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Animals

Today we started looking at our new class text!

The brilliant 'The boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse' by Charlie Mackesy. We studied a few of the illustrations and began to put together our own little story maps of the adventures of the three animals. I can't wait to see how these progress over the next two weeks! 

 

We have been practising recognising and naming 3D shapes this week in Maths. We explored the classroom for objects that we could match to the different groups of 3D shapes.We then looked at how each face on a 3D object is a 2D shape!  

 

We have loved exploring our class book in English. This week we have been editing our story maps along with developing our speaking and listening skills. We each had time to share our story with a peer, where we told our stories and collected feedback. We really enjoyed listening to each others work. 

 

This week in Maths, we have been looking deeply at our numbers. We have started to explore how to represent our numbers in the groups - tens and ones. We were using the part whole models to see how each number can be partitioned. 

 

 

Parent Event 

 

Thank you to all those who came to support our parent event. We loved digging in the sand to discover words which described parts of the body of an animal. Once we read the words we were able to match the words to the correct image. Afterwards, we matched a definition to those images before completing a jigsaw of the animals. 

 

This week, we started to explore footprints in art. We discussed images of animal footprints and described the textures that we could see. Afterwards, we went outside to collect natural materials to help us make interesting textures, like those that appeared in the images. We then experimented in our sketchbooks by taking rubbings and drawings of natural materials.

 

We have loved exploring clay this term. We spent time learning how to cut, coil and roll the clay before making a simple thumb pot. We have then made our animal footprints in the clay using our natural materials and sketchbook experiments. 

 

Today we finished off our beautiful illustrations in the style of Charlie Mackesy. We took our time adding watercolour and carefully tested our colours before painting the real illustration. 

 

Our animal display is looking wonderful and full of work! 

 

This week, the children explored the bones of real animals! We spent time looking at the structure of a rabbit and a turkey. We also were lucky enough to explore different teeth from multiple animals including a crocodile and a shark! We have learnt all about the different groups of animals and how we fit into these categories. We are very excited to go and see real animals on our trip next week. 

 

Thank you to all the parents who came to support us during our reading morning on Friday. We hope you enjoyed sharing a book and joining in with the activities. 

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