Summer Term 1
What an exciting half term it has been in Cherry Class! We have had everything from bean seeds, to homemade cars, to dinosaurs - it really has been a half term to remember. We started the term off with our trip to Portchester Castle, which the children loved! They have all taken everything in their stride and yet again impressed me every single day with their willingness and enthusiasm for learning.
In English, we started the half term by looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and the children had to plan, draft, edit and publish their own diary entries in role as Jack. They all did a fantastic job and really showed off how much their writing skills have improved - and we still have half a term to go! They should be incredibly impressed with what they produced.
In Maths, we have looked at multiplication and division - sharing objects and grouping objects and when the different methods are needed. Then we moved onto Fractions and understanding what a half and a quarter are. Try testing them on this over half term - they very quickly grasped the fact that it had to be equal parts when we were sharing pizza!
In Science this half term, we have been looking at the parts of a plant and the common types of plants we might find around us. The children also planted their own bean seeds and goodness me how they have grown. We sent them home with the children so that you can plant them at home and hopefully reap the benefits of some broad beans!
In PE, we have been practising our invasion game skills - learning how to move with a ball in different ways and how to move into space. We have also practised using a tennis racket to control a beanbag and ball.
In Geography, we have been looking at how the land is used around our school and also practising our fieldwork skills. We went onto the field and created tally charts to compare how many daisies grew on different parts of the school field.
In Art, we have made paper mache dinosaur eggs, practised different colouring techniques and developed our sketching skills.
In Computing, we have been practising our programming skills and in Music we have been using Charanga with Mrs Evans to improve our musical knowledge.
In RE we have been answering the question 'Is Shabbat important to Jewish chidlren?' and we even had a go at making our own Challah bread - something they eat as part of their Shabbat meal.
We also had the pleasure of watching some eggs hatch into chicks - it was so amazing to watch and then we had the chicks in our classroom for a few days as well. The children were very excited by their presence!
How could I write about this half term without mentioning our incredible Science week! What a fantastic, educational, exciting and generally amazing week it was! The children had such a fantastic time - creating spaghetti and marshmallow structures, designing and building our own cars using shoe boxes, testing our cars to see how far they travelled, a workshop with the fantastic Mr G, an incredible session run by the wonderful Year 6 children and to finish it all off an exciting dinosaur day! The children learnt so much but also had so much fun, which is just as important! We really hope they have come home for half term buzzing about all the learning and activities they have done this week.
Finally, I hope you all have a wonderful half term break and look forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday 6th June!