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Mulberry Class


SUMMER Term 2018

What a great start back to school after the Easter holidays! A new term and a new topic - 

From Village Greens to City Scenes

 

We will be learning all about the land around us with a focus on geography this term. To start off our learning journey, we visited Hollingbury Hillfort this morning on a sensory walk. We collected words and phrases that described what we saw, heard, smelled, touched and felt. Then we used this word bank to create our own poem. 

​Stan said that he could see the Amex Stadium, loads of birds and the i360. Izzy could smell nature's fresh air and fresh muddy grass. Callum could hear the wind swooshing and birds tweeting. Imogen said she touched the thorny branches. Hunny said she felt tired but really excited to get to the top. Tahlia felt free. She said she felt happy to be out in the fresh air. 

Week 2 Update:

This week we have been continuing learning about the world around us in topic lessons. We learnt that there are 7 continents and we split into groups to research and present a continent each. 

 

In maths, we are continuing with fractions. We started by looking at fractions of a shape, revising what we knew from the infants: half, quarter etc. We started to look at unit and non-unit fractions: one quarter and more than one quarter. After that, we have started to learn about fractions of amounts. We started by dividing our class into half, and then quarters. 

In English, we have really enjoyed learning about poetry. We started by reading Daffodils by William Wordsworth. It has helped us see how poetry can paint a picture with words, transporting the reader (and their senses) to another place or time. We have been developing our own poetry toolkit to include rhyme, alliteration, metaphor, simile, personification and onomatopoeia.  

We have loved our swimming lessons on a Monday!

Sadly we have had to postpone our trip to Glynde due to bad weather. We hope to go next Friday instead.

Friday 25.5.18 

Half term is Finally here! We are so glad that we postponed our trip as the weather was fantastic in Glynde! As a result we collected some very imaginative words and phrases which we used to create poems about our rural retreat! Our poems were edited, improved, written up in best and illustrated. They look amazing!

As our poetry topic is now at an end, we have begun to look at information leaflets as a writing genre. In particular, tourism leaflets which promote an attraction to potential visitors. Mulberry Class were naturals at spotting the persuasive language, imperative verbs and use of visuals to convey key messages to the reader. As a result, they worked in teams, using a famous Brighton landmark each as a stimulus, to produce a mind map of unique features to tempt tourists. We were pleased to discover that some of our poetry toolkit worked effectively in a promotional information leaflet. E.G: repetition, alliteration, metaphor and simile. 

Next, we linked all this together with conjunctions to produce full sentences ready for our own individual leaflets. Now they are finished they look fabulous! Sure to tempt visitors with promises of 'family fun' 'the best day out ever' 'an underwater adventure' and reasons to visit which include relaxation or excitement depending on our target audience. 

In maths, we completed our fractions work by adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators. This sounds tricky but Mulberries made superb progress with this topic. 

We have since completed a two week block of learning on TIME. Some children already knew how to tell the time, so they extended and consolidated their knowledge on the basics by the games and discussion using individual learning clocks. As we progressed, we learnt to tell the time to the hour, to the half hour, to the quarter hour and then to the nearest minute! Starting with analogue clocks, we compared these times to digital AND the 24 hour clock. Phew! It was hard at times and all children agreed they preferred using digit clocks, however, they know it is important to know how to tell the time on both. 

The final few lessons on time saw us finding duration of events, then finding the end time or start time of an event. 

In art, we have been using the book 'The Window' by Jeannie Baker as inspiration for our own landscape collages. We have looked at her techniques (on her website) and thought about what materials we might need. 

In topic, we have been carrying on with the geography focus of 'From Village Greens to City Scenes' and considering how the passage of time has an effect on the landscape. We noted the housing development at the start of our own Lynchet Close and discussed the benefits and down-sides of urbanisation. 

 We are looking forward to starting some new topics in maths and English after half term. These will be Geometry - Properties of Shapes and Narratives - Imaginary Worlds. We will be continuing our geography topic with another trip - this time to the city, our own City of Brighton!

 

 

 

We started to zoom in and discovered we live in Europe, in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is made up of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We live in England. We continued to zoom in and found that England is made up of several regions. We live in the South East, in the city of Brighton. 

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We started to zoom in and discovered we live in Europe, in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is made up of 4 countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We live in England. We continued to zoom in and found that England is made up of several regions. We live in the South East, in the city of Brighton. 

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