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Penguins Class - Weekly Update 15-10-21

In Maths this week, Penguins class have been learning to use Roman numerals. In Literacy,  we have planned and drafted an information booklet on climate change, using what we learned about ice ages in 'The Pebble in my Pocket', and what we know about climate change today from the International Hanseatic League project earlier in the year.

In Spanish, we have been learning to count to ten, and in Computing we have been using what we know about coding to create a programme of our own.

In Design Technology, we have begun to make juggling balls, using our designs to decorate the fabric templates, and sewing the material together. In Geography, we have been looking at OS maps of the local area and using scales to find and work out the distances between different places and geographical features.

In Science, we have completed our work on a healthy plate, explaining our choices, and have also started looking at the nutrients in different foods and what those nutrients do that help us to be healthy.

Please remember to read for 30 minutes each night with your child, and to help them practise their times tables daily, as these things make so much difference to their progress. 

If you have any questions, please catch us on drop off/pick up or make an appointment via the office. 

Regards

Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Williamson and Mrs Hubbard.

 

Penguins Class - Weekly Update 8-10-21

Penguins class have been learning about scales and the use of number lines to 10,000 in Maths. In Literacy,  we have been creating dialogue based on 'The Pebble in my Pocket' for Neolithic people and using speech marks. Mr Stratton brought in some flint axes which he owns which are thousands of years old and the children really enjoyed seeing and touching them. Please see the photos below.

On Monday, we had 'Meet the Teacher' after school for you to get to know us and ask any questions you may have. Thank you to those of you who were able to come to learn about our Knowledge Based Curriculum and routines within school. Please note - children are now bringing home reading books so please read each night with them for 30 minutes as it makes so much difference to their progress. 

We have changed topics in the foundation subjects, so have started Computing and MFL (Spanish) this week. In PE we are learning how to play tennis and developing our skills.

For Design Technology, we have been evaluating and discussing different Juggling Balls designs for there effectiveness. We have also begun the design process for creating our own juggling balls which we will start to make next week. In Geography, we have started our new 'Spatial Sense' unit which looks at map reading skills and will focus on our local area of King's Lynn.

In Science, we have been learning about the digestive system and what each part does in the process of excretion. We have also been investigating how different animals teeth are linked to their purpose and diet ie if they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. 

If you have any questions, please catch us on drop off/pick up or make an appointment via the office. 

Regards

Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Williamson and Mrs Hubbard. 

The flint axes use for writing stimulus. 

 

Penguins Class - Weekly update 1-10-21

Penguins have had another busy week! In Maths, we have continued to learn about place value, moving onto counting in thousands, and representing and using four-digit numbers. In Literacy, we are still working on 'The Pebble in my Pocket' by Meredith Hooper, using this as a starting point to find out more about geology, and creating posters on the formation of sedimentary rocks. We have also started learning about using expanded noun phrases to create clearer description in our writing.

For Music, we have been finishing our work on Abba's Mamma Mia, and using instruments to explore pulse and rhythm (see photos below). In RE, we have learnt about the Buddhist holy book, the Tripitaka, and the symbols associated with Buddhism and their meanings.

In Science, we have been learning about what makes a healthy plate and designing a meal to give us all the major food groups. We have also been learning about the importance of nutrients and how they keep our bodies healthy, as well as what can happen if you don’t have enough of them.

For Art, we have been using the primary colours to mix acrylic paint and create different shades with a variety of light and dark tones. We have been focusing on where shadows form and light hits the surface of the fruit we have been drawing.

In History, we have been learning about ‘Alexander the Great’ and discussing how he gained his title of being ‘great’. Also, we have been investigating the lives of the philosophers of Ancient Greece and the ideas they held.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of staff, please catch us at drop off/pick up or make an appointment in the office. 

Regards, Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Williamson.

 

Penguins Class - Weekly update 24-9-21

We have had a very busy start to the new school year. After completing our baseline assessments, we have been starting our new topics across the Curriculum.

In Maths, we have been learning about place value and knowing what each digit is worth in a given number, as well as rounding to the nearest 10. For Literacy, we have been reading the text ‘The Pebble in my Pocket’ by Meredith Hooper and writing an explanation of the journey of a pebble from a volcano erupting to the present day.

For Music, we have been learning to sing the ABBA song ‘Mamma Mia’ and looking at the verse structure and rhythm. In RE, we have started our topic on Buddhism and its related beliefs and ideas. Ancient Greece is our topic in History and we have been discussing the origins of democracy in Athens and what it means to us today. We have also investigated the Spartan soldiers and what made them so tough and effective as warriors.

In Science, we have been learning about the Human body and how our digestive system works. We have also investigated the effect of lemon juice and Coke on our teeth enamel using hard boiled eggs and the importance of having a healthy, balanced diet.

For Art, we have been learning about light and shade in famous pieces of artwork and then using the techniques learnt to create our own pieces using pastels and paint.

On Thursday, we went on a trip into King’s Lynn town centre to see the amazing work that the children in our Academy produced for the IHL Agents of Change project. The children were very excited to see their fantastic ideas for how to tackle climate change and make King’s Lynn a better place in the future. If you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out – it’s based in the former Argos building next to the Majestic Cinema. Please see the photos below from our trip.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of staff, please catch us at drop off/pick up or make an appointment in the office. 

Regards, Mr Stratton, Mrs Weston, Mrs Hubbard and Mrs Williamson.