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Spring 1

This half term we will be exploring the enquiry question – Should the planet be hot or cold?


We will be exploring this topic linking together Understanding the World with Science and Geography. In Geography we will be looking closely at Australia and where it is in the world. We will look at aerial photogrpahs of hot and cold countries and compare them. We are also going to be making our own imaginary maps using traditional tales as a stimulus for this. As part of our Science we will be looking at the weather and discussing weather patterns to see how it changes throughout the seasons. We will also be studying different animals and thinking about where they live in the world.

Gymnastics Display - Part 1

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Part 2

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On Monday Skippers and Admirals went on a walk around the village as part of our Geography topic. We picked out key features and thought about which stories they reminded us of. We saw so many different features from train bridge reminding us of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' to a beautiful cottage with a red door which we could imagine Little Red Riding Hood living in. As soon as we saw the church the children immediately thought of Maximus Mouse. The next day we worked as a group to draw the route that we had been on and to think about what symbols we could use to represent each key feature. The children then had the choice of how to draw their own maps. Some chose to draw them outside with chalk, some worked together and drew them on big bits of paper and some chose to make them out of the small world resources.

We have had a shape week in Skippers this week. This involved lots of shape sorting where the children had 2d shapes, 3 shapes, junk modelling and irregular shapes and they had to fin ways to sort and label them. We also did a shape hunt around the classroom and outside area to see what shapes we could find in the environment. After this we went on to look at how we could split shapes up into equal parts focussing on halves and quarters, some children folded their shapes into smaller parts making eighths and tenths.

On Wednesday the JRSO's led a scooter and balance bike safety workshop for Skippers. They had to do various different activities like weaving in and out of cones, complete an obstacle course and learn how to ride their scooters or bikes safely on the roads. This involved learning about safe places to cross the road, how to use traffic lights and how to scoot safely on the pavement. The children, big and small, all had great fun!

Winter senses walk

In English we are going to be writing some poetry so we decided that we would go on a winter walk in  our beautiful garden to help us think of some brilliant words that we could use in our poems.

We used our senses to help us think of as many different ones as we could. The children thought of some brilliant words; we touched the ice and it felt fluffy, chilly, soft and smooth. We looked at the sun shining on the ice and we saw that it was frosty, white and sparkly. We walked on the frosty ground and stopped to listen and we heard crunching and crinkly sounds. We smelt some of the herbs in the garden and took deep breaths in and we smelt cold and sour smells.