The teacher in Neptune class is Mrs Goodinge and Mrs Parsons is the helper. Mrs Stacey will be covering Mrs Goodinge whilst she is on maternity leave.
Our new learning experience is called Into the Woods
Our ‘Into the woods’ day will be an outing to Carymoor Environmental Trust on Thursday 2nd May. During the day, the children will have the opportunity to become wildlife detectives exploring the habitats of different creatures. There will be hands-on-explorations with games and discussions to compare the different lifestyles of different creatures.
Take home task:
Design a British wildlife garden that would attract a wide range of wildlife
Produce a fact file on the footprints and trails of British wild animals.
Bring to school by: Friday 17th May 2019
The children will produce a house brochure persuading Fantastic Mr Fox to move into a new home. They will try to sell him and his family an alternative habitat to the one which Boggis, Bunce and Bean are trying to destroy.
Working together, the children will design and make a mini-beast hotel; evaluating its effectiveness and suitability as a habitat.
The experience “Into the Woods” will begin with an introduction to the struggles of Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. The children will discover the difficulties faced by the fox family and their neighbours as the farmers try to evict them from their home. Focussing on characterisation and descriptive language the children will link their grammar work on expanded noun phrases with the character studies of Boggis, Bunce and Bean. The children will consider an alternative resolution to how they believe Mr Fox will escape from the farmers.
During grammar lessons, the children will expand their understanding of subordinating conjunctions and compound sentences, and how to use them effectively to add extra information to their writing. They will focus on choosing and using the correct tenses when writing sentences.
Following on from the reading of Fantastic Mr Fox, the children will plan and write a diary extract as Farmer Bean. Finally, the literacy lessons will focus on reading, performing and writing mini beast poems.
Maths: This half term, we will be learning to tell the time. Children will be revisiting o’clock, half-past times, as well as learning quarter to/ past and times to the nearest 5 minute interval i.e. 9;20, on both digital and analogue clocks. In the final few weeks, we will be exploring different units of measure. The children will estimate and measure capacity, volume and temperature.
Within science lessons the children will begin looking at living and non-living things and begin to discover the basic needs of animals and what, like Mr Fox, they need to survive. The children will begin their science work by looking at lifecycles and studying different animals and their offspring.
The children will become scientific explorers, investigating and unearthing habitats around the school site. They will discuss in groups their discoveries and establish for themselves what makes each habitat suitable for the animal or insect they have found living there.
They will spend some time researching the needs of different British wild animals and decide for themselves the requirements of a particular habitat.
The children will carry out a woodlice investigation; recording the numbers of woodlice found in a particular location and if the lice stay in the same location if it is disturbed. They will also design a new home for their chosen insect or small animal and justify why it will meet the needs of their creature.
Art and design
Amongst other things, we will be using reclaimed materials; children will investigate various ways to join for different purposes. They will go on to design and make their own home for their chosen creature, evaluate their own and others work and begin to understand how to take rubbings with wax crayons for example by rubbing the bark of a tree.
We will also experiment with clay this term and design and make clay woodland creatures.
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