Time seems to be flying by and this week really felt like Spring in B2. In Science, we have been growing a range of plants and as we begin to see some shoots, there is a real buzz of excitement checking on the progress of our plants every day. Today we even started measuring them so we can monitor their progress in the coming weeks. We continued our focus on Plants and Growth in Science by looking at plants growing from bulbs. We were surprised to find out that the bulb actually provided a source of food for the plant during Winter for them to flower in Spring. As we look around at all the daffodils around, we have been asking in B2 whether the bulb would survive if we were to cut off the shoots - an interesting question which we shall investigate! We also discussed how we can see bulbs at work when leaving onions or garlic in a cupboard or fridge for a little too long so this may be something that you might want to investigate at home! We also enjoyed a Science challenge this week, which involved creating a flower out of 4 sheets of paper with no glue, paper clips, sticky tape or staples. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to practise their engineering skills and with a lot of resilience, we did indeed create some fantastic flowers which did look very realistic so well done B2!
In Literacy this week, we have been continuing our work on The Dark, writing a story map and including sentence openers to keep the reader interested. We thought about how the dark would have felt during the story and wrote our own story from the perspective of the dark. It was great to see how the children were able to imagine the dark's feelings and bring these to life in their writing. The dark was in turn feeling lonely, invisible, cautious, confident, thrilled and elated at the end to have finally found a new friend. We're hoping all our work on the dark will ensure the threat of the dark disappears for us all eventually!
In Maths this week, we have been working on fractions. We have been folding in half and quarters and started thinking about how to shade in shapes to represent different fractions. We have been using a speaking frame to make sure we are clear about what a fraction is describing it as a whole split into a number of equal parts of which we are looking at a particular part. It has been really helpful to refer back to this to extend our knowledge to quarters and even thirds! Towards the end of the week, we used the bar method to find a half, a quarter and a third of an amount. This handy way of representing fractions really reinforced our understanding of the whole being split into equal parts.Well done to B2 for persevering with fractions as we begin our journey to master the concept!
This week was also the week of our PE competition, which took place on Thursday. It was fantastic to see both B2 and O2 working so well as a team to compete against each other with quite a tricky gymnastics routine. Mrs Charles, who has been working with our class for the last few weeks, was very impressed and even more so when the winners were announced as all were cheered and congratulated by their classmates. There was a real team spirit in B2 and I was very proud to see that!
B2 got the opportunity to submit an entry this week for the Christmas stamp competition the Post Office organises yearly. The children got to design their own stamp with Mrs Cooper and really enjoyed thinking ahead to all the lovely things they enjoy around Christmas time. The final designs were really impressive so we are hopeful one of B2's designs will be on our stamps around Christmas time next year. Fingers crossed!