In computing this week, Apples and Pears worked on an Ipad using the app "Sketchbook" to create a self-portrait. Some children could achieve this; others found it difficult. Well done to all those children who demonstrated resilience and perseverance when the Ipad didn't do what they wanted it to - even Miss Kennett found this tricky!
In science this week, Apples and Pears children explored different materials. There were three zones where children had to explore different materials, discuss similarities and differences, and used adjectives to describe their properties. We recapped the definition of "material" multiple times. Well done Apples and Pears!
In R.E. this week, Apples and Pears have been revising what Christians remember when they celebrate Christmas. After recapping the Nativity story, children discussed the meaning of the four candles in the Advent wreath (hope, faith, joy and peace) and began to make their own advent wreaths to decorate the classroom with. Well done Apples and Pears!
In English last week, we looked at the story "Dogger" by Shirley Hughes. As part of this unit, we pretended we were either Dave (the main character) or an interviewer. As a class, we discussed possible questions to ask Dave, such as "Where do you think you left Dogger?", "How are you feeling now?" and "What reward will you give if you find him?" All children thoroughly enjoyed this activity; specific pairs also got to demonstrate their ideas to the class. Well done!
In history, we have been learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This week we have been working on sequencing the events of the Gunpowder Plot.
This week in PSHE, Apples and Pears discussed what "bullying" is and how someone might be feeling if they were bullied. Children worked in mixed ability groups to act out a scenario and discuss if it constituted bullying. Students then recorded how they would help someone who was being bullied. Well done Apples and Pears!
Apples and Pears have been reading the poem "A Silver Speck" by Laura Purdie Salas. This week, they have worked together to read and act out the second verse together. At the end of the lesson, all children performed the second verse at the front of the class. Well done!
Apples and Pears worked in mixed ability groups to think what they already knew about different weather types. They considered what kind of clothing they would wear, what they already knew, how the weather made them feel and any questions they had about the weather that they wanted to find out. Students worked very well considering it was a Friday afternoon - well done!
In R.E. this week, we looked at how Buddhists show thankfulness in the Rice Festival in Bali. We discussed where Bali was on the map, and that villagers create bamboo templates and small rice dolls to keep evil spirits away and show thankfulness. We coloured in Buddhist flags, created Buddhist temples out of Lego and made our own rice dolls.
In English this week, Apples and Pears have been acting out the story of "Farmer Duck". We have been taking turns to be one of the characters (the duck, the farmer and the narrator). When Miss Kennett rang a bell, children had to freeze and explore how their character was feeling at that point in the story. Lots of fun was had by all!
In English this week, Apples and Pears children have been reading the book "Farmer Duck" by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenburg. Children have completed work sequencing the story and explaining how the main character is feeling.
In science this week, Apples and Pears children started the lesson by answering a quiz on senses. They then worked together in mixed ability groups to sort fruits and vegetables by sight, texture or touch. Finally, the children designed a poster explaining their groups to potential customers and "sold" their items to one another.
In computing this week, Apples and Pears children worked together in mixed ability groups to log on to a computer. The children had both a username and password which use capital and lower-case letters.
In music this week, Apples and Pears have been learning how to keep the beat of the music. We have been having lots of fun learning to copy patterns, funny facial expressions and melodies.
In science, we have been looking at adult and baby pictures and trying to work out who is who! It was definitely harder than we expected!