Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a fantastic break and enjoyed the Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year and any birthday celebrations you may have had over the two weeks, making wonderful memories with your families. And hopefully you all managed to fit some time to rest in between that too!
We have started our term at full speed this week, starting our new Geography, Science, Art and Maths learning in as well as learning some new songs in Music and getting back in to spellings and guided reading too. We are all ready for the weekend!
Our new topic is called 'Sensational Safari' and is based around the continent of Africa, looking mainly at the country of Kenya. We have learnt about and used the features of an atlas this week to explore and find these places on various maps. We then had a go at labelling our own maps of Kenya. Our aim by the end of Tuesday was to have learnt three new facts about Kenya. All that children managed that and more! I'm sure they have been teaching you all about their new learning. We took a 'flight' to Kenya, looking at the various landscapes, animals and weather we would find there and learnt some key facts about the physical features of the land.
Our Science learning fits nicely in to this topic as it is based around animals including humans. This week we were thinking about the life cycle of humans and what happens at each stage of growth and development from babies to old age. We particularly enjoyed looking at each other's baby photos, trying to guess who each baby was. Those with older brothers and sisters enjoyed sharing their experiences of living with teenagers including them having messy bedrooms, sleeping a lot and being grumpy! By the end of the lesson lots of the children had decided that being an adult sounded like hard work and were in shock that one day they will be responsible adults themselves and might even have their own babies and children to look after!!
We recapped multiplication in Maths this week before linking this to division and looking at how the two fit together (inverse) like addition and subtraction. We made links to sharing and how we need to divide or share numbers equally to make sure we get to the correct answer. We practised using pictorial and concrete methods to get to our answers and then moved on to using these skills to solve word problems.
Our Art project for the next two weeks links to our topic and we are using traditional African patterns to inspire us to make our own piece of decorated cloth. This week we designed and then drew out our patterns, next week we will be painting them...
I hope you all have a restful weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday for another fun filled week!