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Autumn 2

Autumn 2 - WK6

 

Assessment week is here!  Good luck everybody and show us what great things you've learnt how to do.

 

 

Autumn 2 - WK5

 

We kicked of the week by writing some amazing descriptions about a hot air balloon journey and really proved that we are making progress in our English.  To continue our literary efforts, we also practised some comprehension papers and are getting used to scanning for information.

 

Our RE studies have helped us understand more about Hindu Worship (Puja) and how Hindus use all their senses using the items on the Puja tray to enhance their connection to god.

 

In Art, we have started to make our own landscapes in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.  Watch this space for examples of our fantastic art...

 

How our bodies move, has been the subject of our Science lessons and the clever team work that our muscles perform in order to get around.

Maybe, you could ask a Panda pupil what is the difference been involuntary and voluntary muscles, and where they are likely to be in the body.

 

It has been an important week for Human Rights and we have been learning that people everywhere are born equal in the respect they deserve and the rights that they have.  These fundamental rights help make the world a better place, help people to be treated fairly and help people receive what they need to live a happy, fulfilled and successful life.

 

 

 

Autumn 2 - WK4

 

We've delved into the life of early Queen Victoria with our English lesson reading, following the experiences of the servants that worked for her.  In particular, we see through the eyes of Charlotte, or Lottie as she likes to be called, and find out what chores a nurse maid has to do in Buckingham Palace in order to look after the royal babies.

 

In Maths, we've been concentrating on the 3 times table and how to use it to multiply by 2-digit numbers.  Therefore, going beyond the 12 times table with our multipliation skills.  We've also dipped our toes into grid method of multiplication and will have more practise throughout Autumn term 2.

 

Did you know that the Victorians were an inventive lot?  Well we've been looking at some of the inventions that they created that we still use today - albeit, looking alot different.  Thanks to these creative geniuses, we can like a life with alot more convenience, travel further and communicate with those farther away.  Remember, when you send your Christmas cards this year, it is from the help of the humble stamp that stemmed from the Victoria era.  Seasons greetings!

 

 

Autumn 2 - WK3

 

 

What a colourful week we have had!  It all started with celebrating Diwali and adorning our playground and classroom door with repeated Rangoli patterns - which the children enjoyed immensely.  We've also been learning about the Hindu religion in our R.E. lessons.

 

Later in the week, we continued to look at the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh and practised making similar swirling patterns using the media of pencils, crayons and paint. 

 

We have written some amazing Panda non-chronological reports, so feel free to quiz our new found experts on this amazing Chinese bear. 

 

In maths, we have looked at subtrating both mentally and using the formal method of column subtractions - trying very hard to remember to borrow from next door and regroup the numbers that we are subtracting from. 

 

Our knowledge of the skeleton was developed in Science with a look at the some of the 206 bones that are hiding under our skin, and looking at the functions they perform.  

 

Finally, our History learning has been about the second longest reigning British monarch, Queen Victoria.  It was refreshing to see such a strong woman in a position of power and to learn of how inventions started to change the way she lived.  We also learned that she was an avid journal writer!  I wonder what she would have thought about our marvellous Remembrance Diaries?

 

 

Autumn 2 - WK2        

 

It's Children In Need week!

 

Every morning this week we have had an energizer either moving to the instructions of Joe Wicks (this year's ambassador) or to the professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing.  At the end of the week we had great fun putting all the moves together in P.E.

 

We also continued to learn all about how to keep our bodies and minds healthy by watching the 5 to Thrive videos and continuing our Science learning on being healthy.

 

On the calmer side of things, we have practised journalling about our day and practised some mindfullness, which the children found really relaxing and rewarding.  Why not give it a try and keep practising?

 

 

 

 

Thank you for all the brilliant outfits on Friday, the lovely beaming faces and for your generous donations to this wonderful cause.

 

Autumn 2 - WK1              

 

This term heralds to start to a jam-packed curriculum and lots of seasonal variety. We have been making Remembrance Day art and memorising a poem so please look out for our version on the Remembrance compilation on Wednesday 11th November.

 

In Maths, we've been building on our place value knowledge with larger numbers and in English we have been looking at diaries, being inspired by the diaries from soldiers in the World Wars.  We've also been polishing up our phonics knowledge, so any practise on the phonics play website at home would be of real benefit too.

 

We've started to look at online safety with the help of the SMART crew, who have advised to not trust attachments from people we don't know and to delete them and tell our parents.  We have also started to introduce ourselves in Español, so you may start to hear some international lingo coming your way! 

 

It is important to fuel our bodies with the healthy stuff, so in Science we have looked at the NHS Eatwell healthy food plate and found out that we need more of different food groups than others.  It was quite a revelation to see that sugar and chocolate did not appear on the plate, at all, and that our bodies' don't need it to survive! I am not sure about our minds though? Now there's a challenge for Christmas!

 

Our History lesson focused on organising some key events (that we have looked at since starting school) into a time line.  Pandas can be very proud of themselves for not only recognising the events in history but for also remembering many of the key dates too!

 

Next week we are going to embrace the 5 to thrive theme of this year's Children in Need.  So get ready for some fun during the week and cheerful costume wearing on Friday.

 

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