What We Learnt Last Half Term

People, Places and Planets

The Doves have made a fantastic start to the new school year, making new friends and settling well into the school routine.  We’ve really enjoyed learning through this terms topic, ‘People, Places & Planets.’

In Maths we have been focussing on shape to create space themed art work; from spacemen and rockets using 2D shapes, to creating 3D aliens using clay. The Doves have created some fantastic artwork, whilst underpinning their knowledge of shapes; excellent work Doves! We have also been using the song ‘Five Little Aliens’ to help us practise counting and extending this to playing adding and subtracting games using aliens and spaceships.

During Art this half term our main focus has been designing and creating our own rockets using junk modelling materials. The Doves carefully considered which materials, sizes and shapes from the available ‘junk’ would be suitable to create their rockets. They then independently chose their own colours and materials to decorate them. The Doves are extremely proud of their rockets which have been on display in class; expect them to fly home at the end of term!

For R.E this half term, we have focussed on Diwali, especially on the story of Rama, Sita and the Diva lamps. We developed our sense of ‘awe and wonder’, lowering the lights, lighting our candles, and quietly listening to the special story. This inspired us to become very creative in our writing and artwork afterwards.

For our English sessions we have been reading the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ which has been the basis for our reading and writing activities. We really enjoyed reading the book together as a class, interpreting the events in the story through the pictures, and predicting what will happen next. We were so inspired by the book, that we decided to help Carole who usually sorts the laundry in school to wash and hang out to dry all of the laundry, in the hope that aliens might visit us at school!

We look forward to many more fantastic learning opportunities for our next topic ‘‘All the World’s a Stage.’ The staff team hope you have a restful half term break.