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Under The Sea

In this topic we will be learning about penguins and blue whales.

We will learn about where they live, what they eat, who they live with and how their babies are born and looked after. We will compare the two animals, and think about 'same' and 'different'.  We will also be learning some penguin poems!


We will make cone-shaped penguins and learn about watercolour wet-on-wet technique to create beautiful sea-coloured whales. 


The end of the term sees us taking part in "Wonder Week" as part of a whole school event learning about the book "The Wonder" by Faye Hanson https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wonder-Faye-Hanson/dp/1783701145/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1552947488&sr=8-3&keywords=the+wonder


We are now visiting Reception 2 afternoons a week for inclusion, and will be doing maths during these two sessions (shape space and measure).

Week 1 & 2


Unfortunately Mrs Stokes was unwell during Week 1 and Week 2, so we were unable to upload photos for those weeks. During Week 3, our camera corrupted our SD card and we lost lots of photos - but don't worry there are still a few to look at! Hoping normal service will be resumed ASAP!

Week 4


Our camera has done it again, and been returned to Amazon with a request for a replacement! Fingers

crossed it arrives quickly! This week we learned a poem - The Hatchling's Song - and practised performing it as a class ready for the assembly on Friday for National Poetry day. We made Penguin hats, and hinged eggs so we could act out the poem in different ways. In maths everyone has been carrying on with their personal targets - number bonds/bridging 10, sorting addition and subtractions (looking closely at the symbols), representing numbers through mark-making, and noticing when 2 amounts of objects are 'the same'.

Week 5


We did a little bit of work on rhyming this week, and then we generated penguin words ('what doing' verbs or 'what like' adjectives). We selected 2 what doing words plus a what like word or phrase to make each line of our poems. Here's an example:


Surviving, diving, black and white

Huddling, hugging, fat

Hunting, swimming, cute penguins


How fantastic is that?!


In maths we've continued to learn about 2d and 3d shape names and properties, and recognising/matching coins.

Week 6


This week we concentrated on rhyme, and generated some rhymes for penguin words by changing the 1st letter using magnetic letters or whiteboards. We then developed, with lots of support, phrases with the rhyming words on the end to make rhyming couplets.


Here's an example:


Penguins are fat

They fall down splat!


Thinking of a phrase with a given word at the end is really hard so we didn't write much this week - but we did practise our letter and number formation and in maths continued to work on 2d and 3d shape, positional language, and money.