Autumn 1 Update
Whale class have had a wonderful half term! We have been learning all about the local area. We went on a walk around our Hampton Wick and discussed the human and physical features that we saw. We were even lucky enough to hear a train as it rattled across the bridge!
In English we have been looking at a range of stories and using them to write our own version. One of our favourite stories was ‘The Tiger That Came To Tea’. A real tiger even sent us a message and asked us to think of another animal that could come to tea. We then wrote our own story about this visit. We were so excited to hear from a real tiger!
In Maths we have been practising our adding and taking away skills. We have used counters, number lines and even 100 squares! We have also been working with money and made different totals to buy food from the café. We are getting good with our coins and know that there is no such thing as a 3p!
We have been having such fun in our learning in Whale Class.
We have been learning about the North and South Poles and the expeditions of the explorer Ernest Shackleton. In Science we had to rescue Ernest’s crew who had become trapped in the ice. We really enjoyed making predictions about the best way to free the crew and then investigating to discover if our predictions were correct. We managed to rescue all of the crew!
In Maths, we have been learning about different forms of measurement. We weighed different items that Ernest Shackleton needed to take on his ship and ordered them from lightest to heaviest. We have also been learning how to tell the time and we now know when it is o’clock or half past.
To make sure that Ernest would not run out of food again on an expedition, we wrote instructions for Ernest on how to make a jam sandwich and used order words (first, next, finally). To make sure our instructions were correct, we followed them to make our own jam sandwiches: they were delicious!
We have had a fun and busy time in Whale Class! In English we have been reading Handa’s Surprise and discovered that Handa lives in Kenya, a country that is in the continent of Africa. We wrote wonderful acrostic poems about the delicious fruit that grows in Kenya and then performed them in front of the class. We have also been learning about how to write instructions. We planted carrot seeds and then wrote instructions so that Year 2 can follow them and plant their own carrot seeds. We can’t wait to see the carrots grow!
In Maths we have really enjoyed learning how to tell the time. The children have been practising making o’clock, half past and quarter past times: they were very good! Whale class have also learnt about measure and practised weighing objects, measuring length and measuring capacity. Capacity was our favourite lesson – we made medicine for the Gruffalo and had to measure the different liquids correctly to make sure the medicine worked!