September 2018 - October 2018
In the first part of the Autumn Term Woodland Class developed their story writing skills by drawing upon traditional tales for inspiration. As a class we decided to focus on Jack and the Beanstalk and the children became experts at verbally telling the story using actions. The children learnt about the importance of a good opening sentence, how to write about the characters and settings and how to structure a story with a beginning, a middle and end by using a story mountain to build suspense. Finally the children used Jack and the Beanstalk as a template to writing their own amazing story.
The children also used their senses when they went on autumn nature hunt in the woods. The children absolutely love having the opportunity to take their learning outdoors and they wrote some beautiful autumn poems.
In mathematics the children were given a mathematical question, “How big is a number?” We went into great depth learning about the place value of a number. The children were taught how to partition numbers into hundreds, ten and ones and used this information to help them order numbers. The children were challenged to use their knowledge of number to work out complex reasoning questions. The children were taught about the importance of zero as a place holder. For example in the number 106 the zero holds the tens place but without it the number would be 16. The children demonstrated their understanding of this by writing numbers in words.
In science the children became Super Scientists and carried out a number of investigations to test the properties of different a Materials. The children worked scientifically by comparing the uses of everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard. They observed closely, identifying and classifying the uses of different materials, and recording their observations.
The children learnt about famous artists such as Claude Monet and Gustav Klimt and produced their own versions of Monet’s Water Lilies and Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life. They also used natural resources such as pine cones, twigs and corn to paint with to create different effects.
In RE they have been thinking about 'What it means to Belong' and a focus on Harvest and why we celebrate it.
The children have really enjoyed their World War 1 topic in History and used drama to help them understand how the war began and to develop their understanding of life in the trenches.