Spring 1: Week 2

Date: 12th Jan 2023 @ 6:37am

Well, the children have definitely picked up where they left off! They've worked so hard and been very enthusiastic about our new topics. 

We have now started reading The Egyptian Cinderella. So far, we have found out that Rhodopis was born in Greece, but was stolen by pirates when she was little and was taken to Egypt. The children wrote excellent character descriptions about her, using excellent vocabulary and expanded noun phrases. 

Last half term, the children struggled to understand the concept of multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100, so we recapped this before moving on to the next objective. They have been using the place value sliders again to help them understand what happens to the digits when they multiply or divide. The children know that the digits move because the numbers are getting 10/100x smaller or bigger.

The children have definitely been inspired by our geography topic; they all really want to help the environment and become the next Greta Thunberg! This week, they have learned about how solar panels and wind turbines work and analysed data to see if the UK has become more sustainable since 2015, which it has slightly- there's definitely room for improvement, though. Lastly, we labeled a Google Earth view of a place called Exminster in Devon, which is home to many scrapes that were made to help a very endangered bird called a lapwing. The children carried out independent research about them and produced fantastic interpretation panels about how we can save them. I will be sending copies of these to Exminster Park, which the children are very excited about.

This week in gymnastics, we have learned the correct technique to do a forward roll, and have also learned how to do a safety roll and a vault.