Welcome Back, We hope you had a good summer. The adults that work in this class are Mrs Hinton and Mrs Whittaker
Our learning experience this term is called Lets Grow
Following their inspiring visit to the Cannington Walled Gardens on 13th September, the children will begin this experience by developing their scientific knowledge of the different parts of a plant. During week 1, the English focus will introduce them to an explanation text informing the reader about the parts and functions of a plant; whilst from a scientific aspect, they will dissect a flowering plant to aid their understanding. Seeds will be planted in the classroom for observation purposes.
Our focus in English this week will be on the structure of an explanation text. The children will explore a range of scientific vocabulary that will complement their piece of writing. Drama will enhance this element of the writing process and enable the children to fully appreciate each stage in the life cycle of a plant. They will document the seeds’ growth using digital equipment so that a mini animation might be created over time. The work of Alce Harfield, a local artist, will inspire the children to sketch a draft plan for their upcoming Gallery!
This week, the English focus will explore pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal that will be developed through short bursts of writing. They will physically examine a range of plants which are ready to disperse their seeds so they get a hands-on opportunity to work out for themselves the method of dispersal. The sketching of plants and seeds will take place in the afternoons alongside the continuing art work linked to Alce Harfield which will involve learning new techniques such as washing and dabbing.
In this week, the children will begin their actual explanation text which will reinforce the learning of the previous weeks, using a structured format. In Science, the water cycle will be explored so that the children gain an understanding of how rain is produced to then water the plants. The artwork will begin to come alive this week as the children will be using acrylic paints and professional art canvases.
A scientific investigation on water transportation in plants will take place this week as the children learn about how water is moved around the plant. The photographs taken of the growing seeds will be used to create the animation, as well as a PowerPoint that will allow them the chance to use what they have learnt about plants through computing. The explanation texts will be completed this week with a focus on editing skills.
Publishing scientific work and the explanation texts will take place in Week 6, which will form the beginning of their cream paper portfolios that will come home at the end of the year. These will showcase their excellent work across the learning experiences! You will be invited to admire the Gallery of artwork this week – details will follow!
Our PE days this year will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Maths homework will be given on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. Times tables should be practiced at home up to 12 x 12 - particularly x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x8
Reading is expected to be done daily and spelling practice is appreciated from the tricky words in the Read Write Inc log books, if applicable.
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