Sea Turtles Class
We are Sea Turtles and our class teacher is Mr Ringrose. Our teaching assistant is the fantastic Mrs Ball.
In English this term we will be looking at a range of text types including: diary entries, persuasive letters and performance poetry. Children have begun planning their diary entries. I have challenged children to write a diary entry from the perspective of a character who witnesses the impact of plastic pollution. In spelling and grammar lessons, children will learn to use co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions to improve the complexity of their sentences. Children will also learn to use a greater range of punctuation. Recently, children read a chapter from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We also watched extracts from the film, comparing the similarities between the film and book. The children were then asked to write a persuasive letter to the minister of magic. I gave the children the choice of whether to defend the actions of the mythical creature, Buckbeak, or argue that the creature should be executed. We had great fun with these lessons and the quality of writing the children produced was exceptional.
I have been very impressed with the children’s maths skills at this early stage of the school year. We have focused on place value and ensuring that we are able to partition numbers and identify the value of each digit. In the coming weeks our focus will turn to fluency. Children will consolidate written methods and build their problem solving and reasoning skills when answering word problems. The children have also shown great enthusiasm for Times Tables Rockstars – an interactive game that improves times tables recall. The children are encouraged to log in and play at home!
In topic this half-term, children will explore the impact plastic pollution is having on our oceans. Children have already shown great enthusiasm for this topic and demonstrated impressive prior knowledge. Children will research sea turtles and other sea creatures suffering from the plastic in our oceans. Plastic pollution will be the inspiration for poems that children will create and perform.
In P.E we will be focusing on a range of team sports including: netball, football, hockey and even ultimate Frisbee! In science we will be exploring the human body and creating our own heart designs out of clay.