2020 – 2021
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Why are our toys more fun than our grandparent’s toys?
This half-term we are learning all about toys! Through this history topic, we will be comparing old and new toys, discovering which toys would have been on our grandparent’s Christmas lists and exploring toys that were popular in the Victorian times. We will even make a Victorian cup and ball game! We will look at new game technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality, consider what future toys may be like and design our own games of the future!
To help support your child, please click here for a Knowledge Organiser which gives key information and has lots of useful images all about this topic. It will also help if your child has opportunities to discuss with their parents/carers and grandparents about the different toys they had as children. If you have photographs of any toys from the past, please share with your child and over Class Dojo.
Which materials should the three little pigs have used to build their house?
Throughout this science topic, children will:
• Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.
• Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock
• Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials.
• Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials based on their simple physical properties.
• Discuss the suitability of materials for their purpose.
Please explore the attached Knowledge Organiser with your child which contains key vocabulary, useful images, sticky knowledge and key learning. Click here.
2019 – 2020
The Arctic or Antarctica?
In spring 1 we have been learning all about our world. We have been learning the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We have also been learning about life in the Arctic and Antarctica and how the climate changes the closer we move towards the equator. In Science, we have been investigating how polar bears keep warm and which animals live in different habitats.
We are visiting the Tyneside cinema to watch Happy Feet and will learn about the environmental impact in Antarctica.
In RE we have been learning about Christianity and symbols that are special to Christians as well as the Christian practice of Baptism. We visited Pelton church to learn about the features of the church and discuss Baptism further.
How was life different for my great-grandparents?
In autumn 2 we have been learning all about life in the past. We asked the question why Remembrance was important and we also asked about home life in the past. We learnt about a Victorian home and how it was different to today. We were keen to explore Victorian artefacts and guess what some of them were used for. It was lots of fun! We played Victorian Christmas parlour games, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
In Design and Technology we explored how levers and sliders move and we then designed, made and evaluated our own Christmas lever or slider for a reception child.
We performed the Christmas nativity ‘Born in a Barn’. We sang and performed as animals from the Christmas story.
In PSHE we have been celebrating difference and we made pledges for anti-bullying week and designed odd socks. Here are some examples from our floor books with our work.
To infinity and beyond!
In autumn 1 we have been learning all about explorers!
We have been learning about the famous explorers Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. We explored how those explorers were brave and we placed events on timelines and investigated how the past is interpreted in different ways.
In Science, we have been investigating what animals and humans need to survive. We investigated how astronauts stay fit and healthy in space and also how to ensure our hands are clean. We visited the Life Science Centre in Newcastle and participated in different workshops linked to our Science work. We had time to explore the Space exhibition and the rest of the centre. It was a truly amazing day!
We also studied a jewellery designer Roxanne Assoulin during Arts Week. We designed and made colourful bracelets using a repeating pattern.