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Autumn 2 - Brrr... It's Cold Out There!

Our new topic is....

This half term we will be learning all about the polar regions of the world. In Geography, we will be learning to use an atlas to find the continents and the oceans of the world. We will locate the equator and look at hot and cold regions in the world. We will then focus on learning about the Arctic and the Antarctic, comparing similarities and differences. In Science, we will be learning about animals. We will learn to classify animals into groups (mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and insects). We will also learn to label animal features and compare animal bodies. We will learn about the main habitats in the world and then focus on learning about animals found in the polar habitats.

In English, our class text is a chapter book called 'The Penguin Who Wanted To Find Out' by Jill Tomlinson. We will be reading and discussing parts of this book daily. We will be checking whether details in the story are factually correct by reading non-fiction texts and searching on the internet (as a class). We will collect all the facts we have learnt to help us write an animal fact file on penguins.

A Special Visit from Santa (18.12.23)

Today we had a visit from Santa. The children all behaved beautifully. They answered Santa's questions about their 'good and naughty' elves. Santa told them all about how the elves relax after their busy time leading up to Christmas. The children told Santa what they have been learning about the Arctic as this is where Santa lives (at the North Pole)

Science investigation (06.12.23)


Here is what we have been doing in science today. We used our TASC wheel to help us organise our ideas and talk about our findings. Below are some pictures of our investigation into whether blubber keeps you warm. Why not ask your child what they already know, what they did and what they found out!



Testing blubber! One bare hand in ice, then a 'blubber hand' in ice. How does it feel?

Forces Friday

We finished the first week celebrating our fallen heroes on 'Forces Friday'. The children enjoyed learning about the role of the red cross back then and today. As well as the red cross nurse's uniform that belonged to my grandmother in law, the children enjoyed looking at some ration books and wearing an old red cross cap. The children made their own commemorative wreaths.

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