Back to school
In English we started the week by looking at and reading the book 'The day the crayons quit'. The story is about a box of colourful crayons, who each write a letter to their owner Duncan. Each colour crayon has a problem with how Duncan uses them, York class found pink and peaches letter very funny. Next, York class had to write a letter replying to a crayon, focusing on the features of the letter. After that they innovated one of the characters, as a class we decided to change this to a paintbrush. The children then wrote their own story about 'The day the paintbrush quit'.
In maths we have been looking at money. The children started the week by learning about the different value of coins and notes that we use in England, they can now identify 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1.00, £2.00, £5.00, £10.00, £20.00 and £50.00. They discovered that you can change the coins to find a given amount, they used 2 10p to make 20p.
At the end of the week York class set up a shop, which sold many pretend toys and sweets, the children had to go around the shop and try and place the correct value onto the item they wanted to buy, they all really enjoyed this real life skill.
Next we looked at 2D and 3D shapes, we have been learning all the different names of a shape. We have been able to describe the properties of a shape by using our maths language of sides, corners and vertices. We also had great fun by seeing how tall we could build a tower using 3D shapes.
Our CCCS topic this term is 'The fire of London', which the children of York class have really enjoyed beginning to learn about. They have discovered where the fire first started, in Pudding Lane and who owned the Bakery shop. They can all tell the year the fire was in and how many days that the fire lasted. The children discovered that a man called Samuel Pepys wrote a diary during the fire describing what it was like for someone living in London. Next the children worked in groups and have been able to complete a timeline of the fire, the fire started in the early hours of Sunday morning and was finally put out completely on Thursday.
Here are some pictures of what we have been up to in York class.