16th December Weekly Review

It has been an eventful last week of Term 2 in Maple Class!

We have been learning about the features and structure of a diary this term, so the children wrote a diary entry based on two days, from the perspective of the boy from our focus text, ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea.’ They included features such as: paragraphs based around a theme, events in chronological order, time adverbials and connectives, emotions, first person, past tense and descriptive vocabulary. 

Our Maths learning this week has focused on problem solving skills. The children particularly enjoyed a problem involving elves wearing different coloured clothes – they worked in groups to solve the question of ‘how many different combinations each elf could wear four different coloured items of clothes.’ The children proved that they could discuss this problem as a group and focused on a strategic method to solve the problem.

On Tuesday, it was the perfect opportunity to use snow from outside to conduct a science investigation to establish what would melt snow the quickest: outside temperature, room temperature, cold water, heat from our hands, salt or sugar. The children wrote their predictions and explained their reasoning, then conducted the experiment and presented their findings with a conclusion. They concluded that heat from hands melted the snow the quickest, followed by the salt. The children were fascinated to learn that road gritting lorries use salt and sand as the chemicals in salt help to reduce the freezing point of water.

Other learning this week included an evaluation of our Art learning this term and we also used oil pastel blending skills to create a Christmas card to take home.  

The week ended with a movie morning with hot chocolate, marshmallows and whipped cream whilst watching a Christmas film followed by a party in the afternoon and fun outside to end a fantastic term of learning!

We wish you all a very ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!’  Thank you for all our cards and presents – they are very much appreciated.

Mrs Chapman and Miss Harris