help the children to complete their Golden 72 challenge that we do every Friday!
We have started our new topic in Science 'Animals including humans'. We launched the topic by looking at the different food groups and nutrients that we need to have a healthy, balanced diet. We then moved on to looking at the amounts of nutrients humans need and what other animals need and if they are the same or not and why it might be different.
The children loved getting back into their PE lessons this week and enjoyed starting gym this term. For the first lesson of gym the children learnt different positions to put into a sequence. They learnt stretch, star, tuck, straddle and pike. Armstrong class were brilliant at finding different ways to do these positions whether it was on their feet, backs, fronts or side.
Our topic this term is 'Extreme Survival' and to kick the topic off we looked at shelter and the importance of it. The children then had fun exploring different ways they can build a shelter from cardboard boxes, different materials and what they could find in the classroom.