Welcome to Crocodiles & Sharks
The Crocodiles have enjoyed learning about The Great Fire of London and used this learning to produce some wonderful stories, character profiles and poetry. They were inspired when a fantastic eyewitness from the past – Sir William Petty – came into school to tell them all about the incredible events that took place during the fateful fire of 1666. The children helped Sir William in a demonstration to show how the fire was able to spread so quickly once it had started in Thomas Farynor’s bakery. They formed bucket chains to learn how Londoners fought the blaze – it was a tiring job!
Miss Whiteman from The South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service came into school to talk with the children. She told them all about her role as a modern day firefighter and answered questions about how fires are dealt with these days. The children were interested to learn how firefighters are highly trained to safely deal with, not only fires, but road traffic accidents and floods etc, too. It made us realise just how lucky we are to have such a wonderful emergency service on call 24 hours a day.
This week, we are planning to bake and write instructions detailing how to make delicious bread rolls!
As part of our next topic – “Super Humans” we are looking forward to learning how to keep our bodies fit and healthy, as well as learning why it is important to keep gruesome germs at bay! We will write reports, poetry, instructions and character profiles linked to this learning.
In the next half term, Sharks will continue to work on basic number skills and use them to solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will be looking at graphs and learning how to interpret data from them, as well as reading scales linked to length, weight and mass. Sharks will revisit fractions and money too. The children have been practising their times tables and it would be great if you could practise facts for the 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 times tables at home. Quick fire knowledge of these facts will greatly help the children in their day to day mathematics.
The Meerkats have learned lots of interesting facts about The Kalahari Desert by reading Emily Gravett’s fantastic book, ‘Meerkat Mail.’ They have written postcards to Sunny, (the main character in the story), and made information sheets about black backed jackals. They have compared the lives of African children to those of children in the UK.
In the next half term, our Meerkats will be basing their writing around some rather unusual superheroes… so watch this space!
Mrs Needham & Mrs Richardson