Skippers' Curriculum Newsletter Spring (2) 2021
Happy Chinese New Year! This week we have been learning all about the Lunar new year. We have learnt about the 12 animals associated with Chinese New Year, this year being the year of the ox, and have practised writing and ordering Chinese numbers. We made decorations and designed our own Chinese dragon heads and wrote a fortune to go in a fortune cookie. On Thursday we designed our own Chinese menu and thought about what food we would like for a Chinese party and on Friday we enjoyed the celebrations. We decorated our homes and the classroom, danced to Chinese music and wore our dragon heads. In school we ate noodles with soy sauce accompanied by some delicious prawn crackers. In Science we finished our learning about the human body and thought about how we keep clean, something that is especially important in the current pandemic. We have had some great videos sent in of the dance this week and we are so excited to see them put together. Well done Skippers on getting through a tough but exciting half term of learning. Now is the time to rest, ready to begin again after half term.
Skippers have been working so hard this week even though we are getting a little tired this far into the half term. In English we have been learning about the story 'Town Mouse and Country Mouse' to link with our geography about our local area. We drew pictures and made labels for the characters and re told the story as well as thinking of questions we might want to ask the characters. In our geography lesson we drew maps from our house. Some of us drew them from home to school and some drew them from home to grandparents or friend's houses. They were really accurate; we were very impressed! In school we made a 3D map of London using junk modelling and it looked amazing. In maths this week we have been learning about 2D and 3D shape. We've had great fun finding items around our houses and looking at their shapes and made shape pictures with items around the house and the classroom. In science we have continued learning about humans and today looked at what a well-balanced diet means. We've had great fun during 'dress to express' day and everyone has made an amazing effort.
Another exciting week for Skippers. Everyone seems fully in the swing of home learning and we continue to be amazed by everyone's efforts. In geography this week we looked at the 4 main points of a compass and used these to direct each other around our homes and school which we found really exciting! Our main focus for the week has been RE. We have been looking at special foods to Christians and learnt about Passover. We had fun sorting out food we thought was special and which food is not special. We then made food that we felt were special to Christians. In school we made pancakes but at home we had children making birthday cakes, hot cross buns and pasta with cheese. It has been great to see a variety of food being made. On Friday we thought about why the food was special to Christians and in school we discussed lent and why Christians eat pancakes just before lent begins. In maths we have been learning about weight which fitted in nicely with our cooking we were doing! At the end of the week we had a think about whether the biggest things are always the heaviest. The children were pleasantly surprised! Keep up the good work Skippers and parents. You are all doing a fab job!
This week Skippers have continued to learn about Paddington Bear in English. We have made labels for Paddington and on Friday everyone enjoyed a teddy bear's picnic which we had planned earlier in the week. Year 1 had a go at writing a diary as if they were Paddington. Lots of Marmalade sandwiches were eaten, I think. In maths we have been working on subtraction using resources and playing online games which have been enjoyed by all. We have thought carefully this week about what makes us happy in PSHE and it has been so lovely to see everyone come up with different things that make them feel good. We have continued our Geography we went on a virtual tour around London. It was great to learn about the different landmarks. We are continuing to learn about the human body and today we made posters to display the 5 senses and what body part they are associated with. We've had a great week of home and school learning and continue to be so impressed with how all the children and parents are coping with these strange circumstances.