Greys class 31st January
Date: 31st Jan 2020 @ 8:22am
This week we have been reading Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett to kick start our new topic, “Why can’t a meerkat live in the North Pole?” where we will be identifying seasonal weather patterns in the UK and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the equator.
We have been exploring the different settings in the story and focused primarily on the Kalahari Desert. We painted our settings using water colours and thought carefully about which brushes and techniques we needed for our landscapes. We then drew our meerkats and painted one and coloured one, before deciding which one we preferred to place on our picture. We also drew larger meerkats for a larger class display, which proved a lot trickier than we first thought.
When describing our settings we first worked in pairs, focusing on verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs to describe them and then put them into sentences to create a more detailed and fluid description. We finished the week off pretending we were Sunny the meerkat writing postcards and letters using the skills we have been learning in the week to describe the Kalahari Desert.
In Maths the Year 1s have working on odd and even numbers and doubling and halving, whilst the Year 2s have been multiplying and dividing in 2s, 5s and 10s.
In Music we looked at the different parts of an orchestra and finished the lesson by saying which instrument we would like to play if we were in an orchestra.
In Phonics the Year 1s have been working on the alternative spelling of oi/oy and hopefully now understand that oi is usually found in the middle of the word. The Year 2s began the week on Monday recapping this rule and then moved onto the /or/ sound spelt with an a before l and ll
We finished our toy topic off by creating posters to divide toys into different categories. We chose our own categories and then wrote down toys from past and present. It was surprising how many toys we remembered from the past that we have discovered over the last few weeks.
Our PE session on Tuesday was another bright and chilly morning, but with not a drop of rain in sight and lots of moving around we managed to keep nice and warm. We created our own games using hoops, beanbags and quoits and then explained them to other people. Our game of North, South, East and West is proving very good at helping us to learn directions. We also played a new game called The Blob and finished off with a game of Oranges and Lemons.
The Library continues to be a success and the Librarians are as efficient as ever in their roles. If the children are absent from school on the day their book should be returned please bring it back in on when they come back to school and they can then exchange it. They will then bring their new book back on their set library day. A list will be on display in the corridor and children will be reminded by the librarians the day before their book is due back.
Show and Tell ( Hot & Cold countries)
Tuesday – Jake
Wednesday – Summer
Thursday – Willow
Friday – Kit
Have a lovely weekend!