We've started of this new term with a creative couple of weeks. We've had lots of fun! We have been talking about what makes a hero and different heroes that we know. The children had lists of superheroes from films such as Batman, Spiderman and The Hulk but by the end of the week we decided that to be a hero you have to be brave, kind and strong. This meant that real people can be heroes too like police officers, doctors and firefighters. We wrote about who our hero is and lots of the children decided that people in their families are heroes because 'they keep me safe', 'they cook beef stroganoff' and 'they look after me and keep me safe'. What thoughtful children you all have!
English, Art and DT:
Our focus in English is the story of 'Supertato' - Evil Pea is on the loose in the Supermarket, committing terrible crimes! There's only one vegetable that can save the day.... Supertato! The children have loved reading this story and acting it out together. Some of the class even made up their own Evil Pea game and played it in the playground!
Because we enjoyed the story so much, we decided to design our own Superveg. We drew a picture of what we wanted it to look like and then we wrote down what we were going to make and how we would make it, thinking about colours and materials.
Next we spent an afternoon creating our Superveg. We used carrots, potatoes and parsnips and made superhero clothes out of different types of paper and fabric. The children worked really hard on this and problem solved independently to work out how to attach things to their vegetable. They were all very proud of what they had made.
We then looked at instructions in our English lessons and the features that are used in them. We spoke about having a title, and equipment list and numbered steps. As we are such superstars, we even learnt about imperative verbs - these words tell us what to do (bossy but helpful - put, cut and stick) and time adverbials - these words tell us when to do something (first, next, finally). We used all this information to write our own set of instructions about 'How to make a Superveg'.
To finish off our creative week, we carefully sketched and painted our Superveg, thinking about the colours and how to add detail. We also used and app on the iPads called 'SketchPad' to draw our Superveg in a different media.
This week we have been practising our story writing and having a go at writing the story of 'Supertato' ourselves. We have looked at the beginning, middle and end of the story, the characters and the setting as well as the problem and how it is resolved.
We have really enjoyed the start of our Superhero topic. Who would have thought we would get some much fun and learning out of one potato who saves the day?!?
So far this term we have recapped number bonds to 10 and different ways we can represent them - we investigated how many different bonds we could find for each number between 1 and 10.
We have focussed on addition, looking at whole-part models and fact families.
We even managed to solve some problems using our knowledge of addition and number bonds.
Our focus this half term is 'materials'. We have been looking at different groups of materials (wood, paper, plastic, metal and fabric) and how we can describe them. Our new favourite words are flexible and rigid! We looked at how one material can be used in many different ways and looked around the classroom to see where we could find them. We sorted and labelled different materials and used words to describe them such as soft, rough, smooth etc. We also carried out an investigation to see which material would make the best cape for a Superhero!