Larch Class News

1st February 2019

It’s been a busy time in Larch Class since our last ‘Class News’. Before Christmas our topic was Florence Nightingale. We learned about who she was, how she helped soldiers and why she became famous. We even had our own hospital in the classroom!

In English we read ‘On the Way Home’ by Jill Murphy about a girl who made up strange ways to explain how she had hurt her knee – there was a gorilla, giant, wolf, flying saucer, witch and an alligator! We described the characters, did some role play, wrote speech bubbles and created our own page for the book.

In science we started to look at seasons – we focused on Autumn and Winter. We described what the weather was like in each one and what changes happen during them.

This half term our topic has been ‘The Arctic’ we have used maps to find out where the Arctic is and which countries are in the Arctic Circle. We also found out about its climate and features. We created a big Arctic landscape outside and made our own collages. We have learned about the animals that live in the Arctic and how they are able to survive there.

In English we have been reading ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers about a boy who finds a penguin at his door and tries to take him home to the South Pole. But the boy soon realises that the penguin isn’t lost he is just lonely! We have been making predictions about the story, ordering events and writing a diary in role as the penguin.

In science our topic is ‘Animals including humans’. We have learned about our different body parts and used popcorn to find out about our senses! We have also learned about different animals groups such as mammals and reptiles and the different body parts that animals have.

In maths we have done lots of work to practise addition and subtraction and are now starting to order and compare numbers as well as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

A few weeks ago we went on a trip to Blyth Sports Centre to take part in a ‘Multiskills Festival’ with other schools. We played lots of games and learned new skills. It was great fun!