We have been up to our library to start and look for books about famous authors and books written by our two focused authors for this topic.
We found books written by both Julia Donaldson and Roald Dahl and are currently enjoying reading 'George's Marvellous Medicine'. But don't worry parents, we know not to make one of our own!
As the Autumn term comes to a close and we start our Spring term we have appointed 2 new class ambassadors. Archie and Lottie will now represent our class for the rest of the term.
We'd like to thank our previous 2 ambassadors Chloe S and Jake who did a fantastic job.
This week we put our Art and Design technology skills to the test when designing and making our pop-up Christmas cards. We worked with Mr Kemp to design the front our our cards using different techniques to collage our images. Then we created a pop-up element on the inside our our cards by folding, cutting and sticking to create the desired effect.
We also got the chance to discuss the Christmas Story and the birth of Jesus. We first discussed what Christmas means to us and that it is about the love we show for one another. We represented this by wrapping a small gift with our love and presenting them to baby Jesus in the manger.
We then dressed as the people that would have been there for the birth of Jesus and stood around the new born King.
Creating Christmas Story Characters
This activity allowed us to think of the all the people that were involved in the birth of Christ. We used lots of different resources to make representations of them. We made angels, wise men, shepherds, Mary and Joseph.
The Three Wise Men
At this activity we looked at the three wise men and their role in the birth of Christ. We look at a map of the stars and created the path they would have taken, following the North star, to find Jesus and the stable. We looked at what frankincense and myrrh would have been like, as well as a 'gold coin', but ours was made from chocolate!
The Shepherds Story
Here we met one of the shepherds that was visited by an angel. He told us his story of what happened that night and how he felt.
Over the next 3 weeks we will be looking at Arctic animals. We have begun by creating fact files around different animals that live within the arctic circle. To do this we visited our school library where we used laptops, iPad's and books to find out information about our chosen animal. We mainly focused on Arctic hares, snowy owls, Arctic wolves and reindeer (although we have looked at other animals as well).
This week we have been learning about an arctic explorer from America called Robert Peary. Robert was one of the first explorers to find the North Pole. It took him and his team 3 attempts to find the North Pole before he was successful. He started his expedition in 1908 and found the North Pole in April 1909. As you can imagine, not have the resources we have now, this was not easy for Robert and his team.
We were very lucky to have Robert come and meet us where we got the opportunity to ask him questions about his time there and his journey.
We have made our own pumpkin soup after reading the story of 'Pumpkin Soup' by Helen Cooper. Unfortunately we didn't have any pumpkins so we swapped it for butternut squash. We went through the process of chopping the vegetables we needed, then boiled them and blended them together (as well as adding a pipkin of salt), before trying our soup. Some of us really enjoyed the soup but some didn't. However, we wouldn't have know this unless we had tried it.
This week we have been talking lots about respect. We have discussed how we can show respect to others, equipment and our environment; as well as how we can respect ourselves. We have worked hard all week rehearsing a Respect Rap. We found it rather tricky but we persevered, Miss Rushby came to our rescue with an innovated version of a popular 'catchy' song so we decided to record both!
In preparation for Sunday, we have been learning about what Remembrance Sunday is and why we remember those who gave their lives so we can enjoy ours. The children have been donating all week but had the chance to cover the giant poppy with what they could give.
As a year group we had a focus of looking at the uniforms that the soldiers would have worn during WWI in preparation to share with the whole school during the assembly at the end of the day. We also labelled a WWI soldier, learning some very interesting facts about their uniform and kit.
We have been looking at different religions. We compared Judaism and Christianity, looking at their religious texts, places of worship and religious symbols.
We have also looked at some clothing that is worn by Jewish people as well as their holly festival 'Sukkot', where we made a 'Sukkah' (a temporary structure with an open roof).
We headed outside as a Year group to complete our weekly mile. We enjoyed getting some fresh air and talking to our friends. It definitely blew the cobwebs away and burnt off some energy so we were ready to head back inside and continue our learning.