Our topic this term is Amazing Animals.
We are all different, but how different are animals? Can we identify animals and their features? What makes them unique? What features do they have in common? What do they eat and how can you classify them? How do their features help them in the climate they live in? This term we become walking-talking Animal Encyclopedias!
As super Scientists we will learn lots of new scientific vocabulary! We will name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
As hands-on historians we will study the life of Sir David Attenborough and learn all about why it is important to look after animals. Have humans always been kind to animals? How has this changed?
As growing Geographers we will study maps to learn about where different animals live and why they need to live in that environment.
As aspirational Artists we will use animal texture and pattern as inspiration to create our own prints and designs.
We have started the term on a high with an exciting new topic about Amazing Animals. We had a dressing up day and met Dave the Tortoise. The children were fascinated to watch him walking around and they were all Responsible Rabbits and stroked him very gently.
We have also started to learn how to tell the time this week. The children have understood the concepts very well and most can confidently read and move the hands to the o clock position.
In our English sessions this week we have learnt the story of the Snail and the Whale. The children have learnt it through actions and some have drawn pictures of their favourite parts of the story.
The children are continuing to enjoy learning more facts about the different types of animals. They were all amazed to find out that a whale is a mammal but a shark is a fish even though they both live in the sea. We have learnt in more detail about how their young are born and focused on whether animals are warm or cold blooded to help classify them.
This week we introduced the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. Most of the children were able to explain the difference. We then made and dissected poo (just porridge and paint really) and they could all say which type of animal it might be, based on their diet by what was in the poo.
We have continued our work on fractions and telling the time. The children have focussed on half past the hour this week and all understand that the minute hand needs to be down on the 6. We will continue to practise o’clock and half past over the next few weeks to ensure they have all fully understood the concept securely.