Woodpeckers have settled back really well into school life after Christmas.
Our Guided Reading book for this term is 'Cosmic' by Frank Cotterell Boyce, which is about a boy named Liam who starts off by going on a ride at a funfair on a school trip, and somehow ends up stuck in a rocket ship in space! So far we are really enjoying it, it is very funny in parts and we are looking forward to finding out how he got there, and what happens to him.
In English, we started the term studying the 'Selfish Giant' by Oscar Wilde, in preparation for our Easter performance.. We thought about what the story might be about from the front cover and wrote a descriptive article on the garden both in winter and summer. We also spoke about the significance of the ending of the story and why perhaps we are performing it at Easter. We are looking forward to auditioning for parts and putting the play together and we are really loving the songs. We have now begun to link our English with our topic work and have researched the planets with a view to designing and describing our own planets using adverbs,adjectives, personification and a range of other grammar.
We have listened to Mars, Venus and Neptune from The Planets Suite By Host, and used musical language to describe the characteristics.
In Maths, we are working on multiplication. We started with three digits multiplied by one and the year fives have now moved on to long multiplication. At the moment, they are absolutely nailing it !
Our sport this term is basketball , initially we are learning the rules with the intention of playing matches later.
This term's topic is space. To launch our topic, we received a message from some friendly aliens. We made space putty to communicate with them and we are now friends! they are going to take us on a journey into the galaxy! We were quite amazed at the size of the planets compared to Earth, and the distance from the Earth.
We are really enjoying this term so far and working really hard!
The children in Woodpeckers are trying hard to work as a team within their tables to earn 'table-points' in order to become the best table of the week and earn some privileges such as cushions on their chairs, ipad access and being first out to play and lunch.
In Maths we have been working on our problem solving strategies, along with having assessments to see what we already know.
Our Science topic is forces and we experimented using trainers and Newton meters to test the friction of various surfaces - including the hall floor, rubber, carpet and sandpaper.
Whilst comparing South Wonston and Southampton, we investigated the transport system in Southampton. We looked at ships, buses and trains, looking at existing routes and making our own routes to see how far we could travel. We reached the conclusion that if we wanted to travel within Hampshire, we use the bus, If we want to travel within Great Britain we take the train, the flights from Southampton will take us as far as Europe and id we want to see more of the world, a cruise is the way to go!
In English, we have been looking at the book The Promise by Nicola Davies and talking about pledges,whether we should make them in the first place and the importance of keeping them. We used a 'conscious alley' scenario to re-enforce the children's ideas regarding how we can help the environment.
Charlotte's Web, our Guided Reading book is becoming more and more exciting as we are learning about the various characters and the story is unfolding.
Woodpeckers have settled really well into their new school year after the summer break.
In Maths we have started with Roman Numerals, which are always a great challenge.
Our Guided Reading book for this term is Charlotte's Webb by E.B.White and we are making a prediction about what may happen before we start reading the book.
We are comparing South Wonston and Southampton in our Topic and bearing the comparisons are currently deciding which is the better place to build a theme park. During our first indoor P.E. lesson, our warm-up consisted of having a game of 'spaghetti', where we had to perform different actions for each type of spaghetti. We were also balancing without apparatus, which can be difficult.
There are many different types of adverts and in English we have started to compare them to see what makes a good advert.
We are looking forward to a busy, fun packed term as we settle into our new year groups and classes.